underserved communities. Additional sources for available housing stock are community newspapers and postings in community centers or on the Internet.
Results from the pilot studies will provide substantial information about how to sample beyond a single metropolitan newspaper in small communities and adjoining rural counties. Researchers also expect to learn a great deal about whether and how to recruit American Indians as auditors. The pilot studies will be informative as well about the feasibility of sending white auditors into adjoining counties that have a high proportion of American Indian households. Results from the smaller pilot studies will be used to determine the feasibility of replicating the study of these communities on a larger scale.
Participants asked whether the underserved communities would be analyzed separately given the number of audits performed. The audit report will include simple comparisons and will address differences in patterns of discrimination and the existence of a racial dimension to those differences. Participants also inquired about the extent to which HUD is interested in alternative methodology that could make it possible to estimate discrimination in underserved communities and provide supplementary information for the HDS on the relationship between race and housing search patterns, as well as other housing market characteristics. In addition, participants discussed the importance of research studies addressing the identification of an unbiased point of entry into the market that would allow for comparisons, measurement, and analysis of issues related to the sampling design and model estimates and other aspects of the study design. Housing research studies focused on these issues could lead to improvements in the HDS audit design.