Unfair housing practices examined

July 31, 2008
The apartment listings began, "I'm not a racist, but ... "
     "That's always a bad start," said James Perry, executive director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center.
     The listings, which cropped up on Web sites meant to help New Orleans evacuees find housing after Hurricane Katrina — one of them a site created by FEMA — went on to justify a desire for exclusively white tenants.
     In the early months after the storm, Perry compiled 28 pages of discriminatory listings from five housing Web sites. By December 2005, he had filed complaints against all five sites with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which enforces fair housing laws. Those cases are still pending.