- Housing Discrimination Today
- Volume 17, Number 3
- Managing Editor: Mark D. Shroder
- Associate Editor: Michelle P. Matuga
Discrimination as an Object of Measurement
Margery Austin Turner
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
The views expressed in this introduction are those of the guest editors and do not represent the official positions or policies of the Urban Institute, the Office of Policy Development and Research, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or the U.S. government.
For nearly four decades, the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has sponsored large-scale, paired-testing studies to rigorously measure the incidence and forms of housing discrimination in metropolitan areas nationwide. As we approach the 50th anniversary of passage of federal fair housing protections, this issue of Cityscape offers a comprehensive review of HUD’s paired-testing research, which first focused exclusively on discrimination against African-American homeseekers, and, most recently, expanded to measure discrimination based on disability, sexual preference and gender identity, family composition, and housing voucher recipiency.