Audio, News Story (Washington)
KPLU News (local NPR, Puget Sound region)
June 29, 2015
Tags: Housing: Discrimination, U.S. Supreme Court
Organizations mentioned/involved: Northwest Justice Project (NJP) (WA), Columbia Legal Services (Washington State)
Eric Dunn is a housing attorney with Northwest Justice Project in Seattle who has brought Fair Housing Act cases against landlords who have blanket policies excluding people with criminal records.
“They’ll put in their advertisement you have to have a clean criminal background, so they don’t care what it is, what the crime was, when it happened, what the circumstances were, sometimes they don’t even care if the person got convicted – an arrest is good enough for them – they’ll deny these folks,” Dunn said.
Dunn says because minorities are over-represented in the criminal justice system, those kinds of policies result in housing discrimination.