New research obtained exclusively by Fox Undercover shows your race and ethnic background can play a role in your ability to find a place to live here in Massachusetts.
Cybersegregation: Is Neil a More Desirable Tenant than
Tyrone or Jorge?
Housing that is available via the internet is an increasingly important part of the housing market. Yet, little research has explored whether those with racially/ethnically identifiable names are treated differently by housing providers. This project seeks to improve our understanding of the extent to which discrimination occurs in the emerging electronic market by examining name-based discrimination in two markets -- the Boston and Dallas metropolitan areas.
Fair housing advocacy remains critical to assure equal access to virtually all valued goods and resources in American society. Given the growing use of electronic resources in the housing market and the discrimination that has been uncovered through this project, the time has come for fair housing advocates, researchers, and policy makers alike to direct their energies to combating discrimination in this important segment of the housing market.
This research was supported by funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institutes of Child Health and Human
Development (R21 HD054672, R24 HD044943) and by the National Fair Housing Alliance. The content is solely the responsibility
of the researchers.