HUD Receives Record Number of Discrimination Claims


More than 10,000 housing discrimination complaints were filed in 2008, according to a report released last week by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The report, which is produced for Congress each year, shows 44 percent of the 10,552 cases were filed by persons with disabilities.

Thirty- five percent, or 3,699, of the complaints alleged discrimination by African Americans and other people of color based on race.

“Despite progress, housing discrimination continues in America. We must put a stop to it and stand up for anyone who is unlawfully denied a home of their own,” said John Trasviña, HUD assistant secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “Fighting against housing discrimination and affirmatively furthering fair housing are twin priorities of HUD and the Obama administration.”

A copy of the report can be found at HUD.Gov.

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