Chicago Area Fair Housing Organizations Accuse Deutsche Bank,
Ocwen Financial, and Altisource of Housing Discrimination

National Fair Housing Alliance and 19 Civil Rights Group Partners File New Race and National Origin Evidence of Housing Discrimination Against National Mortgage Lender and its Preservation Maintenance Companies.

CHICAGO — Today (7/26/2017), the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), South Suburban Housing Center (SSHC) of Homewood, HOPE Fair Housing Center of Wheaton, Open Communities of Winnetka, and sixteen other fair housing organizations across the country revealed new evidence of housing discrimination by Deutsche Bank, Ocwen Financial, and Altisource. The complaint alleges that this national mortgage lender and its servicers failed to provide routine mainten-ance on foreclosed homes in middle- and working-class African American and Latino communities and neighborhoods, while consistently providing better maintenance of similar foreclosed properties in white communities and neighborhoods.

Poorly maintained foreclosed properties create a harmful and dangerous environment for the local community. They also drive down the property values of homes owned by neighbors – causing the overall community to be economically depressed. The practice of neglecting foreclosed properties in African American and Latino communities increases the economic divide, perpetuates segregation, and denies people within these communities the right to fair and safe housing.

The full press releases and power point presentations can be found for both the Chicago & Gary Metropolitan areas below:

Gary, Indiana

Press Release

Power Point Presentation of the Evidence

Metro-Chicago

Press Release

Power Point Presentation of the Evidence

National

Press Release

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South Suburban Housing Center Contact: John Petruszak (708) 957-4674 ext. 22  southsuburban@prodigy.net

National Fair Housing Alliance Contact: Jessica Aiwuyor 202-898-1661 jaiwuyor@nationalfairhousing.org



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Mortgage Giant Fannie Mae Accused of Racial Discrimination in 38 U.S. Metro Areas Including Chicago

 National Fair Housing Alliance, South Suburban Housing Center and 20 Other Civil Rights Groups File Federal Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Over Neglected Foreclosures

 CHICAGO — Today [12/5/16], the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), Homewood, Illinois, based South Suburban Housing Center (SSHC), and twenty other fair housing organizations across the country, including HOPE Fair Housing Center in Wheaton, and OPEN Communities in Winnetka, filed a housing discrimination lawsuit against Fannie Mae in Federal District Court in San Francisco, California.  The lawsuit alleges that Fannie Mae purposely fails to maintain its foreclosures (also known as real estate owned or “REO” properties) in middle- and working-class African American and Latino neighborhoods to the same level of quality it does for foreclosures it owns in white middle- and working-class neighborhoods. The data supporting the federal lawsuit, which includes substantial photographic evidence, shows a stark pattern of discriminatory conduct by Fannie Mae in the maintenance of its foreclosures.

The lawsuit is the result of a multi-year investigation. During the past several years, NFHA notified Fannie Mae many times of its failure to maintain and market its foreclosed homes in communities of color to the same standard to which it was maintaining and marketing the foreclosed homes it owned in similar, predominantly white neighborhoods. In spite of numerous meetings between NFHA and Fannie Mae to address these disparities in maintenance and marketing, Fannie Mae persisted in its willful neglect of its properties in African American and Latino neighborhoods.

 

Gary, Indiana

Press Release

Power Point Presentation of the Evidence

Metro-Chicago

Press Release

Power Point Presentation of the Evidence

National

Press Release

Power Point Presentation of the Evidence

Other Cities Nationwide 

View The Power Point Presentation for Each of the 39 Metropolitan Areas 

Additional Resources

Read the Complaint

 

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South Suburban Housing Center Contact: John Petruszak (708) 957-4674 ext. 22  southsuburban@prodigy.net

National Fair Housing Alliance Contact: Pamela Bond (202) 898-1661  pbond@nationalfairhousing.org



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Bank of America Accused of Racial Discrimination in 30 Metropolitan Areas and 201 Cities

 Ten Civil Rights Groups Announce Filing of Discrimination Complaint

Over Neglected Foreclosures in African American and Latino Neighborhoods

On Wednesday, August 31, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), in conjunction with nine local fair housing organizations, will hold a webinar news conference in Washington, DC, to announce the filing of an amended discrimination complaint against Bank of America (BoA).  The complaint alleges illegal discrimination by BoA in African American and Latino neighborhoods in six additional cities.  This new evidence of discriminatory treatment by BoA will be added to the federal Fair Housing Act complaint on file with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Furthermore, NFHA and the nine fair housing organizations will add new evidence to their existing claims.

The civil rights groups allege that Bank of America continues to fail to perform basic maintenance and marketing tasks for its foreclosed properties in African American and Latino neighborhoods, while it consistently maintains its foreclosed properties in White neighborhoods, a practice that violates the federal Fair Housing Act.  The nationwide investigation examined BoA’s foreclosures in middle- and working-class neighborhoods.  BoA is paid to perform this routine maintenance for all of its foreclosures.  Nevertheless, evidence gathered between 2011 and 2016 in 201 cities located in 30 metropolitan regions documents an ongoing pattern and practice by BoA of different maintenance based on the racial or ethnic composition of a neighborhood.

 

See below for local, regional, and national presentations of the evidence or to view the press release.

 

Gary, Indiana

Press Release

Power Point Presentation of the Evidence

 

Metro-Chicago

Power Point Presentation of the Evidence

 

National

Press Release

Power Point Presentation of the Evidence (Coming soon)

 

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South Suburban Housing Center Contact: John Petruszak (708) 957-4674 ext. 22  southsuburban@prodigy.net

National Fair Housing Alliance Contact: Pamela Bond (202) 898-1661  pbond@nationalfairhousing.org