Qualified Renters Need Not Apply: Race and Housing Voucher Discrimination in the Metro Boston Rental Housing Market

40 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2020 Last revised: 21 Jan 2021

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Jamie Langowski

Suffolk University Law School

William Berman

Suffolk University Law School

Grace Brittan

University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business

Catherine LaRaia

Suffolk University Law School

Jee-Yeon Lehmann

Analysis Group, Inc.

Judson Woods

Analysis Group, Inc.

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color have long had to navigate the barriers of racist laws, policies, and actions in housing. Housing discrimination perpetuates segregation and contributes to maintaining the status quo of disparities with respect to health inequities as well as income, wealth, and opportunity gaps. The COVID-19 pandemic has put these inequities in stark relief. Data on the current status of such discrimination is valuable for policy makers who should develop anti-racist policies that dismantle structural racism and its attendant harms.

Using matched-pair testing, we measure the level of discrimination based on race and income level in the Greater Boston rental housing market, where both race- and income-based housing discrimination is illegal. Data from the study show high levels of discrimination against both black people and individuals using housing vouchers throughout the pre-rental application

Suggested Citation

Langowski, Jamie and Berman, William and Brittan, Grace and LaRaia, Catherine and Lehmann, Jee-Yeon and Woods, Judson, Qualified Renters Need Not Apply: Race and Housing Voucher Discrimination in the Metro Boston Rental Housing Market (2020). Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy, Vol. 28(1), Fall 2020 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3705668

Jamie Langowski (Contact Author)

Suffolk University Law School ( email )

120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108-4977
United States

William Berman

Suffolk University Law School ( email )

120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108-4977
United States

Grace Brittan

University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business ( email )

CA
United States

Catherine LaRaia

Suffolk University Law School ( email )

120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108-4977
United States

Jee-Yeon Lehmann

Analysis Group, Inc. ( email )

111 Huntington Avenue
Tenth Floor
Boston, MA 02199
United States

Judson Woods

Analysis Group, Inc. ( email )

111 Huntington Avenue
10th floor
Boston, MA 02199
United States

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