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Everyone should have housing that meets their needs, regardless of their circumstances.

We investigate how online tenant screening services and digital records systems operate, and how they impact access to housing. For many people, access to housing depends on a background check into criminal, eviction, and credit records. These records are error prone, misleading, and discriminatory, keeping housing out of reach for those who need it most. Advocates across the country have worked to pass laws expanding access to housing and limiting the negative impacts of background checks in tenant screening. We aim to support and further those efforts.

Latest work in this issue area

All work in this issue area
Response to the FTC's request for information on tenant screening technologies

We responded to the Federal Trade Commission’s request for information on tenant screening technologies, demonstrating how they drive housing insecurity and discrimination.

Natasha Duarte and Mariah de Leon

Tenant Screening Companies Profit from Eviction Records, Driving Housing Insecurity

Our op-ed in Shelterforce on how tenant screening and eviction records drive housing insecurity.

Natasha Duarte and Tinuola Dada

How to Seal Eviction Records

We wrote an issue brief offering guidance and recommendations for advocates and policymakers who seek to draft or support eviction record sealing laws.

Tinuola Dada and Natasha Duarte

Proposals for the Biden Administration to Address Technology’s Role in Housing Discrimination

We sent a memo to agency leaders in the Biden administration on technology’s role in housing discrimination.

Harlan Yu, Aaron Rieke, and Natasha Duarte

Selected press and events

The Hill Trump officials challenge tech over housing discrimination

Miranda Bogen: “Any ad platform that allows this sort of ad-targeting, or that tries to optimize delivery to the right kind of people, will have to grapple with the same sort of issues that Facebook has been called out for.”

TechEquity Collaborative Panel: Algorithms, Bias, and Housing

Natasha joined TechEquity Collaborative to discuss how public and private sector technologies are deployed in the housing space, what possible risks these tools pose for embedding inequality, and what policy solutions can prevent algorithmic bias in housing.

DC Line Clock running out for DC Council action on permanent eviction record-sealing bill in 2020

“Because there are so many different tenant screening companies, renters cannot find out in advance or challenge what a company will say about them.”