The Indiana Civil Rights Commission has launched an advertising campaign throughout the state aimed at encouraging Hoosiers to report housing discrimination.
ICRC spokesperson Brad Meadows says a study found that less than 5 percent of housing discrimination cases in the state are reported.
“Unlike other forms of discrimination I think housing discrimination specifically, there’s a great need for individuals just to know that they have rights – to fully understand what they are and what they can do about it if they do face discrimination,” Meadows said.
Apartment owners and landlords are supposed to stay up to date on fair housing laws, and Indiana Apartment Association President Lynn Petersen says that landlords sometimes require employees to take classes and seminars.
“It’s very common, they’re used to these laws,” Petersen said. “They’ve not changed over the years. Now, court cases may dictate how some of the laws are interpreted but they’re very aware of them and this is nothing new to the industry.”
The ICRC’s advertising campaign is being funded by a $250,000 grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.