SURVEY OF HOUSING DISCRIMINATION IN PINELLAS COUNTY

10/15/02

Leon Russell, director of the Pinellas County Office of Human Rights, discussed his department's recent study showing that the majority of black and Hispanic people renting apartments in Pinellas County experience some form of differential treatment. Using people of different ethnicity, the Human Rights office sent sets of people to test rental policies throughout the county. Black testers reported receiving different forms and different information and said they were shown different apartments and often quoted different prices. Some reported being asked more personal questions than whites.

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