In Virginia, housing discrimination against Latinos

What can you expect if you are a Latino looking to rent a home in Virginia? Unfair treatment most of the time, according to a new report from the Equal Rights Center. The organization conducted in-person tests to compare the experiences of white and Latino renters. In 55 percent of the tests, Latinos experienced outrageous things like:

  • Being quoted higher rents or higher fees for the same rental unit than white testers;
  • Not being offered incentives or “specials” that were offered to white testers seeking the same housing;
  • Being offered fewer available units or later availability dates than those offered to white testers;
  • Being told about additional application requirements, such as credit checks or providing a social security card, which were not told to white testers.

Related: If you missed it, WRAG released a new report on housing affordability in the Greater Washington region yesterday – What Funders Need to Know: Housing. (Daily, 4/30)

HEALTH | A tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that Americans are both misinformed and under-informed about the Affordable Care Act. First, a depressingly hilarious statistic (KFF, 4/30):

Four in ten Americans (42%) are unaware that the ACA is still the law of the land, including 12 percent who believe the law has been repealed by Congress, 7 percent who believe it has been overturned by the Supreme Court and 23 percent who say they don’t know enough to say what the status of the law is.

Second, and more importantly, responses that have implications for health funders and nonprofits:

About half the public (49%) says they do not have enough information about the health reform law to understand how it will impact their own family.

The share of the public who says they lack enough information to understand how the ACA will affect their family is higher among two groups the law is likely to benefit most – the uninsured (58% of whom say they lack enough information) and low-income households (56% say so).

This is reminiscent of a Pew poll from 2010 about the Supreme Court.

EDUCATION
– D.C. Council member David Catania says that the DCPS goal of all schools being 70 percent proficient by 2017 is “incredibly unrealistic.” He is seeking ways to aggressively change consistently low-performing schools. (WAMU, 5/1)

Opinion: Mayor Gray’s early childhood crusade paying off by Harry Jaffe (Examiner, 5/1)

WORKFORCE | Science, tech jobs dominate region, census says (Examiner, 5/1) Austin Powers might have something to say about that.

SEQUESTRATION | With parts of the Smithsonian being shutdown due to budget cuts, White House tours being suspended, and the Washington Monument being scheduled to take about 162 years to repair after the earthquake, the District is in for a bad tourism year. (WJLA, 5/1)