“Travelers’ decision to exclude coverage for landlords who lease their residential rental units to tenants who rely on the Housing Choice Voucher Program has a disproportionately negative effect on communities of color and, in particular, African-American neighborhoods which are statistically more likely to have buildings occupied by Housing Choice Voucher holders.”
As the map below illustrates, renters who utilize Housing Choice Vouchers are highly concentrated in communities on the eastern half of the District, areas with largest percentages of African-American and Latino residents.
Lisa Rice, Executive Vice President
National Fair Housing Alliance
The data shows that not only are Housing Choice Voucher holders more highly concentrated in the District’s communities of color but also that the percentage of renters who use the vouchers are much higher in these same areas (see map below). Thus, multi-family properties in communities of color are much more negatively impacted by Travelers’s practices and underwriting policy.