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Opening Doors: An Investigation of Barriers to Senior Housing for Same-Sex Couples

February 2014 | Equal Rights Center

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“This investigation is the first of its kind to focus on providing objective, quantitative data specific to older same-sex couples seeking senior housing."

This report documents the results of 200 matched-pair telephone tests conducted by the ERC in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington. In 96 of the 200 tests (48%), a tester inquiring about housing in a senior living facility for a same-sex couple experienced at least one form of adverse differential treatment, as compared to a counterpart tester inquiring about housing for a heterosexual couple.


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