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Fair Housing Poetry Slam - April 14, 2014
 
April 8, 2014
Largest Mortgage Preservation Company in Nation Accused of Housing Discrimination

Safeguard Properties Accused of Racial Discrimination in Maintenance of Foreclosed Homes

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance and seven of its member organizations announced a federal housing discrimination complaint against Safeguard Properties, headquartered in Ohio. Safeguard is the nation’s largest privately-held mortgage field services property preservation company, also known as a field service vendor. The company is hired by Fannie Mae and major banks to maintain and market their bank-owned, foreclosed homes (a.k.a. REO properties).

This complaint, which has been filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is the result of an investigation into how Safeguard Properties is failing to maintain foreclosed homes in African-American and Latino neighborhoods in Dayton, Toledo, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Memphis.

Safeguard Properties was recently named in a report by the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) describing how the preservation companies that the OIG reviewed provided inaccurate information and manipulated photographs in their reports to Fannie Mae. The Illinois Attorney General also has a lawsuit pending against Safeguard.

To view the press release in its entirety, please click here.

To view the complaint please click here.

To view the PowerPoint presentation, please click here.
 
March 11, 2014
U.S. Bank Accused of Housing Discrimination

Civil Rights Organizations Add Dallas, Hampton Roads, Va., New Haven and New Orleans
and New Evidence in D.C. Area to Complaint against U.S. Bank

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance and four of its member organizations announced new evidence of housing discrimination by U.S. Bank, N.A. The civil rights groups allege that U.S. Bank continues to maintain and market foreclosed homes in white neighborhoods in a much better manner than in African-American and Latino neighborhoods. Failing to maintain and market homes because of the racial or ethnic composition of the neighborhood violates the federal Fair Housing Act.

To view the press release in its entirety, please click here

To view the complaint please click here

To view the powerpoint presentation, please click here

 
March 5, 2014
NFHA Is Hiring!

WASHINGTON, DC — The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) is hiring a Communications Associate.

The Communications Associate is responsible for assisting the Director of Public Policy and Communications with internal and external communications designed to promote NFHA through the development and updating of the website, and preparation of materials for the media, Capitol Hill, the Administration, NFHA members, the public and others.

To view the complete job description and to learn how to apply, please click here.
 
February 25, 2014
Civil Rights Organizations File Housing Discrimination Complaint against Deutsche Bank

Investigation by Fair Housing Organizations Reveals Evidence of Discriminatory Treatment
in Chicago, Memphis, and Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and three of its member organizations announced that they have filed a federal housing discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development against Deutsche Bank. The civil rights organizations allege that Deutsche Bank maintains and markets foreclosed homes in majority white neighborhoods in a strikingly better manner than it does in majority African-American and Latino neighborhoods. Failing to maintain and market homes based on the racial or ethnic composition of the neighborhood violates the federal Fair Housing Act.

To view the press release in its entirety, please click here

To view the complaint with exhibits, please click here

To view the powerpoint presentation, please click here

To view the settlement between the City of Los Angeles and Deutsche Bank, please click here
 
February 18, 2014
Investigation Reveals Discrimination against Latino Borrowers by Bank of America in Charleston

Complaint Alleges Latino Borrowers Quoted Higher Rates or Denied Access
Compared to Similar White Borrowers

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance announced a housing discrimination complaint against the Bank of America Corporation based on its treatment of prospective Latino borrowers seeking mortgage loans. NFHA’s investigations in Charleston, SC found that Bank of America denied prospective Latino borrowers’ requests to speak with a loan officer about obtaining a home loan or quoted prospective Latino borrowers a higher monthly payment and closing costs, compared to treatment of similarly situated but less qualified prospective white borrowers. The complaint has been filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) alleging a violation of the Fair Housing Act.

To view the press release in its entirety, please click here

To view the press release in Spanish, please click here

To view the complaint, please click here
 
February 6, 2014
NFHA Urges Utah Senate to Consider, Not Kill, LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill for a Fair Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With news of the Utah Senate planning to table SB 100, an anti-discrimination bill that would protect gays and lesbians under the state’s existing housing civil rights laws, Shanna L. Smith, President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance, issued the following statement calling for the state legislative body to keep the bill alive and hold a vote on it:

To view the statement in its entirety, please click here
NFHA Applauds Senate Judiciary Committee for Supporting Nomination of Debo Adegbile and Urges Swift Senate Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Shanna L. Smith, President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance, issued the following statement applauding the Senate Judiciary Committee for supporting the nomination of Debo Adegbile to the position of Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice:

To view the statement in its entirety, please click here
 
February 5, 2014
Denver Metro Fair Housing Center Uncovers High Rate of Housing Discrimination in the Greater Denver Metro Area

Denver, CO – Today, the Denver Metro Fair Housing Center (DMFHC) is announcing the findings of DMFHC’s rental housing investigation in a report entitled “Access Denied: A Report on Rental Housing Discrimination in the Denver Metro Area.”

To view the release in its entirety, please click here.

To view the report, please click here.
 
January 30, 2014
NFHA Testifies Before the Maryland Senate Regarding Legislation to Create REO Investigation Commission

Shanti Abedin


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Shanti Abedin, Senior Project Coordinator for Lending from the National Fair Housing Alliance, testified before the Judicial Proceedings Committee of the Maryland Senate Regarding Senate Bill 222. If the bill becomes law, the State of Maryland would create a commission to investigate the treatment of properties owned by lenders.

To view the bill, please click here.

To view the testimony of Shanti Abedin, please click here.

To view the photos used during Shanti Abedin's testimony, please click here.

To view the testimony of Robert Strupp, Executive Director of Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. please click here.
 
January 28, 2014
President Obama Should Use Momentum of State of the Union to Issue Key Equality Regulation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Shanna L. Smith, President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance, issued the following statement regarding President’s Obama’s fifth State of the Union Address:

Please click here to view the statement
 
January 16, 2014
NFHA Mentioned in Article as One of Key 101 Websites and Organizations
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance was highlighted in the article titled, "Social Justice in Action: 101 Key Websites & Organizations." The organizations that are listed work to lift up civil rights as a core value for humanity, and work to ensure that all groups and communities get the rights and respect they deserve.

To read the article in its entirety, please click here
 
January 9, 2014
Civil Rights Groups File Complaints against Apartment Complex Owners and Managers for Discrimination against the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

National Fair Housing Alliance, National Association of the Deaf, and Austin Tenants’ Council Allege Discrimination by Major Housing Providers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance announced that it filed nine housing discrimination complaints with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development against major apartment complex owners and management companies in Little Rock, Arkansas; Sacramento, California; Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; Long Beach, Mississippi; Charleston, North Charleston, and Lexington, South Carolina; and Austin, Texas. Between them, these companies manage more than 715 complexes with more than 174,000 units. The complaints allege a practice of discrimination against the deaf and hard of hearing across the United States. Joining NFHA in the filing of one of the complaints are the National Association of the Deaf and the Austin Tenants’ Council.

To view the release in its entirety, please click here

To view the report, please click here

To view the RCP Management (Little Rock, Ark.) complaint, please click here

To view the JCM Partners, LLC (Sacramento, Calif.) complaint, please click here

To view the Alliance Residential, LLC (Atlanta, Ga.) complaint, please click here

To view the Pinnacle Housing (Long Beach, Miss.) complaint, please click here

To view the Alliance Management, LLC (Charleston, S.C.) complaint, please click here

To view the Berkshire Property Advisors, LLC (Charleston, S.C. & Atlanta, Ga.) complaint, please click here

To view the VTT Management (North Charleston, S.C.) complaint, please click here

To view the Landmark Apartment Trust of America (Lexington, S.C.) complaint, please click here

To view the Bell Partners (Savannah, Georgia & Austin, Texas) complaint, please click here

To view the complaint filed by the Fair Housing Continuum, please click here

To view the complaints filed by the Austin Tenants Council, please click here

To view the complaint filed by the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, please click here

To view the complaint filed by the Denver Metro Fair Housing Center, please click here

 
January 8, 2014
NFHA Urges Senate Committee Support for Nomination of Debo Adegbile to United States Department of Justice

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Shanna L. Smith, President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance, issued the following statement in support of the nomination of Debo Adegbile to the position of Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice:

To view the statement in its entirety, please click here


 
December 12, 2013
NFHA Applauds Nina Pillard’s Confirmation as United States Circuit Judge for District of Columbia

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Shanna L. Smith, President and CEO of the National Fair Housing
Alliance, issued the following statement congratulating Nina Pillard on her confirmation as the United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia:

To view the statement in its entirety, please click here


 
December 11, 2013
NFHA Applauds Mel Watt’s Confirmation to Lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Shanna L. Smith, President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance, issued the following statement congratulating U.S. Representative Mel Watt, on his confirmation to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency:

To view the statement in its entirety, please click here


 
December 03, 2013
Fair Housing Justice Center in the News!

NPR's popular This American Life aired a show entitled "House Rules" which featured a story about fair housing, testing, and the work of the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC). Five FHJC testers were interviewed for the story, as well as FHJC Field Services Director, Fred Freiberg.


To view the episode, please click here


Additionally, FHJC's new film, A Matter of Place, a documentary film that shines a bright light on housing discrimination, one of the most shrouded and misunderstood civil rights issues in America, is now accessible from the FHJC website.


To view the film, please click here

 
November 14, 2013
Bank of America Charged with Creating Unhealthy Housing Through Widespread Practice of Housing Discrimination

Investigation by Fair Housing Organizations Reveals New Evidence in Baltimore, Chicago Area, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, and Toledo

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance and five of its member organizations announced that they have amended their federal housing discrimination complaint against Bank of America by adding new cities and new evidence to their complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The organizations allege that Bank of America continues to maintain and market foreclosed homes in majority white neighborhoods in a much better manner than it does in majority African-American and Latino neighborhoods. Failing to maintain and market homes based on the racial or ethnic composition of the neighborhood violates the federal Fair Housing Act.

To view the news release in its entirety, please click here

To view the complaint, please click here

To view Exhibit A of the complaint, please click here

To view Exhibit B of the complaint, please click here

To view a copy of the PowerPoint Presentation from the Press Conference, please click here

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky's (IL) Statement on the NFHA's REO Investigation

Washington, DC – Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement on the National Fair Housing Alliance investigation:

“Millions of American families have been forced from their homes since the foreclosure crisis began. Minority families have suffered a disproportionate number of foreclosures, in part due to pricing discrimination which offered worse lending terms to minority buyers than to their white counterparts. By allowing foreclosed properties in minority communities – including in my home town of Evanston – to fall into disrepair, entire neighborhoods are paying the price of bank discrimination. I applaud the National Fair Housing Alliance for documenting this abuse and pushing for change. I will work with the organization to hold Bank of America and other irresponsible lenders accountable and end housing discrimination.”

A link to the statement on the Congresswoman's webpage can be found here
 
November 12, 2013
Housing Finance Reform within Reach without Congressional Action

Executive and Administrative Actions to Restore Affordable, 
Sustainable Homeownership

WASHINGTON, D.C. – US housing policy is broken, denying millions of would‐be homeowners the credit and financing they need to achieve the American Dream. This broken system can be repaired with immediate Executive and Administrative action in DC, sidestepping a glacially slow and highly partisan Congress, according to a new report published by The Opportunity Agenda, National Fair Housing Alliance and the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB).

To read the release in its entirety, please click here


 
October 29, 2013
NFHA Urges Up or Down Vote on Mel Watt to Lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Shanna L. Smith, President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance, issued the following statement urging the Senate to hold an up or down vote for U.S. Representative Mel Watt to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency:

To view the statement, please click here


 
October 23, 2013
Fair Housing Groups Announce Discrimination Complaint against BBL Builders and Owners of Nine Texas Apartment Complexes

National Fair Housing Alliance and North Texas Fair Housing Center Allege
Housing Discrimination against People with Disabilities


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance and the North Texas Fair Housing Center filed a federal complaint against BBL Builders L.P. for discriminating against people with disabilities. The organizations filed the complaint with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for failure to design and/or construct nine Texas apartment complexes in accordance with the disability requirements under the Fair Housing Act. The fair housing organizations have also brought the complaint against the following owners of those properties: Chadwick Apartments Phase I LTD; Mid-America Apartments, LP; Mansions of Mansfield Apartments, LTD; Northside on Travis LTD; Post Eastside LTD; Red Oak Town Village LP; Sonoma Court LTD; and VR Villa Lago Holdings.

To view the news release in its entirety, please click here

To view the complaint, please click here

 
October 15, 2013
Civil Rights Organizations Add Cities and New Evidence to Housing Discrimination Complaint against U.S. Bank

New Cities: Baton Rouge, Indianapolis, Memphis, and Milwaukee

New Cities and New Evidence: Metropolitan Chicago

New Evidence: Baltimore

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance and six of its member organizations announced that they have amended their federal housing discrimination complaint against U.S. Bank National Association. The civil rights groups allege that U.S. Bank continues to maintain and market foreclosed homes in white neighborhoods in a much better manner than in African-American and Latino neighborhoods. Failing to maintain and market homes because of the racial or ethnic composition of the neighborhood violates the federal Fair Housing Act.

To view the news release in its entirety, please click here

To view the complaint, please click here

To view a copy of the PowerPoint Presentation from the Press Conference, please click here

 
October 9, 2013
Undercover Investigation Reveals Discrimination against Latinos by Large Apartment Owner in South Central U.S.

National Fair Housing Alliance Files Complaint against Bailey Properties and BSR Trust, LCC with Apartments in Little Rock, Arkansas

WASHINGTON, DC — The National Fair Housing Alliance filed a housing discrimination complaint with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission against Bailey Properties for refusing to rent to Latinos and discriminating in the conditions or terms of rental based on national origin and/or race.

To view the news release in its entirety, please click here

To view the complaint, please click here

 
September 25, 2013
Civil Rights Organizations Add Cities and New Evidence to Housing Discrimination Complaint against Bank of America

New Cities: Denver, Las Vegas, Memphis, Philadelphia, Tucson

New Evidence: Atlanta, Dayton, Miami, Washington, D.C. Area

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, on the one year anniversary of their initial complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the National Fair Housing Alliance and four of its member organizations, the Denver Metro Fair Housing Center, Metro Fair Housing Services Inc. (Atlanta), Miami Valley Fair Housing Center (Dayton), and Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc. (Miami), announced that they have amended their federal housing complaint, alleging that Bank of America continues to maintain and market foreclosed homes in White neighborhoods in a much better manner than in African-American and Latino neighborhoods. Failing to maintain and market homes because of the racial or ethnic composition of the neighborhood can violate the federal Fair Housing Act.

To view the news release in its entirety, please click here

To view the complaint, please click here

To view Exhibit A of the complaint, please click here

To view Exhibit B of the complaint, please click here

To view a copy of the PowerPoint Presentation from the Press Conference, please click here

NFHA Interviewed On Bank of America REO Complaint

 
September 4, 2013
“Building Community Resilience Post-Disaster” Book Features Chapter by NFHA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Fair Housing Alliance's Director of Enforcement, Morgan Williams, authored a chapter in a new book titled, "Building Community Resilience Post-Disaster." The book discusses the challenges and opportunities for the field of affordable housing and community economic development to enhance community resilience. The book is also a resource that provides the post-disaster legal and regulatory framework, important lessons learned from prior disasters, and tools to foster the recovery of affordable housing and community economic development.

Morgan Williams's chapter titled, "Disasters' Long-Term Impact on Fair Housing: Rebuilding as an Engine to Perpetuate or Challenge Entrenched Segregation," examines the effects of post-disaster federal housing programs on housing choice and patterns of segregation.

To learn more about the book and/or view the order form, please click here

“From Foreclosure to Fair Housing” Book Features Chapters by NFHA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Fair Housing Alliance's Shanti Abedin, Debby Goldberg, Lisa Rice, and Shanna Smith are contributing authors in a new book titled, "From Foreclosure to Fair Lending: Advocacy, Organizing, Occupy, and the Pursuit of Equitable Credit." The book discusses the implications of the new wave of fair housing activism generated by Occupy Wall Street protests and the many successes achieved in fair housing and fair lending over the years. The book also reveals the limitations of advocacy efforts and the challenges that remain.

NFHA's Debby Goldberg and Lisa Rice co-authored the chapter titled, "The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: Race, Risk, and Access to Credit in a Changing Market," which discusses the dual credit market that keeps many borrowers of color out of the mainstream, reinforcing wealth disparities and violating common notions of fairness.

NFHA's Shanti Abedin and Shanna L. Smith co-authored the chapter titled, "A Tale of Two Recoveries: Discrimination in the Maintenance and Marketing of REO Properties in African American and Latino Neighborhoods across America," which analyzes discrimination in the maintenance and marketing of real estate owned (REO) properties in African American and Latino neighborhoods.

To learn more about the book and/or view the order form, please click here

 
September 3, 2013
NFHA Policy Associate Interviewed by Al Jazeera America

Washington, D.C.- The National Fair Housing Alliance's Publicy Policy Associate, Jorge Andres Soto, was interviewed by Al Jazeera America to explain how he would help carry on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.

To read the article, please click here
 
August 26, 2013
NFHA President and CEO, Shanna Smith, on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry Show

 
August 19, 2013
NFHA Urges United States Department of the Treasury and New York Housing Finance Agencies to Expand Housing Opportunity Through the Low- Income Housing Tax Credit Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Fair Housing Alliance is urging the United States Department of the Treasury and New York housing finance agencies to administer the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit program in a way that ends segregation and promotes economic opportunity for all people. This statement is in response to a report released today by the Fair Housing Justice Center that convincingly argues the LIHTC program may perpetuate residential segregation, counteracting the Fair Housing Act.


To read the press release in its entirety, please click here
 
August 16, 2013
National and Pennsylvania Fair Housing Organizations Announce Discrimination Complaint against William Penn Realty Group

Complaint Alleges Housing Discrimination Based on Disability

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Fair Housing Alliance and the Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennsylvania filed a housing discrimination complaint with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development against William Penn Realty Group, Inc. for discriminating against people with disabilities by denying reasonable accommodation requests, steering based on discrimination, and making housing unavailable.


To read the press release in its entirety, please click here
 
August 12, 2013
NFHA President and CEO, Shanna Smith, on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry Show

 
August 08, 2013
NFHA Applauds Court of Appeals Reversal in Fair Housing Advertising Case

Unanimous Decision against Discriminatory Ad towards Families, Women, and Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Fair Housing Alliance has announced its support for the United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit unanimous decision to overturn a lower court’s decision in which the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center sued the Connor Group for posting advertisements on Craigslist that discriminated against families with children and women.


To read the press release in its entirety, please click here

To read the court's decision, please click here

To read a summary of NFHA's Amicus Brief, please click here
NFHA Recommended Book: Libby and the Cape of Visitability

Libby, Aria and Benjamin have been best friends since they were babies. But now Aria has moved to a new house and Libby, who uses a wheelchair, doesn’t get invited to Aria’s birthday party because the house has barriers.

Please click here to read the entire overview of the book and/or to purchase it


 
 
Fair Housing Videos for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Fair Housing Alliance, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is pleased to announce the creation of 12 videos in American Sign Language (ASL) with English captioning. These videos provide critical legal and practical information in a format accessible to persons who are Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing. The videos were produced by Disability independence Group, NFHA and Sweetwater Media. To view the videos please click here.
 
 

 
Tell the CFPB Your Story
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has created a new mortgage complaint system feature to assist distressed borrowers.  The Bureau is offering borrowers the chance to explain in detailed narrative their specific mortgage issues.

To file a complaint with CFPB, please click here
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