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Audit Highlights Housing Discrimination In Marion County

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A recent audit conducted by the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana reveals high refusal rates for Hoosiers seeking housing with housing choice vouchers.

This was the first such audit in Indiana, and it evaluated the scope of this currently lawful form of housing discrimination and its impact on housing choice.

Amy Nelson is with the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana.

“We would very much want to do some additional audits to see if this is a statewide problem,” Nelson said, “and to look at other factors that might be playing a role. For instance, does race play a role in whether or not somebody has availability with their Section 8 voucher.”

The audit showed that those using vouchers faced denial rates of 82%. In areas that are predominantly white, that number jumped to 90 percent.

A proposal to add source of income housing protection passed the Indianapolis City-County Rules and Public Policy Committee last night.

It goes to the full council in December.

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