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Section 8 Lawsuit Accuses Philadelphia Landlord of ‘Modern-Day Redlining’

The case alleges that ProManaged Inc., a large property management company, refused to rent to prospective tenants with federal housing vouchers.

Rowhomes in West Philadelphia in 2017.

Rowhomes in West Philadelphia in 2017.

Photographer: Charles Mostoller/Bloomberg

A Philadelphia landlord refused to rent to tenants with federal housing vouchers in its properties in majority-white neighborhoods, while posting listings that encouraged voucher users to apply for its other units in majority-Black parts of the city, according to lawsuits filed against the company in both local and federal court.

The nonprofit Housing Equality Center of Pennsylvania, the nation’s oldest fair housing council, brought the suit against ProManaged Inc., which owns and operates 77 properties across the city, after the nonprofit conducted an investigation into the landlord’s practices. Between May and December 2021, testers for the Housing Equality Center — fair housing agents who pose as prospective renters — made inquiries about listings at ProManaged buildings. According to the suit, these qualified prospective tenants were told repeatedly that management would not accept federal housing choice vouchers, better known as Section 8 vouchers.