Blacks turned away from housing—again

May 06, 2015
The Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, otherwise known as HOPE Inc., has filed two federal lawsuits against Creek Club and Nile Gardens apartments alleging racial discrimination.
     HOPE is a Florida nonprofit corporation that engages in testing for fair housing law violations and fights against discriminatory housing practices. It is funded by the United States Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (U.S. HUD).
     HOPE’s investigation of Creek Club Apartments, located at 1434 NW 19th Terr. in Allapattah, and Nile Gardens Apartments, located at 12750 NW 27th Ave., in Opa-locka, included a series of tests, where representatives from HOPE visited each of the apartments to inquire about prices and availability. In each situation for both locations, black testers who posed as applicants were consistently told that units were not available. Later in the same day, Hispanic testers, who also posed as applicants, were told that units were available and they were taken to see the apartments.