Among favored renters, whites preferred

May 07, 2015
Although most renters in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties receive similar treatment when inquiring about a property, some housing providers show racial preference, according to results from a statewide fair housing testing program released last month.
     The Indiana Civil Rights Commission, the state's enforcement agency, conducted tests from February through December last year to gauge preferential treatment and fair housing law compliance. The commission said this is the first test of statewide breadth in the nation.
     "The goal and our hope would be that (renters) would not receive any sort of negative treatment or favoritism but be treated the same as everyone else," said Akia Haynes, deputy director and general counsel for the commission.