Keeping Them Honest

How a non-profit is testing for housing discrimination in Maine.
October 22, 2003, 2pm PDT | David Gest
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"...[T]he nonprofit organization Pine Tree Legal Assistance is launching a unique program this fall to gauge the level of housing discrimination in the Greater Portland area…The type of project upon which Pine Tree is embarking is called 'paired testing,' and it involves paid volunteers pretending to be interested in renting or buying a place to live." The group plans to focus on “issues of immigration, disability, familial status, and source of income..." The test even helps reveal discrimination in cases where people feel that they have been treated well. Anyone discriminated against during the test could receive monetary compensation, which some critics call entrapment.

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Published on Friday, October 10, 2003 in Portland Phoenix

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