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September 30, 2014
 
Civil Rights Groups Expand Discrimination Complaint against Bank of America

Civil Rights Organizations Add Cleveland, Kansas City, New Orleans, and Vallejo to Federal Complaint over Neglected Foreclosures

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance and three of its member organizations announced new evidence of housing discrimination by Bank of America. The civil rights groups allege that Bank of America continues to maintain and market bank-owned foreclosures (also known as real estate owned or REO properties) in white neighborhoods better than in African-American and Latino neighborhoods, a practice that violates the federal Fair Housing Act.

This announcement marks the second anniversary of the initial filing of a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in September 2012. Evidence gathered from 2011 through September 29, 2014, documents an ongoing pattern and practice of discrimination. NFHA and its partners continue to amend the complaint as new evidence of discrimination comes to light. Currently, NFHA and its partners have investigated 868 REOs in 41 cities across the United States.

“It’s shocking to see Bank of America continue to engage in this type of illegal discrimination on such a large scale,” said Shanna L. Smith, President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance. “NFHA alerted Bank of America about these problems in June 2009. We met several times with bank representatives and shared information about these problems. Instead of implementing quality control measures to address these problems, Bank of America continues to neglect basic maintenance tasks in communities of color, such as mowing grass, securing doors and windows, cleaning gutters, and removing debris. Such neglect damages neighborhood property values, drains local tax revenues and creates health and safety risks for the community.”

This fifth amended complaint adds data from investigations in Cleveland, Ohio, Kansas City, Kan./Mo., New Orleans, La., and Vallejo, Calif. The overall complaint encompasses neighborhoods in 41 cities comprising 24 metro regions. The three member organizations joining NFHA in submitting new evidence of discrimination are Housing Resource and Advocacy Center (Cleveland), Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (New Orleans), and Fair Housing of Marin (Vallejo).

The following materials are available to view:
News release
PowerPoint
Amended complaint
Exhibit A
Exhibit B
September 3, 2014
Report: Banks and Fannie Mae Vendors Discriminate Against Communities
of Color by Failing to Maintain and Market Foreclosures

NFHA and 17 fair housing centers release report detailing racial disparities
in maintenance of bank-owned and Fannie Mae-owned foreclosures in 30 metro areas nationwide

Read the report

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and 17 of its local member organizations announced the results of a major undercover investigation into the failure of banks and property preservation companies to maintain and market foreclosed homes in African-American and Latino neighborhoods. The investigation of Real Estate Owned (REO) homes in 30 major metropolitan areas found disturbing incidents of discrimination in how these banks and Fannie Mae’s preservation management companies fail to secure the doors and windows, mow lawns, fix gutters and downspouts, remove trash and provide other maintenance for REOs in African American and Latino neighborhoods, while providing these services for their REOs located in White neighborhoods.

A report detailing the findings of the investigation, “Zip Code Inequality: Discrimination by Banks in the Maintenance of Foreclosed Homes in Neighborhoods of Color,” was released today. It details the results of the investigation of more than 2,400 REO properties located in and around 30 major U.S. cities. The report is the third released by NFHA (similar reports and results were published in 2011 and 2012) and provides information about the broadest investigation to date into REO discrimination. Both the White neighborhoods and neighborhoods of color investigated were middle and working class communities with high foreclosure rates and high owner-occupancy rates. The investigation avoided zip codes with high levels of renters or investor-ownership.

“This report documents the ongoing threat to communities of color across America: that zip code determines whether banks properly maintain and market the homes titled in their names,” said Shanna L. Smith, President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance. “The banks and property preservation companies are under contract to maintain these homes. They are supposed to get the best price when selling a foreclosed home. Banks and Fannie Mae are obligated to make sure lawns are mowed, shrubs are trimmed, mail is stopped and flyers are removed from the porch. They are also responsible for ensuring that the gutters are cleaned to stop water or ice damage, windows and doors are secured and repaired, trash and dead animals are removed, emergency numbers that actually work are posted and professional ‘For Sale’ signs are placed in the yard. Banks fulfill these obligations in predominantly White neighborhoods but overwhelmingly fail to perform these simple routine maintenance chores in middle and working class African American and Latino neighborhoods.”

NFHA and its member fair housing agencies have REO-related complaints pending with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development against Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, U.S. Bank, and Fannie Mae’s field service vendors in charge of maintaining REOs: Asset Management Specialists, Cyprexx, and Safeguard Properties. Many of the same neighborhoods investigated are at issue in several complaints, compounding the negative health, safety and economic effects of unmaintained foreclosures on current homeowners in the neighborhoods.

The failure to maintain homes based on the racial or ethnic composition of a neighborhood violates the federal Fair Housing Act and has a toxic effect on the health and livelihood of entire communities, according to Stephen M. Dane, a Washington, D.C., civil rights lawyer who has written on the subject and whose law firm represents NFHA and fair housing groups in several of the matters pending before HUD. The allegations outlined in the report illustrate continuing violations of fair housing law. The law is clear that banks, property preservation companies and trustees with properties titled in their names are covered by fair housing requirements.

The following materials are available to view:
News release
Report
Infographic
August 25, 2014
Arkansas Fair Housing Commission Confirms Discrimination
Against Prospective Latino Tenants

Commission determines reasonable cause to believe Little Rock apartment owners
Bailey Properties and BSR Trust, LLC violated Fair Housing Act,
citing evidence from NFHA investigation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Arkansas Fair Housing Commission (AFHC) has issued a determination that there is reasonable cause to believe that apartment owners in Little Rock subjected Latino applicants to discrimination in violation of the Fair Housing Act. The findings result from an in-dept investigation of a complaint filed by the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) in October 2013 with AFHC against Bailey Properties, et al., for refusing to rent to Latinos and for discriminating in the conditions or terms of rental based on national origin.

Bailey Properties operates as part of BSR Trust, LLC, which owns and operates close to 19,000 apartments throughout the southeastern United States.

“We were stunned by the consistent pattern of discrimination our investigation uncovered,” said Shanna L. Smith, President and CEO of NFHA. “People in Little Rock deserve fair treatment when looking for housing, regardless of their national origin. This determination by the AFHC confirms the need for justice, and we urge Bailey Properties to come forward and change their practices so this never happens again.”

An undercover investigation of Bailey Properties undertaken by NFHA in March of 2013 found that apartment managers failed to provide prospective Latino tenants with a rental application or did so only after a significant period of time following the request. By contrast, prospective white renters promptly received follow up emails from the apartment managers with a copy of the application and the other information that the complex needed to process their applications.

The following materials are available to view:
News release
Complaint
AFHC determination — NFHA v Bailey Properties
AFHC determination — NFHA v BSR Trust, LLC
August 18, 2014
D.C. Wins the National Poetry Slam for the First Time

We’re excited to hear that the District of Columbia team brought home the gold for the first time in the National Poetry Slam. G Yamazawa and Pages Matam
G. Yamazawa and
Pages Matam
This win is especially exciting for NFHA because two participants in the D.C. delegation, Pages Matam and G. Yamazawa, won in our 2014 Fair Housing Poetry Slam competition and also brought down the house at our recent National Conference. Congratulations!

Read more about the win in this Washington City Paper article.

August 13, 2014
National Fair Housing Alliance Report Links Residential Segregation
to Racial, Financial and Disability Discrimination

Fair Housing Trends 2014 — Expanding Opportunity: Systemic Approaches to Fair Housing

Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) released its 2014 Fair Housing Trends report, “Expanding Opportunity: Systemic Approaches to Fair Housing.” The report highlights how the federal government and nonprofit organizations have increased systemic fair housing enforcement through broad-based approaches and traditional case-by-case practices. The report also peers into housing discrimination on a regional level, drawing connections between the rate of segregation and the level of reported housing discrimination.

According to report results, fair housing complaints, amounting to 27,352 in 2013, have remained relatively steady compared to recent years. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that the number of reported complaints represents less than one percent of the four million instances of housing discrimination that occur each year.

Key findings in the report:

 
  • Complaints about discriminatory advertising—with language such as “no kids” or “no service animals,” for example—increased by 52%;
  • Homeowners insurance discrimination complaints increased by 59% from 2012 to 2013;
  • Real estate sales complaints increased by 19%;
  • 27,352 housing discrimination complaints were filed nationwide in 2013;
  • Private, nonprofit fair housing organizations investigated 69% of all complaints, more than twice as many as all governmental agencies combined;
  • The highest incidence of all types of housing discrimination occurred in regions with the most segregated metropolitan areas.

The following materials are available to view:
News release
2014 Fair Housing Trends report

August 7, 2014
Maintaining Homes — Maintains Neighborhoods:

REO Management, Fair Housing, and
Neighborhood Revitalization

The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) is hosting an important conference focusing on strategies to help stabilize and revitalize communities that were devastated by the foreclosure crisis. Unfortunately, the communities hit hardest by the foreclosure crisis have been communities of color as these areas were targeted by predatory and subprime lenders. While Congress moved swiftly to shore up and salvage Wall Street companies in the wake of the crisis, it has done little to re-build and stabilize America’s neighborhoods. As a result, we have seen over 5 million foreclosures and communities of color have lost trillions of dollars of wealth. Investigations conducted by NFHA and its members have revealed that not all communities are treated the same when it comes to how foreclosed homes are maintained and marketed and this has further exacerbated the issues plaguing these hardest hit areas.

The conference will be held on Monday, September 8, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. A welcome reception will be held the evening of Sunday, September 7th.

For more information about the conference including the agenda and registration materials, view the 2014 REO Conference page.

July 22, 2014
Fannie Mae Contractor Accused of Race Discrimination in Four U.S. Cities

Property Maintenance Company Cyprexx neglected foreclosures in African-American
and Latino neighborhoods in Baltimore, Kansas City, Orlando, and Richmond

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and two of its member organizations announced the filing of a federal housing discrimination complaint against Cyprexx, a Florida firm contracted by Fannie Mae to maintain its vacant foreclosures, also known as Real Estate Owned (REO) properties. The complaint, filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, alleges a clear pattern of neglect by Cyprexx of homes in African-American and Latino neighborhoods as compared to homes in White neighborhoods in Baltimore, Md., Kansas City, Kan./Mo., Orlando, Fla., and Richmond, Va.

The allegations of this complaint are the latest in an ongoing investigation into the failure of Fannie Mae’s field service vendors to properly maintain vacant foreclosures in neighborhoods of color nationwide. NFHA and its partner agencies filed a series of complaints beginning in March 2013 against two other Fannie Mae contractors, Safeguard Properties and Asset Management Specialists, Inc., alleging a similar pattern of discrimination based on the racial composition of the neighborhoods investigated.

The following materials are available to view:
News release
Complaint
Exhibits
PowerPoint
July 17, 2014
Public-Interest Groups Applaud CFPB Proposal to Make Complaints Public

This statement was issued on July 16, 2014 by Americans for Financial Reform, Consumer Action, Consumer Federation of America, Demos, National Association of Consumer Advocates, National Fair Housing Alliance, National People’s Action, and National Consumer Law Center (on behalf of its low income clients):

“The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has come out with a proposal to make its complaint system — which has already worked to the benefit of tens of thousands of consumers — even more valuable.

“Under a proposal put out for comment today, financial consumers would be able to go public with their complaints, and with the responses they get from the companies they are complaining against. This is a step that Americans for Financial Reform and its member organizations have long urged. It holds the potential to provide consumers with precious information about lenders and financial institutions – those they already do business with, and those they are evaluating for the first time.”

To view the statement in its entirety, please click here
July 10, 2014
Fannie Mae Contractor Accused of Race Discrimination in Three U.S. Cities

Property Maintenance Company AMS Inc. failed to maintain vacant homes in
African-American and Latino neighborhoods in Atlanta, Grand Rapids, and San Diego

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and two of its member organizations announced the filing of a federal housing discrimination complaint against Asset Management Specialists, Inc. (AMS), a Pennsylvania firm contracted by Fannie Mae to maintain its vacant foreclosures, also known as Real Estate Owned (REO) properties. This complaint, filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, alleges a clear pattern of neglect by AMS of homes in African-American and Latino neighborhoods as compared to homes in White neighborhoods.

This is the first complaint to be filed against AMS, one of Fannie Mae’s field service vendors. The findings announced today are the latest in an ongoing investigation into the failure of Fannie Mae’s field service vendors to properly maintain foreclosed homes in neighborhoods of color nationwide. NFHA and its partner agencies filed a series of complaints beginning in March 2013 against Safeguard Properties, another Fannie Mae contractor and the largest property preservation company in the U.S., alleging a similar pattern of discrimination based on the racial composition of the neighborhoods investigated.

The following materials are available to view:
Press release
Complaint
Exhibits
PowerPoint
July 1, 2014
NFHA Urges Ohio Senate to Reject Radical Anti-Civil Rights Bill

Senate Bill 349 Would Make It Easier to Discriminate in Housing


WASHINGTON, D.C. — A proposed bill in the Ohio Senate would make it easier for landlords and others to discriminate in housing and not to be held accountable for their actions. It would also cost the State at least $1 million in lost federal funding. Shanna L. Smith, President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance, issued the following statement calling for the Ohio Senate to reject this radical measure:

“All people should have equal access to housing they can afford. Senate Bill 349 would replace Ohio’s long standing strong law with only a slap on the wrist for banks, real estate companies, landlords, and apartment owners who discriminate. Senate Bill 349 would weaken the ability of Ohio’s civil rights organizations and neighborhood groups to hold accountable those who discriminate against neighborhoods, people with disabilities, families with children, women, people of color, and many others.”

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

To learn more about Senate Bill 349 and the problems it would cause in Ohio, visit fight349.org.
NFHA Applauds Confirmation of Gustavo Velasquez as
HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Shanna L. Smith, President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance, issued the following statement applauding the confirmation of Gustavo Velasquez Aguilar as the next Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):

“Mr. Velasquez has an impressive track record in civil rights and has worked to ensure that all families have the right to seek and obtain housing free from discrimination. We welcome his confirmation and are confident that he will successfully lead HUD’s work to ensure equality in the housing market.”

To view the statement in its entirety, please click here.
 
June 12, 2014
Ruby Dee, Actress and Civil Rights Activist, Dies Today at 91

Actress and civil rights pioneer Ruby Dee passed away today at the age of 91. Ms. Dee was a tireless supporter of civil rights and fair housing, and she will be missed dearly.

In 2001, Ruby lent her ample talents to NFHA by making this wonderful public service announcement.

“We are so saddened to hear the news of Ruby Dee’s passing and are forever grateful for the invaluable contributions she made to civil rights and fair housing in her lifetime. Her legacy will truly live on in all our hearts,” said Shanna Smith, NFHA’s President and CEO.

During her life, Ruby Dee worked with the NAACP, Congress for Racial Equality, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and others to courageously advance the cause of civil rights.
 
June 5, 2014
Civil Rights Groups Sue Developers of Affordable Senior Apartments
for Discrimination Against People with Disabilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), HOPE Fair Housing Center (HOPE) and Open Communities announced a lawsuit against Ryan Companies US, Inc, James N. Bergman, Thomas and Thomas Associates, and several of their affiliates, alleging discrimination against people with disabilities. Ryan Companies and its affiliates built affordable senior apartments using Low Income Housing Tax Credits awarded through the Illinois Housing Development Authority or the Iowa Finance Authority and other public funding sources.

NFHA, HOPE, and Open Communities investigated nine properties designed and/or built by the defendants in Illinois and Iowa. Every one of those nine properties failed to comply with the design and construction requirements under the federal Fair Housing Act. Three additional apartment complexes designed and/or built by the defendants have been identified in the lawsuit as likely to have accessibility violations.

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

To view the PowerPoint from the press conference, please click here.

To view the complaint, please click here.

To view the exhibits, please click here.
 
June 2, 2014
Civil Rights Groups Settle with Apartment Complex Owners
and Managers in Georgia and Texas over Deaf Complaint

Agreement includes anti-discrimination training and future oversight measures

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance, the Austin Tenants’ Council, and the National Association of the Deaf announced the settlement of complaints regarding three apartment complexes in Savannah, Ga. and Austin, Texas owned and operated by Bell Partners.

The agreement comes after a nationwide investigation resulting in the filing of nine complaints with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development against several apartment owners and managers, of which Bell Partners was one. In total, the investigation by NFHA and several of its member agencies involved more than 715 complexes with 174,000 units.

The following materials are available to view:
Press release
Conciliation agreement
Complaint
NFHA’s report on housing discrimination against the deaf and hard of hearing
www.fairhousingdeafvideos.com: Fair housing videos in ASL with captioning
 
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 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 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 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 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


 
 
2014 Conference Materials

Materials from our 2014 conference, Making Your ZIP Code = Opportunity, are available on our conference page.

The National Fair Housing Alliance would like to extend our warmest thanks to our 2014 National Conference sponsors for making this inspiring event a reality. Your generous contributions made this gathering of the fair housing community possible. Thank you!

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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