FHCCI News and Updates – 2012

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.

April 11, 2012 – Center a fair housing advocate for Hoosiers: The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana is Indiana’s first private, nonprofit agency that serves as an advocate for people facing housing discrimination. The center, based in Indianapolis, was founded in late 2011 and went to full staff in January. “Indianapolis was the last major Midwest city to get a fair housing organization,” Executive Director Amy Nelson said Tuesday during the 11th Annual Terre Haute Human Rights Day at Hulman Memorial Student Union on the campus of Indiana State University. Read more here.

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