News and Updates

July 11, 2018 – Federal Judge Orders Marion County Landlord to Pay Over $200,000 in Fair Housing Lawsuit: Today, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) announces a ruling in a fair housing case addressing disability and familial status discrimination by an Indianapolis landlord. The FHCCI and Carolyn McGuffin, represented by attorneys from Indiana Disability Rights and Brancart & Brancart, previously filed a lawsuit against Carolyn Smitley and the Smitley Family Trust in April 2016 alleging that the Defendants discriminated against Ms. McGuffin in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act. Last week, on July 3, 2018, Judge William T. Lawrence in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana entered judgment requiring the Defendants to pay $219,747.75 as a result of the discrimination. To read more:    Press Release      Court Ruling       Previously Filed Complaint

June 27, 2018 – Lawsuit alleges housing discrimination by Bank of America in Indianapolis, other cities: Amy Nelson, executive director of the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, told IndyStar that the vacant homes affect the quality of life of neighbors and the surrounding community. Read more here.

June 26, 2018 – National Fair Housing Alliance, 19 Fair Housing Organizations, and Two Homeowners Charge Bank of America and Safeguard Properties Management with Violating the Federal Fair Housing Act: Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), 19 fair housing organizations including the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, and two homeowners in Maryland filed a federal Fair Housing Act lawsuit against Bank of America, N.A., Bank of America Corp., and Safeguard Properties Management, LLC (“Bank of America/Safeguard”). The lawsuit alleges Defendants intentionally failed to provide routine exterior maintenance and marketing at Bank of America-owned homes in working- and middle-class African American and Latino neighborhoods in 37 metropolitan areas, while they consistently maintained similar bank-owned homes in comparable white neighborhoods. Read more:    Press Release     Filed Complaint   Information on the previously filed HUD complaint, including Indianapolis based data, can be found on the FHCCI Advocacy Page.

June 25, 2018 – FHCCI Joins CFPB Sign On Letter: The FHCCI joined several other organizations to submit comments in response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Request for Information (RFI) concerning regulations and rulemaking authorities that it inherited. Our comments focus primarily on the importance of maintaining Regulation B (Reg B) and the use of the long-established disparate impact doctrine in enforcement actions, examinations, and complaint investigations that have Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) implications. Read more here.

June 5, 2018 – FHCCI Files Amended Complaint Against Casas Baratas Acqui: Today, the FHCCI announces an amendment to its filed complaint against Casas Baratas Acqui, et al to include allegations of violation of the Indiana Home Loan Practices Act, to add additional plaintiffs, and to add additional defendants. Download a copy of the amended complaint here

May 13, 2018 – National Sign On Letter Opposing Housing Benefit Cuts: A group of almost 1,250 organizations, including several Indiana organizations, distributed a sign on letter to strongly oppose the Trump administration’s harmful proposal to slash federal housing benefits by imposing work requirements and rent increases that would leave even more low income people without a stable home and make it harder for them to climb the economic ladder and live with dignity. President Trump’s proposal to impose work requirements and rent increases on housing benefits is at best counterproductive and at worst dangerous to the low income families who receive these benefits—the majority of whom have a disability or are seniors. See the full letter here.

May 8, 2018 – Civil Rights Groups Sue HUD over Suspended Implementation of Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule: The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), Texas Appleseed, and Texas Low Income Housing Information Service (Texas Housers) today asked a federal court in Washington, D.C., to order the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to reinstate a federal requirement that local and state governments address segregated housing patterns as a condition of receiving HUD funding.  The complaint alleges that HUD unlawfully suspended the requirement in January 2018, effectively removing civil rights oversight of as much as $5.5 billion per year until 2024 or later for almost 1,000 jurisdictions. In its place, HUD proposes that funding recipients revert to a fair housing planning process that HUD itself and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) have found is ineffective. Read the full press release and download a copy of the filed complaint here.

April 30, 2018 – New Report Analyzes 50 Years of the Fair Housing Act and Calls for Stronger Enforcement of Fair Housing Laws: Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) released its 2018 Fair Housing Trends Report: Making Every Neighborhood a Place of Opportunity. This year’s report comes at a historic juncture, as the Fair Housing Act marked its 50th anniversary on April 11. On this occasion, housing rights advocates, elected officials, grassroots leaders, lawyers, academics, and others are reflecting on our nation’s progress toward fair housing over the last 50 years, as well as assessing the obstacles that have prevented fair housing from being fully realized. The report provides insights into current fair housing needs that require more attention from housing advocates, housing providers, industry, and the federal government.  It also highlights recent obstacles to fair housing, such as Facebook’s enabling of discriminatory ads by housing providers and HUD’s suspension of implementation of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule, intended to address the ongoing historical and systemic segregation that exists in virtually all communities in the United States. The 2018 report provides an overview of the state of fair housing in the United States and what we must consider in order to advance fair housing rights over the next 50 years. Read more here.

April 27, 2018 – Freddie Mac Examines Loan to Possible Rent-to-Own Housing Provider: Freddie Mac, the huge government housing-finance company, is reviewing whether it inadvertently lent support to a company that specializes in a type of rent-to-own program that critics call predatory. Freddie Mac said it was examining a loan it effectively guaranteed under a pilot program meant to bolster the market for affordable single-family rental homes. The review began after a housing advocacy group filed a lawsuit on April 12 in federal court, contending that an Indianapolis investor group was selling rundown homes through a rent-to-own arrangement that’s prohibited by the program. Chris Spina, a spokesman for Freddie, said the company “is reviewing the transactions referenced in the complaint” by the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana against an investor group operating under the name Casas Baratas Aqui – or “Cheap Homes Here” in Spanish. Read more here

April 26, 2018 – Housing discrimination impacts quality of life: Housing discrimination and segregation are linked to every major issue affecting individuals and families nationwide, including access to quality housing, health care, education, healthy foods, a clean environment, mainstream credit and more. This month marks 50 years since the enactment of the federal Fair Housing Act, which passed one week after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. After the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Fair Housing Act was the last piece of the civil rights legislative package. Now, half a century later, it’s important to mark the advances that have been made in combating housing discrimination and segregation, while also acknowledging the real challenges that remain ahead. Read more here

April 12, 2018 – Fair Housing Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination Filed Against Indianapolis Rent-to-Own Companies: Today, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) and six Indianapolis residents announce the filing of a federal lawsuit against Marshall Welton, who operates and manages a collection of limited liability companies doing business as Casas Baratas Aqui (Casas). Casas is a trade name under which Welton advertises houses for rent-to-buy in Indianapolis. The complaint alleges that the Defendants violated civil rights and consumer protection laws, including the federal Fair Housing Act, the federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Truth in Lending Act, and several Indiana state laws. The complaint involves almost 1,000 houses in Marion County, Indiana. Welton is sued in his personal capacity and as the manager or president of the defendant LLCs. Other defendants are also named. Read the full press release or download a copy of the filed complaint.

April 5, 2018 – ‘Significant’ housing discrimination found in Marion County, study says: It’s been 50 years since passage of the landmark federal Fair Housing Act.  However, an audit of rental discrimination in Indianapolis uncovered “significant levels of discrimination” against African-Americans and Hoosiers with disabilities, a fair housing advocacy group said this week.  The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana said otherwise qualified African-American applicants saw discrimination 76 percent of the time in tests conducted in Marion County by the organization. It also found Hoosiers who needed an animal to help them live with a disability experienced discrimination 15 percent of the time. Read more here

April 3, 2018 – Fifty Years of Fair Housing to be Celebrated Through Annual Conference: Each year, April is celebrated around the country as Fair Housing Month. This year, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) celebrates the month with our annual conference. The FHCCI’s 6th Annual Fair Housing Conference, entitled Celebrating 50 Years of Fair Housing, will be held at the Marriott East in Indianapolis from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. This year’s conference will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act on April 11, 1968 as well as honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was killed 50 years ago on April 4, 1968. Read the press release 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 or choose the report from the “Reports” box to the right on this page.

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.

March 29, 2018 – Fair Housing Groups File Complaint Alleging Familial Status Discrimination: The Fair Housing Center of Southeast and Mid Michigan and the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana have filed a familial status complaint with HUD against Management Resources Development, Inc. (MRD). According to the complaint, MRD owns and/or manages apartment complexes in a number of states, including Michigan and Indiana. The complainants allege that MRD has violated the familial status provisions of the Fair Housing Act by enforcing a strict two-person-per-bedroom occupancy policy at a number of its properties, regardless of the size of a unit’s bedrooms or other living areas, the age of the children, or any other factor. The complainants state that MRD’s occupancy policy is more restrictive than occupancy limitations imposed by local law and that its policy discriminates against and has a discriminatory impact on families with children. Review the filed complaint here.

March 21, 2018 – Judge Advances Fair Housing Suit Against Fannie Mae: Fair housing advocates can move forward with claims that mortgage lender Fannie Mae systematically fails to maintain foreclosed properties in minority neighborhoods, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. The National Fair Housing Alliance and 20 other groups (including the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana) brought a federal complaint two years ago against the Federal National Mortgage Association, or Fannie Mae, after a four-year investigation concluded that the 68-year-old government-sponsored financier of mortgage loans violates the Fair Housing Act by neglecting foreclosed properties in communities of color. Read more here

March 1, 2018 – Fair Housing Groups File Complaint Alleging Familial Status Discrimination: HOPE Fair Housing Center, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, and a woman with three children have filed a HUD administrative complaint, alleging that Marquette Management Inc. discriminates on the basis of familial status in properties it manages in Illinois and Indiana by enforcing unduly restrictive occupancy policies. Review the filed complaint here.

February 1, 2018 – Deutsche Bank, Ocwen Financial, and Altisource Accused of Racial Discrimination in 30 U.S. Metro Areas – National Fair Housing Alliance and 19 Civil Rights Groups File Federal Lawsuit Over Neglected Foreclosures in Communities of Color: Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and 19 fair housing organizations from across the country, including the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, filed a housing discrimination lawsuit in federal district court in Chicago, IL against Deutsche Bank; Deutsche Bank National Trust; Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas; Ocwen Financial Corp.; and Altisource Portfolio Solutions, Inc. Ocwen and Altisource are the servicer and property management company responsible for maintaining and marketing a large number of Deutsche Bank’s properties. Read the full release here. Review the federal complaint here. Indianapolis Specific Data is here.

January 30, 2018 – Indiana Refuses to Pass Comprehensive and Inclusive Hate Crime Law: Today, with the lack of vote in the Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee, SB 418, a bill to pass a hate crime law in Indiana, died in Committee. Despite statewide polls prior to the session showing 65% of Hoosiers support the passage of hate crimes legislation, and calls from businesses and economic development leaders, and nearly a hundred community organizations, a majority of Indiana Senators listened to only those who oppose protections for LGBTQ+ Hoosiers. The Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate is profoundly disappointed that for another year, issues that largely centered around the inclusion of LGBTQ+ Hoosiers in a proposed list of identified characteristics, has prevented the Indiana Senate from passing an identical bias crimes bill to the one they passed in 2016. Read full release here.

January 29, 2018 – FHCCI Urges No Vote on SB 240: The FHCCI opposes passage of SB 240. The bill narrows the rights of persons with disabilities from federal guidance who have need of an animal to provide support, service, or assistance. Passage of this bill would only result in confusion given that federal guidance will still apply that differs from this pending bill. View the FHCCI Testimony here

January 29, 2018 – Alliance Urges Senate Committee to Pass Inclusive Hate Crime Law Without Bad Amendments: The Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate (Alliance) urges passage of a comprehensive and inclusive hate crime law by the Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law. On Tuesday, January 30th, the Committee will debate passage of two bad amendments to SB 418. The inclusion of either of these bad amendments would send a message of bigotry across our country that would negatively impact Indiana’s economic development. See full press release here

January 23, 2018 – HUD Awards $37 Million to Fight Housing Discrimination: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today it is awarding $37 million to fight housing discrimination under its Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP). These grants will support more than 150 national and local fair housing organizations working to confront violations of the Fair Housing Act (see grantee list below and read individual summaries of the work of these organizations). The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana was honored to receive two FHIP grants in this highly competitive process. 

January 23, 2018 – Alliance Urges Passage of Hate Crime Law: The Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate (Alliance) urges passage of a comprehensive hate crime law. Today, the Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law heard testimony from over a dozen Hoosiers in support of passage of SB 418 – a bill which would remove Indiana from one of the five states that does not have a bias crimes statute. The hearing today had supportive testimony, phone calls, and emails urging SB 418’s passage; however, the Committee has chosen to delay a vote to consider potentially harmful amendments. Read the full press release here.

January 23, 2018 – Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate Supports Passage of a Comprehensive and Inclusive SB 418: The FHCCI and the Alliance support passage of SB 418 as originally drafted. By passing a fully inclusive bill this session like SB 418, and removing Indiana from one of the five states that does not have a bias crimes statute, we can send a strong message to businesses that Indiana is where they should call home. Read the full testimony here

January 22, 2018 – Hate Crime Law/Bias Motivated Crimes (SB 418) Committee Hearing Alert: This Tuesday, January 23, 2018, SB 418 to pass a hate crime law/bias motivated crimes bill in Indiana will be heard before the Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law. By passing a fully inclusive bill this session like SB 418, and removing Indiana from one of the five states that does not have a bias crimes statute, we can send a strong message to businesses like Amazon that Indiana is where they should call home. The Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate (Alliance) supports passage of SB 418 as currently drafted. Read the full release here

January 16, 2018 – Statehouse Rally to Urge Passage of a Indiana Hate Crime Legislation: The Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate (CIAAH) joins with supporting organizations and fellow Hoosiers to host a Hate Crime Law Statehouse Rally Press Conference on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The rally will take place on the third floor of the Indiana Statehouse between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Read more here

November 22, 2017 – Hate Crime Press Conference Round Up: Below are a number of press stories regarding the November 21 Pass a Hate Crime Law Press Conference:

November 21, 2017 – Press Conference Promotes Passage of Indiana Hate Crime Legislation: The Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate (CIAAH) joins with supporting organizations and fellow Hoosiers to host a press conference during the General Assembly’s Organization Day on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. The press conference will take place in the South Atrium of the Indiana State Capitol/Statehouse building on the second floor between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Read more here.

November 13, 2017 – FHCCI Honored with Award: Today, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana was honored through the work of its project, the Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate, with the Honorable Judge David Shaheed Access to Justice Award. The Award was presented to the FHCCI by the Muslim Alliance of Indiana (MAI) at the MAI’s Annual Banquet.

October 16, 2017 – FHCCI and Jeffersonville Landlord Reach Fair Housing Settlement: Today, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) and a Jeffersonville resident announce a $62,500 settlement with Pinnacle Properties Development Group LLC of Jeffersonville, Indiana to resolve allegations the company discriminated against families with children in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act. The settlement also included a change in policies, fair housing training, and other forms of affirmative relief, along with payment of plaintiff attorney fees. Pinnacle Properties Development Group LLC made no admission of liability or wrongdoing in connection with the allegations and claims made by plaintiffs and expressly denied any liability or wrongdoing. Read the full press release here.

October 10, 2017 – Fair Housing Lawsuit Against Housing Authority Settles: Today, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) and two Anderson residents announce a $230,000 settlement with the Anderson Housing Authority of Anderson, Indiana to resolve allegations the Authority discriminated in its ownership and management of its multifamily public housing dwellings on the basis of race, gender, and disability in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act. The Anderson Housing Authority denied all material allegations in the filed complaint, except for subject matter jurisdiction. Read the press release here. A copy of the consent decree is here

September 22, 2017 – FHCCI Amends Complaint Against Rainbow Realty: Today, the FHCCI announces an amendment to its filed complaint against Rainbow Realty, et al to include allegations of violation of the Indiana Home Loan Practices Act. You may review the amended complaint here.

September 21, 2017 – Fair Housing Group Adds ‘Report Hate’ Button to Its Website: A woman and her daughter reported being harassed, stalked, and called the n-word by a neighbor last year in a Chicago area housing development. Investigated by a local housing center, it led to civil case, a settlement, and an in-court apology from the neighbor. That complaint was among the dozen received through the National Fair Housing Alliance’s website since June. Read more here.

September 14, 2017 – Anderson Housing Authority to pay $70,000 to settle discrimination, sexual harassment suit: On the same day a lawsuit alleging discrimination and sexual harassment by employees of the Anderson Housing Authority was filed, a settlement in the case was announced Thursday. According to a press release, the U.S. Attorney’s office and housing authority agreed that the Housing Authority would pay $70,000 to compensate the seven victims of the discrimination who had been identified by the U.S. Department of Justice. Read more here.

September 11, 2017 – Here’s what is a hate crime in Indiana, and what isn’t: What is a hate crime, and what isn’t a hate crime? As Indiana considers whether to add penalties in state law for hate crimes, this is one of the most robust debates. Experts say hate crimes must include two elements: an underlying crime, plus an added motivation or intent to harm a person because of certain characteristics that define who they are or what they believe. Read more here.

September 10, 2017 – From vandalism to murder: Hate crimes you didn’t know were happening in Indiana: The 2016 report has the highest number of reported incidents since 2010. It includes 35 reported crimes targeting black people and 13 targeting people for their sexual orientation. Two crimes were reported as anti-white. Read more here.

September 3, 2017 – Looking back at an old anti-bias law: 1947 legislation outlawed ‘racketeering in hatred.’ Under the law, Hoosiers couldn’t conspire, organize or “confederate” to disseminate malicious hatred by reason of race, color or religion. The law would be repealed in 1977’s criminal code revisions but it is being discussed in the Statehouse as legislators prepare bills for the 2018 session of the General Assembly. Read more here.

September 2, 2017 – Groups rally in opposition to ending DACA protections for young, undocumented immigrants: Advocates called on undocumented immigrant youth to remain strong Saturday and shared information on community resources available in the event President Trump follows through on a campaign promise to kill the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Note: One of the Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate signs is featured in this story. Read more here.

August 31, 2017 – FHCCI Executive Director Receives Award for Excellence: The Indiana Consortium of State and Local Human Rights Agencies held its annual training conference and awards dinner August 22-25, 2017 at the Indianapolis Marriott East. Amy Nelson, Executive Director, of the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana was awarded the President’s Award of Excellence by the Consortium with other award winners. Read more here.

August 29, 2017 – Settlement Reached in Fair Housing Lawsuit: Today, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) and the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services (IPAS) announce resolution of their federal lawsuit against the Grandville Cooperative, Inc. and Kirkpatrick Management Co. Inc. of Indianapolis, Indiana. Read more here.

August 28, 2017 – “Erasing the hate” event aims to turn Facebook activists into real-life ones: The Fair Housing Center is in need of testers to help uncover potential housing discrimination. “They kind of secret shop, go into places that we need to see if there’s any differential treatment based on a protected class,” said Brady Ripperger, who works for the Fair Housing Center and manned their booth Sunday night. Read more here.

August 21, 2017 – Settlement Reached in Indianapolis Fair Housing Lawsuit: Today, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) and an Indianapolis family announce resolution of their federal lawsuit against Shiloh Estates. The complaint alleged that the defendants engaged in unlawful discrimination against tenants on the basis of race, color, national origin, familial status, and disability. Read more here.

August 20, 2017 – Indy Star Publishes Series on Combating Hate: The Indianapolis Star published an editorial and series of stories in its Sunday edition about combating and addressing hate:

August 18, 2017 – Participants in first Response to Hate Conference hope for change: Hundreds of people met in Indianapolis to learn more about an increasing number of hate crimes and groups like those who protested in Virginia. People there were concerned, some even worried and scared about what they are seeing in Indiana and other states. Months before the violent and deadly confrontations in Virginia, organizers were planning Indiana’s first Response to Hate Conference. Read more here.

August 17, 2017 – CIAAH Launches Tracking Hate Database at Inaugural Conference: The Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate (CIAAH) today announced the launch of a new tool that will help reporting of hate-based crimes and incidents in Indiana. The Tracking Hate Database will become a resource where victims and witnesses of hate-based crimes and incidents involving violence, threats, and bullying can share their experience. The goal is to educate the public, empower others, and show service providers where help is needed, and strengthen advocacy efforts. The announcement was made at the inaugural Indiana Response to Hate Conference, the first of its kind event featuring national and local anti-hate crimes speakers and authorities, which brought together people committed to combating and addressing hate-based crimes and incidents as well as provided hate crime prevention training. Read more here.

  • New database to track hate based-incidents and crimes: A project has been launched to create a database to track hate crimes and hate-based incidents across Indiana. The Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate announced the new Tracking Hate Database on Thursday morning at the inaugural Indiana Response to Hate Conference. Read more here.

  • Anti-Discrimination Groups Launch Hate Crimes Database: Anti-hate groups from across central Indiana want to better track hate crimes in the state. The groups met at a conference Thursday to launch a hate crimes database. Read more here.
  • Indiana hate crimes gain reporting database: Hoosiers now have a place to turn to report hate crimes anonymously. On Thursday, the Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate announced it created a database, called the tracking hate database. Local activists said this will be a way to better track the number of hate crimes in the Hoosier state. Read more here.
  • ‘Tracking Hate’ database launches at new conference: A new website is out for Hoosiers to report hate crimes. The Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate (CIAAH) announced the launch of the new tool at Thursday’s inaugural Indiana Response to Hate Conference. Read more here.

  • Hate crime database launches at ‘Indiana Response to Hate’ conference: A new website is out for Hoosiers to report hate crimes. The Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate (CIAAH) announced the launch of the new tool at Thursday’s inaugural Indiana Response to Hate Conference. Read more here.

  • Central Indiana organization launches hate crime database: As community leaders continue to push for a hate crime law in Indiana, a new tool will help people share their experiences. Hoosiers will be able to report hate crimes on the Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate website. Read more here.

  • Lawmakers talk hate crime bill, while new tool available for Hoosiers to anonymously report hate crime: Hoosiers now have a place to turn to report hate crimes anonymously. On Thursday, the Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate announced it created a database, called tracking hate database. Read more here.

  • Law Prof. at Conference: Anyone Can Be a Victim of a Hate Crime; Conference aims to encourage a state hate crimes law: There will be another push for a hate crimes law in Indiana. The Hoosier State is one of five without a state hate crimes law. It was addressed in the legislature last year, but did not pass. Thursday the Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate held the Indiana Response to Hate Conference, where Matthew Shepard’s mother spoke, encouraging the passage of a hate crimes bill. Her gay son was beaten and set on fire, then left to die in 1998, while he was a student at the Univ. of Wyoming. Read more here.

August 15, 2017 – The State Of Hate: Racism In America: On this special Noon Edition of Indiana Public Media, panelists discussed the state of hatred and racism in America. Amy Nelson is the Executive Director for the Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate. Nelson says the incident that took place is nothing new. Listen to the podcast here.

August 14, 2017 – Indiana lawmakers react to Charlottesville attack, push for state hate crime law renewed: The attack is raising concerns about state laws here in Indiana. Officials with the Fair Housing Center say Indiana needs stronger protections against hate crimes. Read more here.

August 14, 2017 – These are the hate groups operating in Indiana: Updated story with new video

August 14, 2017 – Charlottesville reignites race relations conversation in Indy: “We’re in Indiana. There’s no hate crime law here. What’s to stop a Charlottesville from happening here,” Dorsey said. Read more here.

August 13, 2017 – Local advocacy group fighting for hate crime law: In an interview recorded Friday before the tragic events in Charlottesville, we sit down with State Sen. Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) and two local advocates to discuss the push for a hate crime law in Indiana, an effort that has ended in failure in recent years at the Statehouse. In the video above, the group’s organizer Amy Nelson joins Sen. Taylor and David Sklar from the Indiana Jewish Community Relations Council to discuss next week’s event. Read more here.

August 12, 2017 – Anti-Hate Work Highlighted During WTLC’s AM 1310 The Light’s Unity in the Community Radio Show: Did you miss today’s broadcast of Unity in the Community at AM 1310 The Light? You can watch/listen to the video below. The discussion of the Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate begins around the 15 minute mark. Thanks to Pastor Jackson for inviting us and the Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council – INSILC in for this discussion. We were discussing the horrible events in Charlottesville as they were happening. Watch the video here.

August 9, 2017 – New alliance hosts conference to broaden awareness and action against hate crimes: The Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate (CIAAH) is a project initiated by the Fair Housing Center for Central Indiana (FHCCI). As an organization, FHCCI is dedicated to fair housing practices and eliminating housing discrimination in Indiana. But Executive Director Amy Nelson says hate-based crimes and incidents that extend beyond fair housing laws are still neglected in Indiana. Read the full story here.

August 8, 2017 – No Limits Radio Show Discusses Increase in Hate: Indiana is one of only five states that does not have hate crime laws in effect, but August will mark the first-ever Indiana Response to Hate Conference. The Bureau of Justice estimates two-thirds of hate crimes go unreported, encompassing incidents from racism to denying the rights of those with disabilities. Our guests to discuss the upcoming conference are Amy Nelson, Executive Director of Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana; Rima Khan Shahid of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana; and Amber O’Haver, with the Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council. Listen to the podcast here.

August 7, 2017 – Inaugural Indiana Response to Hate Conference to raise awareness of hate-based crimes in Indiana: The Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate (CIAAH) will host the inaugural Indiana Response to Hate Conference on Thursday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at the Indianapolis Marriott East Hotel, located at 7202 E. 21st St. The first-of-its-kind event will bring together people committed to combating and addressing hate-based crimes and incidents, as well as provide hate crime prevention training. Read the full story here.

July 27, 2017 – Controversial home ‘flipper’ late on payments, faces investigation and judgment in lawsuit: An Indianapolis company that enters into contracts to buy homes and then resells them to people who can’t get traditional financing was late this month in making payments to sellers and now faces a potential six-figure payoff in a Hancock County lawsuit. Read the full story here

July 27, 2017 – Fair Housing Orgs. Expand Foreclosure Complaint In Indy, Gary: A national fair housing group says Deutsche Bank and two other businesses are less likely to maintain foreclosed, bank-owned homes in majority-black areas of 30 cities, including Indianapolis and Gary. The complaint includes analysis of 22 properties in Gary, and 18 in Indianapolis, where Amy Nelson is executive director of the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana. Read the full story here

July 27, 2017 – Inaugural Indiana Response to Hate Conference to Raise Awareness of Hate-Based Crimes in Indiana: The Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate (CIAAH) today announced it will host the inaugural Indiana Response to Hate Conference on Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Indianapolis Marriott East Hotel, located at 7202 E. 21st St., Indianapolis, Ind. The first of its kind event will bring together people committed to combating and addressing hate-based crimes and incidents as well as provide hate crime prevention training. The CIAAH is a project of the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana and was created to reduce the occurrence and combat the consequences of hate crimes and hate-based incidents occurring in Central Indiana. Read the press release to learn more, or visit the conference event page.

July 26, 2017 – National Fair Housing Alliance and 19 Fair Housing Organizations Charge Deutsche Bank and its Preservation Maintenance Companies with Housing Discrimination based on Race and National Origin: Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) (with the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana) announced that it has found substantial new evidence in support of allegations that Deutsche Bank, Ocwen Financial, and Altisource continue to discriminate against communities of color in 30 metropolitan areas throughout the United States, including Indianapolis. NFHA has filed an amended administrative complaint with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). NFHA alleges that Deutsche Bank AG, Deutsche Bank National Trust, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Ocwen Financial Corporation, and Altisource Portfolio Solutions, Inc. fail to provide required routine maintenance on bank-owned homes in middle- and working-class African American and Latino neighborhoods, while Deustche/Ocwen/Altisource consistently provide routine maintenance on similar bank-owned homes in white neighborhoods. Read more:

July 7, 2017 – Federal authorities investigate fair housing complaints against Noblesville, Hamilton County: Federal authorities are investigating housing discrimination complaints against the city of Noblesville and Hamilton County over the lack of low-income housing in the wealthy suburb. Read the Indianapolis Star story here

July 6, 2017 – Fair Housing Center Files Discrimination Complaints Against Hamilton County and City of Noblesville: Today, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) announces the filing of fair housing complaints with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) alleging that Hamilton County and the City of Noblesville violated the Fair Housing Act and/or Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. More info at:

June 25, 2017 – Indianapolis Star Highlights Dangers of Rent-to-Own Transactions: The Indianapolis Star has published a series of articles highlighting the dangers of rent-to-own housing transactions:

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 from the “Reports” column/box to the right or click here.

May 30, 2017 – Fair Housing Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination Against Persons of Color Filed Against Indianapolis Rent-To-Own Companies: Today, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) and four Indianapolis residents announce the filing of a federal class action lawsuit against Rainbow Realty Group, Empire Holding Corp., and James R. Hotka of Indianapolis, Indiana. The complaint alleges that the Defendants violated civil rights and consumer protection laws, including the federal Fair Housing Act, the federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Truth in Lending Act, and Indiana landlord-tenant laws. The Defendants’ scheme involves almost 1,000 houses in Marion County, Indiana. More info below.

April 15, 2017 – Bill pits affordable housing against property rights: Amy Nelson, executive director of the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, said the bill could lead to discrimination and hardship for families with multiple children—or family members with physical restrictions who sleep in living or dining rooms. Read the full IBJ story here.

April 5, 2017 – Mayor Hogsett Issues Fair Housing Proclamation: In honor of Fair Housing Month and the upcoming fair housing conference sponsored by the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, Mayor Hogsett has issued a proclamation which can be viewed here.

March 15, 2017 – Coalition of Concerned Hoosiers Urges Lawmakers to Approve Hate Crimes Law This Year: A diverse, statewide coalition representing Hoosier communities and concerned residents are urging lawmakers to continue to work on hate crimes legislation this year. The comments came at a press conference held at the Indiana Statehouse this afternoon. Present at the event were representatives from many supporting organizations and their message was clear: The time is now, and the need is obvious. Read more here.

March 9, 2017 – FHCCI selected for anti-hate grant: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) has been awarded a $125,000 “Communities Against Hate” grant by the Open Society Foundations, which “works to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people,” according to an FHCCI statement. Read the full story here.

March 9, 2017 – Efforts underway to boost Black homeownership: Homeownership is considered by many to be a rite of passage and a crucial component of the American Dream, but for many in the Black community, that dream is being deferred. FHCCI Executive Director Amy Nelson is quoted. Read the full story here.

March 1, 2017 – FHCCI Receives Communities Against Hate Grant: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $125,000 “Communities Against Hate” rapid-response grant by the Open Society Foundations. This funding initiative was a national competition awarding a total of $3 million in funds nationwide. Read more here (English). Spanish language here.

February 20, 2017 – FHCCI Releases New Fact Sheets: Today, the FHCCI has released two new fact sheets (1) Fair Lending Frequently Asked Questions and (2) Immigrants, Refugees, and People of All Religious Faiths Fair Housing Rights. You can review and download the entire FHCCI Fact Sheet Series on the FHCCI Education Page

February 6, 2017 – FHCCI Supports SB 439: The FHCCI supports passage of SB 439 which would establish a hate crime law in Indiana. Indiana is one of only five states which does not have a bias motivated crime law (hate crime law). Read more here

January 28, 2017 – FHCCI Opposes SB 558 – Bill Denies Housing to Qualified Families with Children: On Monday, January 30, 2017, the Senate Civil Law Committee will hear SB 558. The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) urges a “Do Not Pass” on SB 558 due to its language which would allow housing landlords in Indiana to limit occupancy to two persons per bedroom regardless of the size of the rental unit, size of the bedrooms, presence of any office or den, age of the children, or any local safety code allowing additional occupants. This language is in direct conflict with guidance from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and court rulings. The passage of SB 558 would increase discrimination against families with children and decrease their housing opportunities. Read more here.

January 27, 2017 – National Property Management Company Settles Housing Discrimination Complaint: Today, the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan (FHCWM), the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI), the Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan (FHCSMM), the Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan (FHCSWM) and the Central Ohio Fair Housing Association (COFHA) announce that they have settled a fair housing complaint against AMP Residential, an Indianapolis-based property management company that owns and operates apartment complexes throughout the United States. Read more here

December 8, 2016 – Fannie Mae accused of discrimination in Indy, 37 other metros: Indianapolis is among 38 metropolitan areas included in a discrimination lawsuit filed Monday against the Federal National Mortgage Association, commonly known as Fannie Mae. Read the Indianapolis Recorder story here

December 5, 2016 – Mortgage Giant Fannie Mae Accused of Racial Discrimination in 38 U.S. Metro Areas – National Fair Housing Alliance and 20 Civil Rights Groups File Federal Lawsuit Over Neglected Foreclosures: Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and 20 local fair housing organizations from across the United States, including the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI), 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. Read more below:

December 2, 2016 – Judge Rules Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Involving Persons with Disabilities May Continue: An Indianapolis subsidized senior-citizens housing facility must face a lawsuit from tenants with disabilities who claim the three-story apartment building failed to repair its only elevator for weeks, leaving them unable to get to apartments on the top two stories and leaving some disabled tenants stranded upstairs. Read more here.

November 3, 2016 – Fair Housing Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination Against Families with Children Filed Against Jeffersonville Landlord: Today, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) and a Jeffersonville resident announce the filing of a federal lawsuit against the Pinnacle Properties Development Group, LLC of Jeffersonville, Indiana. The complaint alleges that the defendants refused to rent a two bedroom apartment to a mother with three young children due to the presence of her children. Pinnacle Properties Development Group, LLC owns and operates more than 400 rental dwellings in Clark County, Indiana. For more information: 

September 30, 2016 – Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana Receives Two HUD Fair Housing Grants: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it is awarding $38 million under its Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) to confront discriminatory housing practices. HUD’s grants will support some 155 national and local fair housing organizations working to confront violations of the nation’s landmark Fair Housing Act. The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana was notified of receipt of two twelve month grants: A $300,000 Private Enforcement Initiative Grant and a $87,513 Education & Outreach Initiative Grant. Read more here

September 8, 2016 – Discrimination complaint against Bank of America expanded: Four years after Bank of America was formally accused of discriminatory practices in minority-majority neighborhoods in Indianapolis and several other cities, the issue remains unresolved, and the alleged discrimination continues to be found in more cities across the country. Read the Indianapolis Recorder story here.

August 31, 2016 – Bank of America Accused of Racial Discrimination in 30 U.S. Metropolitan Areas and 201 Cities: Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and nine local fair housing organizations filed 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 added new evidence to their existing claims.  The six additional cities are:  Columbus, OH; Gary, IN; Minneapolis, MN; Newark, NJ; Tampa, FL; and neighborhoods in suburban Detroit. Note: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) is part of the original filed complaint. For more information:

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.

July 13, 2016 – Large Regional Property Management Company Accused of Housing Discrimination: Today, the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan (FHCWM), the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI), the Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan (FHCSEM), the Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan (FHCSWM) and the Central Ohio Fair Housing Association (COFHA) announce that they have filed a fair housing complaint against AMP Residential, an Indianapolis-based property management company that owns and operates over 8,000 rental housing units in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Alabama. The groups allege that AMP has engaged in systemic discrimination against families with children across 20 properties evaluated in three states. Read more below:

June 14, 2016 – Fair Housing Groups Around the Country Demand Westchester Enforcement: In papers filed in Federal District Court today, 10 civil rights groups from across the country are seeking to file a brief in support of the Court’s full consideration of the facts and perspective brought to the Court’s attention by ADC in a May 11th letter. The groups, pointing out that the failure to enforce the decree fully will embolden others across the country to continue to perpetuate segregation, asked the Court to order the robust remedies sought by ADC. The 10 groups filing today are: Central Ohio Fair Housing Association, Disability Law Center, Enhanced Section 8 Outreach Program, ERASE Racism, Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches, Fair Housing Council of Orange County, Inclusive Communities Project, Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, and National Fair Housing Alliance. Read more here.

June 8, 2016 – CIRA Announces Annual Awards: On Thursday, June 9, 2016, the Central Indiana Realtist Association (CIRA) will honor its 2016 Trailblazers and “Best of the Best” Award Winners at its Annual Trailblazers Luncheon. The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana is a proud sponsor of this event. Read more here.

May 4, 2016 – Indiana Sign Shows Bias: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana has been alerted (and has verified) that a sign stating “No More Chin” was posted in a Southport, Indiana neighborhood this week. Fortunately, neighbors which were appalled that this was occurring, alerted us, and took action. Read more here.

April 11, 2016 – Fair Housing Lawsuit Filed Against Anderson Housing Authority: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) and two Anderson residents announce the filing of a federal lawsuit against the Anderson Housing Authority of Anderson, Indiana. The complaint alleges that the defendant discriminated in its ownership and management of its multifamily public housing dwellings on the basis of race, gender, and disability in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act and for its failure to maintain its dwellings in a decent, safe, and sanitary condition in violation of state housing laws. “Today, we celebrate the 48th anniversary of the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act,” stated Amy Nelson, Executive Director of the FHCCI. “Yet, female tenants at Westvale Manor have had to put up with leering and degrading comments by the maintenance staff for years while persons with disabilities had needed accommodations ignored greatly impacting their health and well being.” Read more below:

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 from the “Reports” column/box to the right or click here.

April 4, 2016 – FHCCI Celebrates Fair Housing Month with Annual Conference: Each year, April is celebrated around the country as Fair Housing Month. This year, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) celebrates the month with our annual conference. The FHCCI’s 4th Annual Fair Housing Conference, entitled Fair Housing: Putting the Pieces Together, will be held at the Wyndham West Hotel in Indianapolis from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM on Thursday, April 14, 2016. The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Gustavo F. Velasquez, will open and keynote the FHCCI’s conference this year. Read the entire release here.

April 1, 2016 – FHCCI Chosen for IHCDA-The Magazine Cover: Amy Nelson of the FHCCI was chosen for the IHCDA-The Magazine Spring 2016 cover. Hear how she become a fair housing advocate and learn more about the work of the FHCCI. Download the full magazine here.

February 11, 2016 – Fair Housing Lawsuit Alleging Disability Discrimination Filed Against Senior Living Community in Indianapolis: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI), Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services (IPAS), and four people with disabilities announce the filing of a federal lawsuit against United Church Residences of Indianapolis, Indiana, Inc., and United Church Homes, Inc., owners of Capitol Station apartments in Indianapolis, Indiana. The complaint alleges that the defendants did not take timely action to repair the only elevator in an apartment building which housed residents age 62 years or older. Many residents of Capitol Station had mobility issues which were readily apparent, for whom taking the stairs was dangerous or impossible. This suit alleges that Capitol Station was without a working elevator for five and a half weeks in August and September 2015 resulting in harm to residents with disabilities. Read more below:

February 8, 2016 – Fair Housing Lawsuit Alleging Disability Discrimination Filed Against Indianapolis Property: Today, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI), the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services (IPAS), and an Indianapolis family announce the filing of a federal lawsuit against the Grandville Cooperative, Inc. and Kirkpatrick Management Co. Inc. of Indianapolis, Indiana. The complaint alleges that the defendants refused to rent to a family that included a person with disabilities stating that “…it will be a liability to offer [the person with a disability] a unit that is not accommodating to everyone in the household.” Read more below:

January 27, 2016 – FHCCI Releases Testimony Against SB 100 and SB 344: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) has released its written testimony noting its opposition to SB 100 and SB 344. To review the testimony: SB 100, SB 100 Attachment, SB 344

October 6, 2015 – IndyEast Promise Zone Announces Five Grants for $3.5 million: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development awarded $3.5 million through federal grants to city-wide nonprofits, including the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana. Read more here.

September 30, 2015 – FHCCI Awarded HUD Fair Housing Grants: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) has been awarded two grants under the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP). The grants provided are a $325,000 12-month Private Enforcement Initiative grant and a $174,005 18-month Fair Housing Organizations Initiative grant. The grants will provide funding for the FHCCI services in Central Indiana to address acts of unlawful housing discrimination. The FHCCI was the only recipient of FHIP funds in the State of Indiana. Read more here.

September 14, 2015 – 207 groups call on House and Senate leaders to reject
anti-fair housing riders in FY2016 funding bill: Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance delivered a letter signed by over 200 local, state, and national organizations, public officials, and businesses addressed to House and Senate leaders urging them to reject any policy riders that strip local fair housing organizations and the federal government of the resources and tools they need to protect Americans from housing discrimination. Read more here.

September 8, 2015 – Fair Housing Groups Reach Settlement: Today, the Connecticut Fair Housing Center (CFHC), the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI), and the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center (MVFHC) announce that they have settled a fair housing complaint against TGM Associates, a New York-based property management company that owns and operates apartment complexes throughout the United States. Read more here.

August 30, 2015 – Lawsuit Claims Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities by Indiana HOA: Recent press story by the Lafayette Journal & Courier on a case filing by the FHCCI and Lafayette residents. At issue is whether Brookfield Farms Homeowners Association discriminated against persons with disabilities when it discouraged sale of a single family home to a local disability organization intending to use the home for persons with disabilities.  

July 7, 2015 – FHCCI Celebrates ADA Anniversary: In 1990, the nation celebrated the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Signed into law by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990, this groundbreaking civil rights law built upon the protections for those with disabilities provided by the federal Fair Housing Act two years prior. This month, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) celebrates the 25th anniversary of the ADA and the significant advances that have resulted in the rights of persons with disabilities. Read more here.

June 12, 2015 – Fair Housing Center Honored with Real Estate Award: On June 18th, Amy Nelson, Executive Director of the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) will be honored with a “Best of the Best” award at the Central Indiana Realtist Association’s Annual Trailblazer’s Luncheon. It is the mission of the Central Indiana Realtist Association (CIRA) to improve the quality of life of the un-served and the under-served by promoting home ownership and providing real estate services that support this goal. It is also CIRA’s mission to enhance the economic development and improvement of their members and the community they serve. Read more here.

June 3, 2015 – FHCCI Celebrates LGBT Pride Month: This June, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) celebrates LGBT Pride Month and honors the landmark achievements towards equality that have been made and the strides we still need to make. “The FHCCI seeks to ensure a more inclusive and diverse Indiana,” said FHCCI Executive Director Amy Nelson. “The last year has taught us that Indiana still has a long way to go to ensure that the LGBT community is valued and respected as the vital part of our state that it is.” Read more here.

May 27, 2015 – FHCCI Files Discrimination Complaint Against Indianapolis Mobile Home Community: Today, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) announced that it has filed a lawsuit against Shiloh Estates, a mobile home community located on the East Side of Indianapolis, alleging discrimination against African-Americans, Latinos, families with children, and people with disabilities. The suit follows a years-long investigation by the FHCCI and alleges that Shiloh Estates; its owner and management company, Colorado-based FR Community; and its former manager, Pamela Ziemer, engaged in unlawful discrimination against current and former tenants on the basis of race, color, national origin, familial status, and disability. Read more below.

May 13, 2015 – FHCCI and 19 Civil Rights Organizations File Complaint Against Fanne Mae: Today, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) together with the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and other private fair housing organizations across the United States accused the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) of race and national origin discrimination. In a complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), the civil rights groups allege that Fannie Mae fails to maintain and market bank-owned foreclosures (also known as real estate owned or REO properties) in African American and Latino neighborhoods to the same standard as in White neighborhoods, a practice that violates the federal Fair Housing Act. Read more below.

April 2, 2015 – FHCCI Celebrates Fair Housing Month: Each year, April is celebrated around the country as Fair Housing Month. For 2015, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) is marking the occasion with its third-annual Fair Housing Conference and partnerships with Indianapolis artists Damon Lamar Reed and Bruce Armstrong. “Art has the power to transform a message through visual history,” stated Amy Nelson, Executive Director of the FHCCI. “Public art, like Reed and Armstrong’s murals, encourages a dialogue between all people, emphasizing integration and community. The FHCCI is thrilled to incorporate new ways of communicating its vision of a society free of discrimination.” Read more here.

March 31, 2015 – FHCCI Urges Addition of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to Indiana Civil Rights Laws: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) urges the Indiana General Assembly to immediately amend Indiana civil rights laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Hoosiers from discrimination. “While several Indiana cities have made great strides in ensuring equality for LGBT residents, there is a serious risk of backsliding at the state level,” stated Amy Nelson, Executive Director of FHCCI. “It is still perfectly lawful in Indiana to fire or evict someone because of their sexual orientation, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) threatens to deny services to any LGBT customer if a business so chooses and overrides any local LGBT civil rights or housing protections under city/county human relations ordinances. The only way to secure an inclusive and equal society for our LGBT relatives, friends, and neighbors is to add sexual orientation and gender identity/expression as protected classes to Indiana civil rights and fair housing laws.” Read more here.

March 31, 2015 – Indiana Senate Set to Vote on HB 1300 Restricting Housing Choice for Low-Income Hoosiers: Any day now, the Indiana Senate will vote on HB 1300, which would restrict the ability of Indiana cities and counties to add or enforce source of income housing discrimination protections under their City/County Human Relations Ordinances. If passed, it would significantly impact the ability of cities and counties with affordable housing limitations to ensure safe, affordable housing options for those of lower incomes. HB 1300 has passed the Indiana House and recently passed out of the Senate Local Government Committee as “Do Pass” on a party-line vote. The Fair Housing Center of Central (FHCCI) urges a “Do Not Pass” on HB 1300. Read more 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 here. View the report here.

March 6, 2015 – Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana Honors Women’s History Month:  The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) celebrates Women’s History Month and acknowledges the strides that have been made in gender equality. “We’ve made tremendous progress since the Fair Housing Act was amended to ensure equal access to housing for equally qualified women in 1974, but we still see to symptoms to sexism in the housing market today,” stated Amy Nelson, Executive Director of the FHCCI. “Whether it’s banks refusing to lend mortgages to women on maternity leave or single mothers being told they can only rent apartments on certain floors of apartment buildings because landlords are concerned about noise, the FHCCI is committed to helping women who have been discriminated against enforce their rights.” Read more here.

March 2, 2015 – Fair Housing Center Honors Disability Awareness Month: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) joins with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and the public to honor March as Disability Awareness Month in Indiana. “Disability has been a federally protected class since 1988, but we still see examples of housing discrimination daily,” said Amy Nelson, Executive Director of the FHCCI. “Whether this is charging tenants with disabilities pet fees to live with their service animals; steeper mortgage terms for applicants whose income is disability benefits; or development companies building multifamily housing that doesn’t meet minimum accessibility standards, these are all unlawful and all unfortunately common.” Read more here.

February 4, 2015 – Fair Housing Center Announces Coach Herman Boone, HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary Bryan Greene to Speak at Annual Conference: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) and more than 20 community sponsors are pleased to announce that Herman Boone, legendary football coach and inspiration for the 2000 film Remember the Titans, and Bryan Greene,General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will speak at their April 16, 2015 Fair Housing Annual Conference. In addition, a featured workshop panelist will be Steven Rosenbaum, Chief, Housing & Civil Rights Section at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC, who will provide an update on the Department of Justice’s fair lending cases. Other local and nationally known fair housing speakers will also be workshop panelists. Read more here.

January 22, 2015 – Housing vouchers could be accepted throughout county, Indianapolis Recorder: “What’s happening is, the individuals are being driven right back into poverty areas and it’s defeating the purpose of the program,” said Amy Nelson, executive director of the FHCCI. “In many ways it’s putting a wall up in high poverty areas and saying ‘Once you get in there you’re stuck and we aren’t going to help you get back out’ and that’s not what we want.” Read the entire story here (direct link) or here (pdf).

January 19, 2015 – FHCCI Honors Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) today honors the legacy of one of the fair housing movement’s greatest leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Dr. King was a tireless advocate for the end of residential segregation in the United States,” stated Amy Nelson, Executive Director of the FHCCI. “He knew that the only way to promote inclusion and acceptance in society was if people were coworkers, neighbors, and schoolmates. We owe him a profound debt for all he did to bring greater racial equality to our society.” Read more here.

December 4, 2014 – Fair Housing Centers Settle Housing Accessibility Lawsuit against Buckingham Realty and Development Corp. and Several Co-Defendants: The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, and HOPE Fair Housing Center (HOPE) have settled an accessibility lawsuit against Midwest developer Buckingham Realty and Development Corp. and several co-defendants, regarding alleged violations at the Champion Farms Apartments (Louisville, Kentucky), Grand Prairie Apartments (Peoria, Illinois), Providence at Old Meridian Apartments (Carmel, Indiana) and The Reserve at Williams Glen Apartments (Zionsville, Indiana). 

December 1, 2014 – Indianapolis/Marion County Set to Vote on Historic Source of Income Protection: Tonight, the Indianapolis/Marion County City/County Council will vote on Proposal 215, which would add source of income as a protected class to the City/County Human Relations Ordinance. If passed, it would be unlawful for housing providers to deny a prospective tenant solely because he or she receives rental assistance such as a Housing Choice Voucher or subsidy from a nonprofit agency such as domestic violence survivors’ organizations or independent living centers. Read more here.

  • Press
    • Open Housing for Section 8 Recipients on Council Agenda, FOX 59, November 30, 2014:     direct link
    • Should all Indy landlords have to take Section 8 vouchers?, Indianapolis Star, December 9, 2014:     direct link

November 12, 2014 – Fair Housing Groups File Familial Status Discrimination Complaint: The Connecticut Fair Housing Center (CFHC), the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI), and the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center (MVFHC) announce that they have filed a fair housing complaint against TGM Associates, a New York-based property management company that owns and operates apartment complexes throughout the United States. The groups allege that TGM has engaged in systemic discrimination against families with children across five properties evaluated in three states. Read more 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. Read more below.

  • Press Release
  • Audit Report
  • Press:
    • Audit Highlights Housing Discrimination in Marian County, Indiana Public Media, November 12, 2014: direct link
    • Report Shows Many Marion County Residents Denied Housing, WIBC, November 12, 2014: direct link
    • STUNNER! In Tests, 80% To 90% of Folks With Section 8 Vouchers Turned DOWN For Housing In Indy, The Amos Brown Show, November 11, 2014: direct link

November 11, 2014 – FHCCI Honors Our Nation’s Servicemembers This Veterans’ Day: This Veterans’ Day, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) honors our nation’s servicemembers for the sacrifices they have made and joins them to increase awareness and enforce their rights to equal housing. Read more here.

October 15, 2014 – FHCCI Receives HUD Grant: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it has awarded a three-year private enforcement grant of $325,000 per year to the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI). These funds are provided through HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) and will be used to investigate allegations of housing discrimination, educate the public and the housing industry about their rights and responsibilities under the federal Fair Housing Act, and work to promote equal housing opportunities. The grant total for the three-year period for the FHCCI is $975,000. Read more here.

October 14, 2014 – FHCCI Honors Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Each October, the nation honors those affected by domestic violence. The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) stands with survivors to assist them in enforcing their rights to safe and equal housing. Many do not know that the state of Indiana has laws in place to ensure that survivors are able to put their safety first without fear of eviction or penalties from their housing provider. Read more here.

September 26, 2014 – FHCCI Celebrates Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) joins the nation in celebrating Hispanic American Heritage Month this September 15 through October 15, 2014 and honors the trailblazing Latino Americans who have contributed to American history and culture. Read more 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 (Note: the work of the FHCCI is noted in particular on pages 47, 49, 50-51, and 63.) Additional link here.
  • Press Stories:
    • Fair Housing Report Cites Lenders, WIBC, September 3, 2014: direct link
    • Are these homes lowering property values? Guess who owns them., Indianapolis Star, September 4, 2014:     direct link
    • When empty homes are left to rot, everyone suffers, Indianapolis Star, September 8, 2014:     direct link

June 4, 2014 – FHCCI Celebrates LGBT Pride Month: This June, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) celebrates LGBT Pride Month and honors the landmark achievements towards equality that have been made. “The FHCCI seeks to ensure a more inclusive and diverse Indiana,” said FHCCI Executive Director Amy Nelson. “The LGBT community is a vital part of our city and our state. Over the last few years, we have seen phenomenal progress towards a more equal society, but we still have further to go.” Read more here.

May 13, 2014 – FHCCI Files Against Safeguard: The National Fair Housing Alliance and five of its member organizations (including the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana) announced a fourth amended federal housing discrimination complaint with new evidence 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). For more information on the case, go to:

April 1, 2014 – April is Fair Housing Month: “Each April we celebrate the anniversary of the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act, and it is an honor to have the opportunity to welcome a civil rights pioneer to Indianapolis as part of this year’s Fair Housing Month events,” said Amy Nelson, Executive Director of the FHCCI. “As we look forward to the work we hope to accomplish in furthering equal housing opportunities for all, it’s important to acknowledge the history of the civil rights movement and those ‘foot soldiers for freedom’ like Mrs. LaNier, whom we owe a great debt.” Read the entire press release here.

March 14, 2014 – Fair Housing Proclamation Issued: The FHCCI was honored to have Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard sign a proclamation observing April as Fair Housing Month, the FHCCI’s mission and upcoming April 17th Fair Housing Conference.

March 13, 2014 – FHCCI Honors Women’s History Month: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) celebrates Women’s History Month and acknowledges the strides that have been made in gender equality. “It was just a generation ago that it was perfectly lawful for a landlord to refuse to rent to a female head of household,” stated Amy Nelson, Executive Director of the FHCCI. “In 1974, the federal Fair Housing Act was amended to include sex as a protected class, ensuring that equally qualified women had equal access to housing.” Read the entire press release 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.

February 10, 2014 – FHCCI Celebrates Black History Month: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) celebrates Black History Month this February and honors the civil rights leaders who have pioneered integration in the United States. “The Civil Rights Act of 1866 made it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of race or color in any housing transaction,” said Amy Nelson, Executive Director of the FHCCI. “Fair housing has been an integral part of African-American history since the earliest days of our nation. The later passage of the federal Fair Housing Act in April 1968 added needed enforcement power to address racial discrimination in housing.” Read the entire press release here.

  • Press Stories:
    • Fair Housing Center of Centeral Indiana Celebrates Black History Month, Indianapolis Recorder, February 10, 2014: direct link

January 20, 2014 – FHCCI Honors Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) today honors the legacy of one of the fair housing movement’s greatest leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Dr. King knew that social justice could only be achieved through the creation of a law that protected equal housing opportunity as a right,” said Amy Nelson, Executive Director of the FHCCI. “His work was vital in forging the fair housing movement and furthering efforts to create a vibrant and inclusive society.” Read the entire press release here.

January 16, 2014 – FHCCI Announces Over $500,000 in Neighborhood Stabilization Grants: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) announces over $500,000 in grants to support neighborhood stabilization in Indianapolis communities of color impacted by foreclosure. Learn about projects funded here.

November 20, 2013 – FHCCI Recognizes Transgender Remembrance Day: Today, the nation observes the 15th Annual Transgender Remembrance Day, remembering those who have suffered hate-motivated violence due to their gender identity, gender expression, or transgender status. In addition to violence experienced, the ability to access safe and affordable housing, free from discrimination, has been shown to be a barrier for those who are transgender. Read the entire press release here.

November 11, 2013 – FHCCI Honors Our Nation’s Servicemembers This Veterans’ Day: This Veterans’ Day, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) honors our nation’s servicemembers for the sacrifices they have made and joins them to increase awareness and to enforce their rights to equal housing. Read the entire press release here.

October 15, 2013 – FHCCI Joins National Fair Housing Complaint Against U.S. Bank: Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance and six of its member organizations, including the FHCCI, 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. For more information on the case, go to:

October 9, 2013 – FHCCI Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Each October, the nation honors those affected by domestic violence. The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) stands with survivors to ensure their livelihood and security by enforcing their rights to safe, equitable housing. Too often, individuals fleeing abusive situations experience a second victimization of being evicted or denied housing because of a history of calls to police or property damage caused by an abuser. Read the entire press release here.

September 16, 2013 Neighborhood Stabilization Grants Available in Indy Neighborhoods of Color: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) announces the availability of grants for non-profit agencies, unincorporated neighborhood groups, and homeowners. Funding will be awarded for projects and programs that invest in Indianapolis neighborhoods of color; foster homeownership; and promote diverse, inclusive communities. The FHCCI will provide three main funding sources:

  • Non-profits may apply for grants up to $75,000;
  • Unincorporated neighborhood groups may apply for grants up to $5,000; and
  • Homeowners with disabilities or signs of aging may apply for accessibility home modifications to allow them to age in place. Grants are estimated at up to $10,000 per home.

A $600,000 grant to the Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation for neighborhood stabilization was also announced.

Read the entire press release or go to the grants page for info on that program.

Press Stories:

    • Neighborhood stabilization funding available, Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper, September 17, 2013: direct link
    • Indy Neighborhood Receives $600k for Rehabbing Homes, WFYI News, September 17, 2013: direct link
    • Wells Fargo settlement gives $600,000 in grants to aid Indy’s Mapleton-Fall Creek homes, Indianapolis Star, September 17, 2013: direct link
    • Mapleton-Fall Creek receives $600K grant, Fox 59, September 16, 2013: direct link
    • Community Group Lands Housing Grant, INSIDE iNDIANA BUSINESS, September 16, 2013: direct link

June 12, 2013 – HUD Awards Fair Housing Funds to FHCCI: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $324,709 to the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana to assist people in the Indianapolis metro area and surrounding counties who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination, expand training opportunities on fair housing laws and further collaborations to address housing discrimination. Read more here.

  • Press Stories:
    • Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana Receives More Than $324,000 in Grant Money, Indianapolis Star, September 25, 2013: direct link

June 6, 2013 – Fair Housing Groups Announce Fair Housing Settlement with Wells Fargo to Address Maintenance of Foreclosed Properties: Indianapolis neighborhoods of color will receive $1.42m in community relief from a national fair housing settlement announced today. This settlement is the first of its kind and the result of work by the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana and its partners in a filed fair housing complaint which alleged that Wells Fargo’s REO (Real Estate Owned or foreclosed) properties in white areas were much better maintained and marketed by Wells Fargo than REO properties in Indianapolis African-American and Latino neighborhoods. For more information on the case or the settlement, see the press releases below:

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.

  • Press Stories:
    • Housing audit finds discrimination in Indianapolis apartment rentals, Indianapolis Star, April 10, 2013: direct link
    • EXCLUSIVE SHOCKER! Testers Found 82% of Blacks Discriminated Against When Renting In Indy, Afternoons with Amos, April 10, 2013: direct link

April 2, 2013 – April is Fair Housing Month! Celebrate Through a Fair Housing Conference and Civil Rights Photography Exhibit: Learn more here.

February  2013 – State of Indiana Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing: The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) will convene five focus groups during February to identify impediments to fair housing.  To see more information or to view upcoming meeting dates, click here.

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.

December 11, 2012 – Civil Rights Organizations File Federal Lawsuit against Buckingham Realty and Development Corp. and Several Co-Defendants for Fair Housing Act Violations in Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana

See the press release and filed complaint for more information.

Press Stories:

    • Buckingham facing federal lawsuit for allegedly discriminating against people with disabilities, Indianapolis Star, December 11, 2012: direct link
    • Housing group sues Buckingham over apartment accessibility, Indianapolis Business Journal, December 11, 2012: direct link

October 23, 2012 – National Fair Housing Alliance and Member Agencies Allege Discrimination in Marketing and Maintenance of Foreclosed Homes in Chicago, Milwaukee and Indianapolis

Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), the HOPE Fair Housing Center, the South Suburban Housing Center, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council and the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana announced a federal housing discrimination complaint against Bank of America Corporation, Bank of America, N.A., and BAC Home Loan Servicing, LP. This complaint is the result of an undercover investigation of Bank of America that found the financial giant maintains and markets foreclosed homes in White neighborhoods in a much better manner than in African-American and Latino neighborhoods in Chicago, Milwaukee and Indianapolis.

See the Press Release for more information. A copy of the filed complaint may be viewed here or as follows: Bank of America Complaint 10-23-2012Exhibit A and Exhibit B

Press Stories:

  • Thumbs down: Signs of Discrimination, NUVO Weekly, October 24, 2012: direct link

    Feds sue Bank of America for ‘Hustle’ loan fraud, USA Today, October 24, 2012: direct link

    Banks Accused of Discrimination, WISH-TV, October 24, 2012: direct link

    Bank of America accused of neglecting foreclosed homes in minority neighborhoods, Indianapolis Star, October 23, 2012: direct link

    Indiana Housing Group Joins Bank of America Complaint, 93.1 WIBC, October 23, 2012: direct link

    Suit Alleges Bank Of America Left Foreclosed Homes For Ruin, Indiana Public Radio/Network Indiana, October 23, 2012: direct link

    Fair Housing Organizations Find Bank of America Discriminates in the Midwest, Hispanic Business, October 23, 2012: direct link

April 28, 2012 – Central Indiana Accessibility Partnership Project Launches: The FHCCI was pleased on April 28, 2012 to kick off this project to help low to moderate income persons with disabilities or signs of aging in central Indiana modify their homes or apartment units for better accessibility. More information on the project can be found by here.

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