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The Choice to Discriminate: How Source of Income Discrimination Constrains Opportunity for Housing Choice Voucher Holders

PhD student Forrest Hangen and Professor Dan O’Brien published “The Choice to Discriminate: How Source of Income Discrimination Constrains Opportunity for Housing Choice Voucher Holders” in Urban Affairs Review. They looked at over 1 million Craigslist listings from cities across the United States and discovered significant discrimination against Housing Choice Voucher holders. In the patterns that emerged, they found that discrimination is a strategic decision by certain landlords when such applicants do not serve their interests. While the voucher program is supposed to give tenants more choice in where they live, some landlords are choosing to constrict that choice and perpetuate historical housing inequities through discrimination. Learn more here

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