The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana publishes varying reports including Testing Reports, various investigative reports, and Annual Reports.

General Reports

January 7, 2020 – FHCCI Releases Report on Indiana Fair Housing Complaints: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) opened in January 2012. Since that time, we have not had concrete data regarding fair housing complaint filing in our state. In 2019, the FHCCI sought this data from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). We publish this, The State of Fair Housing in Indiana Report, to share the government data, key demographics, and our analysis with the general public. Read the press release or download the full report here.

Testing Reports

April 2, 2018 – FHCCI Releases Report Showing Significant Levels of Housing Discrimination in Marion County: A report released today by the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) reveals many Hoosiers continue to experience significant levels of housing discrimination 50 years after the landmark federal Fair Housing Act became law. The FHCCI conducted a total of 45 fair housing tests for the audit. In Marion County areas that are predominantly Caucasian, otherwise qualified African Americans encountered discrimination 76% of the time. For those with disabilities, the audit demonstrated barriers to enjoying their housing like those without disabilities. If a person needed an animal to help in coping or dealing with a disability, s/he encountered discrimination, such as additional verification or policy restrictions, in 15% of the tests conducted. Read the Press Release or download the Final Report here.

November 11, 2014 – FHCCI Releases Report Showing Significant Section 8 Refusal Rates: A report released today by the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) reveals high refusal rates for Hoosiers seeking housing with housing choice vouchers. The FHCCI conducted a total of 51 tests for the audit focusing on housing providers in Marion County, Indiana. The tests showed that those using vouchers faced denial rates of 82%. In areas that are predominantly Caucasian, home seekers with vouchers faced refusal rates of 90%. These are alarming rates of refusal and significantly impact the ability of those who are low-income to find affordable, safe, high-quality housing in the neighborhoods of their choice.  Press Release   Audit Report

April 10, 2013 – FHCCI Releases Report Showing Significant Levels of Housing Discrimination in Indianapolis Metro Area: A report released today by the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana reveals many Hoosiers continue to experience significant levels of housing discrimination 45 years after the landmark federal Fair Housing Act became law. The report summarized fair housing rental testing in the Indianapolis metro area as it related to race, national origin, disability and familial status discrimination. View the press release here or download the full report.

Investigative Reports

August 29, 2016 – Investing in Inconclusive Communities Report Released: Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) released a new report entitled “Investing in Inclusive Communities: How Fair Housing Organizations Foster Diverse and Stable Neighborhoods Using the Federal Fair Housing Act.” This report provides a detailed overview of how 14 fair housing centers, including the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, invested $27 million in predominantly African American and Latino communities following an agreement with Wells Fargo Bank in 2013. The publication contains information on the major strategies employed in the 19 cities where community support grants were invested. It includes stories of grantees and families in the community and provides best practices for future community investment endeavors. Read the report here.

September 3, 2014 – 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: The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and 17 of its local member organizations, including the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, 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. For more information, go to:  Press Release    REO Report

January 9, 2013 – Are You Listening Now? A National Investigation Uncovers Housing Discrimination against the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Deaf and hard of hearing individuals face a variety of obstacles when interacting with the hearing world. One of those impediments is discriminatory treatment by housing providers that precludes equal access to housing opportunities. The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), in cooperation with eleven of its member organizations (including the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana), conducted a national investigation of rental practices of rental firms to ascertain how deaf or hard of hearing persons were treated in comparison to hearing persons in the apartment housing search. We uncovered sustained patterns of housing discrimination against deaf and hard of hearing apartment seekers across the country. Read the report here.

Annual Reports

April 20, 2020 – FHCCI Releases 2019 Annual Report: As part of its Fair Housing Month activities, the FHCCI has released its 2019 Annual Report which summarizes the major accomplishments of the FHCCI in its 8th year of operations:

  • Served 865 clients recording 259 fair housing allegations.
  • Opened 70 new fair housing investigations.
  • Filed 4 enforcement actions to address housing discrimination.
  • Conducted 60 fair housing trainings for 2,002 persons.
  • Participated in 36 community exhibits directly reaching 2,391 persons.
  • Distributed over 27,000 fair housing publications.
  • Released 4 fair housing education videos.
  • Resolved 9 investigations/cases impacting over 12,828 housing units and opening up lending opportunities.

You can download the full report here.

March 25, 2019 – FHCCI Releases 2018 Annual Report: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) has released its 2018 Annual Report. This Report summarizes the previous year’s major accomplishments and activities. In 2018, the FHCCI completed its 7th year of operations, addressing its mission through its Advocacy, Education, Inclusive Communities, and Public Policy programs. Download the full report here.

April 3, 2018 – FHCCI Releases 2017 Annual Report: Today, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana announces the release of its 2017 Annual Report highlighting major accomplishments in its four main programs: Advocacy, Education, Inclusive Communities, and Public Policy.  Some highlights from the report:

  • Served 874 clients recording 182 fair housing allegations
  • Opened 84 new fair housing investigations
  • Conducted over 290 fair housing tests
  • Filed 5 enforcement actions to address housing discrimination
  • Conducted 60 fair housing trainings for 2,335 persons
  • Participated in 42 community exhibits directly reaching 3,296 persons
  • Distributed over 39,500 publications
  • Resolved 17 cases impacting over 10,750 housing units

You may download a copy here.

June 14, 2017 – FHCCI Releases 2016 Annual Report: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) has released its 2016 Annual Report. The report highlights the major work of the FHCCI during the 2016 calendar year through its four main programs: Advocacy, Education, Inclusive Communities, and Public Policy. The FHCCI recorded 901 housing intakes in 2016 which was a 24% increase over 2015. Of those intakes, 179 contained fair housing allegations. The FHCCI also conducted 35 trainings for 1,106 participants on fair housing, to name a few of its activities. The full report can be downloaded here.

April 5, 2016 – FHCCI Releases 2015 Annual Report: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) has released its 2015 Annual Report. The report highlights the major work of the FHCCI during the 2015 calendar year through its four main programs: Advocacy, Education, Inclusive Communities, and Public Policy. The full report can be downloaded here.

March 11, 2015 – FHCCI Releases 2014 Annual Report: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) released its 2014 Annual Report. In its third year of operations, the FHCCI served over 500 clients; trained over 1,500 housing professionals and community members; assisted 30 low-income families in securing no-cost modifications to their homes to ensure long-term aging in place; and distributed over $1 million in community reinvestment funds through a settlement with Wells Fargo. Read more hereView the report here.

February 20, 2014 – FHCCI Releases 2013 Annual Report: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) celebrates its second year of fighting housing discrimination in Central Indiana with the release of its 2013 Annual Report. Read the report here.