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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Housing discrimination against the disabled found in Newton

NEWTON

Fair housing groups who sent undercover auditors into the city found discriminitory practices in 48 percent of tests to see whether whether people with disabilities get fair treatment when seeking housing, Mayor David B. Cohen said.

The 52 tests were part of a first-of-its-kind audit focusing specifically on the experiences of people with disabilities, Cohen said.

“While the results are concerning, the fact that we now have the data is a testament to our will and desire to improve,” Cohen said. The mayor pledged to “eradicate” the problem.

The tests were carried out by the Disability Law Center, the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston, the Newton Fair Housing Task Force, and the city’s Planning and Development Department.

Cohen said the groups would be meeting with Newton’s real estate community over the next several months to try to discuss the audit and determine what steps to take next.

-- Connie Paige

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