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Study shows race still affects home buying, renting
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Minority renters and homebuyers deployed to test for housing discrimination did not run into the blatant discrimination of four decades ago, but were told about and shown fewer homes than their white counterparts with similar backgrounds, according to the results of a major federal housing study released Tuesday.The Department of Housing and Urban Development deployed pairs of testers — one white, one minority in each pair — to do more than 8,000 tests separately across 28 metropolitan areas in the $9 million study the Obama administration conducted last year. Testers were the same gender and age and presented themselves as equally qualified to rent or buy a unit.The blatant discrimination of literally slamming doors in the face of minorities that was found in a similar 1977 HUD study was less evident: minorities usually were able to get appointments and see at least one unit last year. However, blacks and Asian-Americans were treated differently than white counterparts and often given fewer options.Hispanics were also treated differently when renting, however, experienced about equal treatment as whites when seeking to buy a home.“Unfortunately, our findings reveal a sad truth — that the long struggle to end housing discrimination remains unfinished,” HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan told reporters in a telephone news conference.In one case, an Asian tester was first to see an agent about a two-bedroom unit advertised for rent.