We are frequently asked, “Is discrimination really still a problem”? Our resounding answer to this question is “YES!”

Nearly every time we conduct a training session we meet housing providers who are quite shocked to find the practices they have had in place for years are illegally discriminatory. There are always people who say, “I only rent to little old ladies” (to which another participant in one workshop replied, “What if it turns out to be Ma Barker?”). Housing providers comment that they do not rent to people who work in specific industries (forest products, fisheries, etc.), there are people who routinely refuse to rent to families with children, people who absolutely refuse to make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities to most adequately live in their homes. We even have people who make openly discriminatory comments about particular locations because of the predominance of members of protected classes living there.

 

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