The Interfaith Housing Center of the North Suburbs deploys trained volunteers in matched pairs to test for instances of housing discrimination. The organization’s Fall 2010 Newsletter (PDF) reports that:
By far, African Americans are more likely than not to be denied or discouraged rental housing (55%). Unlike their white “matches” in the paired tests, Black testers were told that security deposits
would be higher, required additional application fees, not offered the same move-in perks, stood up in meetings with agents, and even asked, in one case, “Are you sure you want to move to Park Ridge?”
African Americans are also treated differently, about 35% of the time, in the sales market, primarily by being shown different properties in different neighborhoods than their white counterparts.