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Housing discrimination complaints on rise across country

St. Louis mother Arkay O'Malley filed a housing discrimination complaint after a landlord wouldn't lease her an apartment because she has three kids. O'Malley's not alone. Thousands of Americans file complaints every year contending they're discriminated against based on race, disability, sex, national origin, religion, skin color or whether a family has children — a violation of the federal Fair Housing Act. Find out more in an in-depth database report.


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Explore housing discrimination complaints for every U.S. county from 2002 to 2006. Find out how many complaints involved race, ethnicity, disabilities, family status and other factors.

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» Total number of complaints from 2002 to 2006

» Total complaints from 2002 to 2006 by complaint type

» Nine categories of housing complaints

» Outcomes of housing complaints