FHCCI News and Updates

June 17, 2024 – Roger That Podcast Ep 18: A Conversation with FHCCI Executive Director Amy Nelson: A few episodes ago, the Roger That podcast shared about their legislative efforts to try to make it illegal for landlords to deny veterans using vouchers for their housing. On that episode, they spoke with Amy Nelson, Executive Director of Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana. Amy came to Indiana in 2011 to be the first Executive Director of Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, as it was founded the same year. On this episode, you’ll hear more about FHCCI, the current housing market trends in Indiana, and how we as a community can make housing more affordable for everyone. The show notes for this episode can be found on HVAF’s blog and you can listen to the podcast here.

June 10, 2024 – Housing report focuses on changing affordability of mobile and manufactured homes: A shortage of safe, affordable housing in Indiana is an ongoing issue. A new report focuses on how mobile and manufactured homes in the state might contribute to the problem. Full story here.

June 10, 2024 – BUILDING SUPPORT: Nearly 500 Advocates Write To Gov. Holcomb Seeking State Housing Commission: A letter signed by nearly 500 Hoosier organizations and individuals was presented to Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday as part of a continued effort to persuade him to establish a statewide housing commission to tackle Indiana’s “extreme housing crisis.” Full story here.

June 4, 2024 – Fair Housing Center Releases New Report on Indiana Mobile-Manufactured Housing Communities: Today, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) releases its newest report, The State of Fair Housing in Indiana – Unstable Land: The Fair Housing Challenges for Manufactured Housing Residents. This report highlights key demographic information related to residents of mobile-manufactured housing as well as evaluates the challenges for residents in maintaining housing affordability. Download the press release here  or review the full report.

May 24, 2024 – ‘LOW PERFORMING LENDERS’: New Portal Makes Mortgage And Homeownership Data In Central Indiana More Accessible To Public: In its fight against housing discrimination, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana believes knowledge is power. The nonprofit based in Indianapolis has launched an online fair housing data portal which provides demographic stats and mortgage lending metrics for the Indianapolis metropolitan area. In particular, individuals accessing the site can review a list of the top mortgage lenders in Central Indiana and see each lender’s stats for approving mortgages by customer race, ethnicity, income and gender. Full story here.

May 10, 2024 – ‘GENERATIONS OF LOST WEALTH’: ‘Unwelcomed’ Exhibit In Bloomington Spotlights Housing Discrimination That Blocks Homeownership: The racial and economic barriers to homeownership have deep roots in Indiana, even in communities like Bloomington that have striven to accept and support people of diverse backgrounds. “I think it’s a problem in every community in America,” Michael Shermis, human rights director, ADA coordinator  and special projects coordinator for the city of Bloomington, said of housing accessibility. Because Bloomington is “so progressive and liberal,” many people might assume it would not have these kinds of challenges, he added, “but we have an affordable housing problem and a history of fair housing issues in this community.” Full story here.

May 8, 2024 – FHCCI Launches Data Portal for Public Access of Key Mortgage Lending Metrics: Today, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) launches a fair housing data portal for public access to view key housing demographics and mortgage lending metrics for the Indianapolis metropolitan area. “The data in this portal are key metrics the FHCCI commonly obtains and uses during an investigation of a mortgage lender’s compliance with fair housing laws,” explained Amy Nelson, Executive Director of the FHCCI. “Instead of the FHCCI keeping this data to itself, we felt it was important to share it with the public so they too could review and assist us in holding our area mortgage lenders accountable and work with us for needed policy change.” Full press release here.

May 6, 2024 – Unwelcomed Exhibit Moves to Bloomington, Indiana to Explore Historic & Systemic Barriers: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI), in partnership with the Bloomington/Monroe County Human Rights Commission, announces that the interactive, traveling exhibit Unwelcomed: A Fair Housing History of Sales & Lending Discrimination will be available for viewing in Bloomington, Indiana during the month of May! Full press release here.

April 24, 2024 – Adsposure Announces Winners of Third-Annual Transit Awards: The 2023 Adsposure Transit Awards have concluded, and after a fierce two-week competition and thousands of votes, 29 campaigns were crowned first place winners! Included was a campaign by the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana. Full story here.

April 22, 2024 – Indiana housing stock at risk of corporate investment, according to national assessment: Indiana is at a higher risk of private, out-of-state companies buying up housing stock, according to a new national analysis. It also finds the trend may influence the affordable housing crisis in Indiana as the gap continues to grow. The Private Equity Risk Index assesses state policy to determine how private equity groups have opportunity to impact factors including housing and health. Full story here.

April 19, 2024 – Fair Housing Center Announces Staff Promotions: Today, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) is pleased to announce promotions for three of its staff members: Erika Fotsch, Noah Moenning, and Hafsa Razi. Download the full release here.

April 15, 2024 – FHCCI Part of Roger That Ep 14: We Must Protect Veterans Using Vouchers to End Homelessness Podcast: On this podcast hosted by HVAF, the FHCCI is part of a discussion as to the harms of section 8 voucher denial rates. Listen here.

April 8, 2024 – Report: More than 1,000 housing discrimination complaints filed in Indiana in last five years: A new report shows more than 1,300 housing discrimination complaints were filed in Indiana over a recent five-year period. The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana reports that’s an 18 percent increase from 2019 to 2023. Full story here.

April 3, 2024 – Fair Housing Center Releases New Report on Fair Housing Complaints Across Indiana: Today, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) releases a supplement report, The State of Fair Housing in Indiana – A Review of Fair Housing Complaints 2019-2023, which analyzes fair housing complaints filed during HUD fiscal years 2019-2023, along with other key updates. This report builds off the FHCCI’s 2020 report The State of Fair Housing in Indiana – Fair Housing Complaint Filing 2000-2018. Download the full press release or go to our Reports Page.

April 2, 2024 – Indiana nonprofit will receive nearly $700,000 in federal grants to fight housing discrimination: Federal grants awarded to an Indiana organization will help fight housing discrimination. The annual funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will ensure the only fair housing nonprofit in the state stays open. The largest award — a three-year grant for $425,000 — will help fund the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana’s primary investigative work, looking into what Executive Director Amy Nelson said are some of the most common forms of housing discrimination. Full story here.

April 2, 2024 – HUD Awards Over $30 Million to Fight Housing Discrimination: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is announcing today the award of over $30 million to fair housing organizations across the country under its Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP). The grants will support the efforts of national, state, and local fair housing entities working to address violations of the Fair Housing Act and to end discrimination in housing. Full press release here.

April 1, 2024 – Indianapolis City-County Council to Pass Resolution Honoring Fair Housing Month: Tonight, at the City-County Council’s planned meeting, their first resolution will be to designate April as Fair Housing Month. Learn more:    Agenda     Resolution

April 1, 2024 – Fair Housing Center Announces Fair Housing Month Activities: Each year, April is celebrated across the country as Fair Housing Month to honor the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act in April 1968. This year marks the 56th anniversary of the signing of the Act into law. In honor, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) has a month of targeted activities in celebration and recognition of fair housing and the passage of this important civil rights law. Download the full press release here.

March 28, 2024 – FHCCI Announces New Hire: Today, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) announces a new hire. The FHCCI welcomes William Willis to its team. William joins the FHCCI as its Test Coordinator where he manages the FHCCI’s testing program through recruitment and training of fair housing testers and coordination of fair housing tests. Download the full press release here.

March 19, 2024 – FHCCI Releases 2023 Annual Report: Today, the FHCCI releases its 2023 Annual Report highlighting key metrics and fair housing accomplishments under our main program areas. Download a copy here or go to our Reports Page.

March 4, 2024 – Uncovering Discrimination: The Fight for Fair Housing: The work of the FHCCI was highlighted during the Homeward Indy podcast through an interview with FHCCI team members, Brady Ripperger and Erika Fotsch. Listen online here or wherever you get your podcasts.

February 15, 2024 – Despite some homeownership increases, report shows mortgage lending inequalities persist: Despite an increase in home buying in Marion County, racial inequalities in homeownership persist. That’s according to a new report released Wednesday by the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana. Full story here.

February 14, 2024 – Marion County Mortgage Lending Report Released: In January 2022, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) released its first report on mortgage lending. Today, the FHCCI provides a supplemental report, The State of Fair Housing in Indiana – Mortgage Lending Update for Marion County 2021-2022, which builds on our previous report by providing updated Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data for the years 2021 and 2022, along with other key updates. Download the press release here or review the full report.

February 6, 2024 – Central Indiana Housing Study Released: The Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization has released its Central Indiana Housing Study which assesses housing pricing, availability by type, quantifies how that compares to what the population wants and can afford, and proposes policy solutions for identified issues. It also includes references to reports published by the FHCCI, including the impact of out-of-state investors in our home buying market. You can download copies here.

January 15, 2024 – What renters should know about their rights during extreme cold: When the weather gets this cold, 13News always hears from renters whose heat is out. Sometimes, their landlord or apartment manager is not getting it fixed quickly or just isn’t responding. So far, the Marion County Public Health Department has received 17 complaints of “no heat” since Saturday. Investigations into the complaints will start on Tuesday. Full story here.

January 5, 2024 – Lack of affordable housing felt in all 92 Indiana counties: Across Indiana, there has been a shortage of affordable housing causing an increase of “severe housing cost burden” for people in extremely low-income households in all 92 Indiana counties. Full story here.

December 21, 2023 – Indy renters want solutions for high rent rates: Indiana is one of five states, including Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho and North Carolina, without any concrete renter’s protection laws. According to Rent Café, the average rent in Indianapolis for an 876-square-foot apartment is $1,193. Carmel ranks the highest, with an average rent at $1,623. “Indianapolis rent has shot up 30% since last year. It is the highest increase in the whole country. How are you supposed to make three times the rent to move in? Minimum wage is stuck at $7.25 an hour,” said Dee Ross, one of the organizers of the “Rent Too High” town hall held on Dec. 11. Full story here.

December 11, 2023 – Indiana Tenant Association holds Indianapolis town hall: The group advocates for tenant rights in the state. What they want is filling basic needs, like affordable housing and safe living conditions. Full story here.

December 11, 2023 – Indy residents seek solutions to combat high rent rates: A desperate push to get city and state leaders to protect Hoosiers from rising rates was demonstrated at The Indiana Historical Society Monday. Rent has increased tremendously across the state, forcing tenants to spend their evening at the “Rent Too High” Town Hall looking for solutions that will help ease the financial burden. Full story here.

December 11, 2023 – How do I file a complaint against my landlord? Here’s a renter’s guide.: Indiana has notoriously lax renter protections. The state, for example, is one of only five that doesn’t have a statute allowing tenants to withhold rent until necessary repairs are made, according to the legal publication Nolo. Full story here.

December 5, 2023 – Deutsche Bank Must Face Trial In Fair Housing Suit, Orgs. Say: A group of housing associations asked an Illinois federal judge Monday to allow their lawsuit against Deutsche Bank over the alleged neglect of foreclosed homes in minority neighborhoods to proceed to trial, saying evidence establishing the bank’s control over the servicing of those properties would give a jury a clear basis to find it violated the Fair Housing Act. Full story here.

December 1, 2023 – Marion County Health Department providing resources to help renters experiencing problems with utilities: With the temperature dropping, you may be turning your heat on for the first time. However, that can also be the moment you realize it doesn’t work. At the Irvington Lofts Apartments, residents did not have heat for weeks, but the management team tells 13News they are upgrading their HVAC systems and will be done in a couple of weeks. Full story here.

November 30, 2023 – Edna Martin Christian Center works to make affordable housing available on the city’s east side: Indianapolis is facing a housing crisis. “It gives me a little bit of anxiety,” said DeAngela Hall, a prospective home buyer. Hall works in the Martindale-Brightwood area and grew up nearby. “It’s good to see the changes that are happening in the neighborhood, like the revitalization of the Douglas park area and the neighborhood itself looks better, but the cost in order to stay in this area makes me a little bit nervous,” said Hall. According to the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, over the last five years, the average cost of a home in Martindale-Brightwood went up by 262%. Full story here.

November 30, 2023 – FHCCI Announces New Hire: Today, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) announces a new hire. The FHCCI welcomes to its team Taylor Underwood. She joins the FHCCI as its Systemic Investigations Coordinator where she will assist the FHCCI’s efforts in investigation, research, and addressing systemic issues of housing discrimination across Indiana. Full release here.

November 8, 2023 – Indy advocates, studies say reducing homelessness starts with increasing affordable housing: Advocates are increasingly trying to reframe the issue of homelessness as a systemic problem stemming from failures in economic and housing development rather than blaming individual drivers such as addiction, mental health or employability.  Full story here.

November 7, 2023 – Advocates: Bad policy caused Indiana’s housing crisis: Research shows even the threat of eviction can lead to higher rates of physical illness, high blood pressure and mental health issues — and Indiana has one of the worst eviction rates in the country. Advocates say Indiana’s housing crisis can be traced to bad policy.  The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana keeps a “bad bills list.” It tracks how Indiana policy creates barriers to fair housing. Full story here.

November 3, 2023 – Developers eyeing renters, not buyers, for new communities: It’s no secret that Indiana lacks available single-family housing, as the state’s existing-home sales have dropped for 20 straight months. And the nationwide struggle to purchase single-family homes due to supply shortages, large investment groups outbidding families with all-cash offers, high prices and interest rates near 8% has left the United States with a deficit of 3.8 million homes, according to Freddie Mac. One alternative that’s gaining steam is “build-to-rent” communities. Full story here.

October 27, 2023 – Fair Housing Groups Announce Increased Disability Access Across Van Rooy Properties: Today, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI), the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan (FHCWM), and Van Rooy Properties, Inc. (Van Rooy) announce Van Rooy’s agreement and commitment to expand efforts to ensure fair housing opportunities for the d/Deaf and hard of hearing community. Van Rooy manages a portfolio of 70+ properties, including 10,000+ units across Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Florida, Kentucky, and Missouri. Full release here.

October 24, 2023 – Housing Part of Indy Mayoral Debate: The FHCCI Report, Who Owns Indy’s Houses: A review of the Largest Single-Family Home Investors, was a topic of discussion at last night’s Indianapolis Mayoral Debate.

October 11, 2023 – Single mother searches for affordable housing to keep kids in Lawrence schools: Owning your own home is a dream many pursue, but getting there can be extremely difficult, especially now. The shortage of affordable and available housing in Indiana has grown over the past few years, and Lawrence is no exception. The Midwest is typically home to more affordable housing than expensive, crowded coastal areas, but Indiana ranks the lowest among nearby states. Full story here.

October 6, 2023 – Libertarian and Democratic Socialist facing off on near east side of Marion County: Home prices in Marion County are skyrocketing, and the high interest rates aren’t helping. But buyers aren’t the only ones who are suffering. Renters are also being hit with these rising prices. Full story here.

October 5, 2023 – FHCCI Executive Director Appointed to CFPB Consumer Advisory Board: Today, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the appointment of new members to the Consumer Advisory Board, Community Bank Advisory Council, Credit Union Advisory Council, and Academic Research Council. The FHCCI’s Executive Director, Amy Nelson, was one of the appointments. Read full release here.

October 3, 2023 – Lawrence mayoral candidates address city’s top issues: Lawrence has been a target for out-of-state investors. According to the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, these investors are coming in, buying up thousands of homes, beating individual homebuyers with cash offers, and then flipping the properties into expensive rentals. Full story here.

September 21, 2023 – How the housing crisis is impacting people living in District 2 in Marion County: Homes in the Ravenswood neighborhood are up more than 13% from last year and almost 70% from September 2018. Full story here.

September 21, 2023 – ‘Treated like animals:’ How a mega investor turned affordable homes into rental nightmares: These are the experiences of Indianapolis tenants who rent from VineBrook Homes, one of the city’s largest corporate homeowners. But VineBrook, a Dallas-based real estate investment trust, isn’t just a landlord. They’re one of several out-of-state institutional investors buying up homes in Indianapolis with often unbeatable cash offers and flipping them to rent, squeezing an already-tight real estate market in neighborhoods where they’re dominant, and pricing out low to moderate-income homebuyers. Full story here.

September 15, 2023 – Pilot program aims to give relief to Riverside property taxpayers: A pilot program hoping to soften the blow of increasing tax bills will begin this year in Riverside. The pilot was made possible through a new state law that allows counties to designate neighborhood enhancement districts and determine to what extent a homeowner’s property tax liability should be limited. Full story here.

September 15, 2023 – Secret shoppers testing fair housing laws: For discrimination cases without an identified victim, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana goes into the situation looking to rectify what is uncovered. Full story here.

September 14, 2023 – How Wall Street cashed in on the American Dream: Homebuyers outbid in droves by investors: First-time homebuyers Michael Wathen and his fiancé thought they’d found their future home in a spacious brick 3-bedroom bungalow in Decatur Township. They’d fallen in love. She was moving from Cincinnati. He lived with his parents, saving for two years to afford a hefty down payment for their dream. Then, like thousands of other Indianapolis families, they were outbid by a real estate investment company that bought their dream home for 5% more than the listing price of $170,000. Now, what could have been their first home as a married couple is being rented out by Progress Residential, one of Indianapolis’ largest companies that rent houses. Full story here.

August 17, 2023 – Companies buying up single-family homes in Indianapolis impacts affordable housing: The number of single-family homes owned by corporate investors is on the rise, and that trend has an impact on affordable housing in Indianapolis. A report from the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana finds 27,000 Marion County homes are owned by corporate investors, and about half of those are out-of-state companies.  FHCCI Executive Director Amy Nelson said the trend is also costing the state rent. Full story here.

August 14, 2023 – Fair housing report highlights issues with out-of-state investors in Indianapolis, surrounding areas: Homeownership by out-of-state investors is becoming more prevalent in Indianapolis and surrounding areas and Indiana has become a top state for new single-family “build-to-rent” communities, according to a new comprehensive housing report released Aug. 9 by the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana. Full story here.

August 9, 2023 – Report: Corporate investors contributing to housing crisis in Indiana:new report by the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) is outlining how corporate investors are buying up a significant amount of Indianapolis’ single family homes. Full story here.

August 9, 2023 – Corporate Landlords Lead In Evictions, Indiana Report Says: Corporate owners of standalone homes in Indianapolis evict tenants and incur code violations more than other landlords, according to a Wednesday report by a nonprofit group focused on housing rights. Full story here.

August 9, 2023 – FHCCI Releases New Report on Housing Investors – Who Owns Indy’s Houses: A Review of the Largest Single-Family Home Investors: As homeownership disparities increase in Indianapolis and across the state, large corporate investors, mostly from out-of-state and heavily funded by Wall Street, have taken a significant hold of the city’s single-family homes. These corporate owners purchase properties at rapid rates, often converting formerly owner-occupied homes into rentals, and out-competing individual home buyers with all-cash offers. As landlords, they tend to file evictions frequently per unit, and fail to maintain properties at high rates. All these impacts are felt strongly in our neighborhoods of color. Today, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) releases its newest report, The State of Fair Housing in Indiana – Who Owns Indy’s Houses: A Review of the Largest Single-Family Home Investors, which identifies these companies and analyzes their impact on our community. Download the press release here or review the full report.

July 31, 2023 – What should I know before signing a housing lease in Indiana? Finding a home or apartment for rent in Indiana can be difficult. Throughout the country, and in Indiana, there is a housing shortage and renters have struggled to find affordable housing. Along with these challenges, unexpected and confusing fees show up. What resources are available for new and long-standing renters in Indiana? And what protections exist for tenants? Full story here.

July 27, 2023 – FHCCI Presents: “JUST ACTION: An Evening with Leah Rothstein”: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) is excited to announce that housing policy expert Ms. Leah Rothstein will be our special guest speaker at “JUST ACTION: An Evening with Leah Rothstein” on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, at The Toby Theater at Newfields in Indianapolis. Ms. Rothstein is co-author with her father, Richard Rothstein, on their new book Just Action: How to Challenge Segregation Enacted Under the Color of Law. This book is a follow up to Mr. Rothstein’s ground-breaking civil rights book, The Color Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, which decimated the myth that Black and white families live separately by choice and argued that government actions created our segregated communities. Building from that foundation, this new book answers the question, “How do we challenge the racial divisions in our communities?” Full release here.

July 26, 2023 – Multilingual housing guide to help Indiana immigrants: As the housing crisis hits Indiana’s growing immigrant community, two agencies are partnering to ease challenges in the application process. Immigrant Welcome Center representatives say it’s safe to say all new immigrants face housing insecurity, especially if they don’t already have family here or a sponsor. Then you add missing documentation and identification, it becomes an uphill climb. Housing is one of the top resources searched for immigrants in Indiana. The crisis seen across the state is even more concentrated in undocumented communities when you factor in missing documentation and language barriers. Full story here.

June 29, 2023 – Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana Director Honored with Trailblazer Award: On June 28, 2023, the Central Indiana Realtist Association (CIRA) hosted its annual Trailblazers Awards & Recognition Luncheon where it honors those leaders who broke down barriers and through glass ceilings in their respective industries in the advancement of homeownership for those who are unserved and underserved. During the event, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana’s Executive Director, Amy Nelson, was honored with a 2023 Trailblazer Award for her and her organization’s work in fighting housing discrimination. Full release here.

June 15, 2023 – FHCCI releases new report on tenant screening barriers: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana has released its newest report, “The State of Fair Housing in Indiana – No Way Home: Tenant Screening Barriers to Housing,” which documents the struggles and barriers for area residents in securing rental housing. “Through interactions with FHCCI clients, fair housing testing, and review of area landlord policies, the FHCCI found that renters are frequently denied housing for incorrect information on their screening reports, such as mismatched names, expunged records being considered, and other misleading or distorted reports,” said Hafsa Razi, systemic investigations coordinator of the FHCCI, in a news release. “The process of obtaining a reason for denial is also difficult and burdensome for renters. Very often, renters do not know their rights, and housing providers frequently do not give them the information required under law.” Full story here.

June 6, 2023 – Credit scores, past evictions, criminal history pose barriers for renters, report finds: Stringent tenant screening policies are compounding the housing crisis and making it harder for Indianapolis residents, especially Black renters, women and families with children, to find safe and affordable homes, according to a new report from the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana. Full story here.

June 5, 2023 – FHCCI Announces New Hire: Today, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) announces a new hire to its Indianapolis-based operations. The FHCCI welcomes to its team Bryan Hernandez. Full release here.

May 31, 2023 – Fair Housing reports finds tenant screening barriers in Indianapolis: Tenants are finding it harder to get rental approval due to barriers in the screening process, according to a new report from the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana. People of color and domestic violence survivors are some of the most impacted. The report pulls from data collected in Indianapolis. In a housing market already near capacity, the screening process eliminates even more people from securing housing, and advocates say rental laws in Indiana offer very little protection. Full story here.

May 31, 2023 – FHCCI Releases New Report on Tenant Screening Barriers – No Way Home: Tenant Screening Barriers to Housing: In Marion County’s already tight rental housing market with increasingly rising rents, area renters face mounting barriers to finding housing due to tenant screening policies and services, which deny rental applicants based on long-term systemic policies or their past history, such as credit score, past evictions, and criminal records. Today, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) releases its newest report, The State of Fair Housing in Indiana – No Way Home: Tenant Screening Barriers to Housing, which documents the struggles and barriers for area residents in securing rental housing. Read full press release here and download the full report here.

April 25, 2023 – New FHCCI Fair Housing Poster Available: In its continuing Fair Housing Month activities, the FHCCI has released a new two-sided poster. The poster is available by mail, FREE, to Indiana residents. You can view the poster and place an order here.

April 20, 2023 – FHCCI Founding Board Member, Emily Munson, Named a IBJ Forty Under 40: Emily Munson is responsible for the legislative strategy at Indiana Disability Rights, the state’s federally mandated advocacy agency. She manages the agency’s health care-related litigation, oversees its fellows and legal interns, and handles external communications, whether developing press releases or educating lawmakers. Full story here.

April 19, 2023 – Hoosier woman’s story makes national documentary highlighting appraisal bias: A Hoosier woman is taking a national stand against home appraisal discrimination after a troubling revelation while she was trying to refinance her home. Full story here.

April 19, 2023 – Documentary highlights home appraisal discrimination against Indianapolis woman: An Indianapolis woman who filed a complaint of racial discrimination in the home appraisal process has been featured in a documentary called “Our America: Lowballed.” In the movie, she joined other black homeowners who faced the same issue. Full story here.
April 18, 2023 – FHCCI Releases Two New Fair Housing Videos: It’s Fair Housing Month!!!! At the FHCCI’s 11th Annual Fair Housing Conference last week, the FHCCI premiered two new fair housing videos to spread the message of fair housing, inform the public of the work of the FHCCI, and how violations of law can be addressed. These videos are: Donata’s Neighborhood and Community Voices. Other videos are available on the FHCCI YouTube Page.

April 11, 2023 – Fair Housing Center Announces Fair Housing Month Activities: Each year, April is celebrated across the country as Fair Housing Month to honor the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act in April 1968. Today, marks the 55th anniversary of the signing of the Act into law. In honor, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) has a month of targeted activities in celebration and recognition of fair housing and the passage of this important civil rights law. Read the full release here.

April 1, 2023 – FHCCI Announces “Housing for All” Apparel Line: Today, the FHCCI releases a new way for people to show their support of fair housing by “wearing” that support! A collection of sweatshirts and t-shirts are available by donation. Learn more here.

March 27, 2023 – Lawsuit Alleging Racial Discrimination by Bank of America in Its Maintenance of Foreclosed Homes Allowed to Proceed – Civil Rights Groups Presented Extensive Evidence in Federal Court that the Bank Poorly Maintained Homes in Black and Latino Neighborhoods: A federal court has found that the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and other fair housing organizations have presented sufficient evidence that Bank of America discriminated based on race in its maintenance and marketing of foreclosed-upon properties for the case to go to a jury. On Friday, Judge Stephanie A. Gallagher of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland resoundingly rejected Bank of America’s attempt to have the Fair Housing Act case dismissed. Full release here. Learn more on this case on the FHCCI Advocacy Page.

March 22, 2023 – Settlement of Fair Housing Lawsuit Reached Involving Indianapolis Rent-to-Own Company: Today, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) and Rainbow Realty Group, Inc. (Rainbow) announce a settlement agreement between the FHCCI, its clients, and Rainbow Realty, a real-estate brokerage firm the FHCCI challenged in a federal lawsuit for allegedly running a discriminatory rent-to-own program. For the full release or to learn more:

March 21, 2023 – HUD Awards Over $54 Million to 182 Grantees in 42 States to Fight Housing Discrimination: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $54 million to 182 fair housing organizations across the country under its Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP). The grants will provide $28,200,000 to support the efforts national, state, and local fair housing entities working to address violations of the Fair Housing Act and helping to end discrimination in housing. In addition, HUD provided $26,350,000 in funding to its second and third year Private Enforcement Initiative grantees to continue fair housing enforcement efforts nationwide. A state-by-state breakdown of the awardees is available here. The FHCCI was the recipient of three fair housing grants.

March 1, 2023 – FHCCI Honors Women’s History Month: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) celebrates Women’s History Month and the strides that have been made in gender equality. Due to the leaders of the Women’s Rights Movement, the federal Fair Housing Act was amended in 1974 to ensure equal access to housing regardless of gender. In recent years, the gender definition has been expanded to not only protect women or men from discrimination but also provides protection from housing discrimination due to sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or for being transgender. Full release here.

February 28, 2023 – ‘Windfall profit’: Lawmakers who build homes file bills to help their industry: Indiana Republican lawmakers with careers in building and selling homes are the primary authors on three bills aimed at making it cheaper for people in their profession to build homes, leading to accusations they have conflicts of interest. The lawmakers say the bills would help address the affordable housing shortage. But critics pointed out that none of the bills have any requirements that the homes benefitting from these cost savings be affordable. The bills, in effect, would subsidize the cost of home construction at a time when many builders and developers report that the cost of building a home exceeds the price they can sell it for. Full story here.

February 16, 2023 – Hoosier Housing Needs Conference Holds Press Conference: The FHCCI spoke at a press conference hosted by the Hoosier Housing Needs Coalition about recent actions of the Indiana General Assembly. Read our remarks here. Watch a recording of the press conference here.

February 1, 2023 – FHCCI Celebrates Black History Month: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) proudly recognizes February as Black History Month and celebrates the civil rights leaders who fought for fair housing choice for all, inspiring many of us with their vision of a diverse and integrated society, while receiving opposition every step of the way. Full release here.

January 16, 2023 – ‘I’m tired of this’ | Hoosiers fighting for better tenant laws: In Indiana, there is no law that allows tenants to withhold their rent or make needed repairs and then deduct it from the rent. Full story here.

January 16, 2023 – FHCCI Honors Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) today honors the legacy of one of the fair housing movement’s greatest leaders, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In a speech to the graduating class at Stanford in 1967, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously described two Americas. He said, “… there are literally two Americas. One America… is the habitat of millions of people who have food and material necessities for their bodies; and culture and education for their minds; and freedom and human dignity for their spirits. In this America, millions of people experience every day the opportunity of having life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in all of their dimensions… But tragically, and unfortunately, there is another America… In this America, millions of people find themselves living in rat-infested, vermin-filled slums. In this America, people are poor by the millions. They find themselves perishing on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.” Full release here.

January 3, 2023 – First Merchants emerges from fair-lending settlement agreement: Muncie-based First Merchants Bank and the U.S. Department of Justice have agreed to end a settlement agreement that had been put in place in 2019 after the bank was accused of discriminatory lending practices in certain Indianapolis neighborhoods. Full story here.

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