Advocacy Program

The Advocacy Program of the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana works to assist persons who feel they may be victims of housing discrimination, in an advocacy basis, in understanding their rights and options under fair housing laws. We also conduct fair housing investigations, both client-based and systemic, to determine if unlawful discrimination may be occurring. We file enforcement actions as necessary to address uncovered housing discrimination. 

Below is case information released to the public. At the bottom of this page is a list of released investigative reports.

Advocacy News – Cases (alphabetical order) Note: Only includes cases in which press was issued.

FHCCI, et al v. AMP Residential: Complaint filed with HUD in July 2016 alleging discrimination due to familial status. Settlement reached in January 2017. Closed.

  • 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:   Press Release     HUD Complaint-Part 1     HUD Complaint-Part 2
  • 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.

FHCCI, et al v. Anderson Housing Authority: Complaint filed in federal court in April 2016 alleging discrimination due to race, gender, disability and maintenance of property. Resolved September 2017. Closed.

  • April 11, 2016 – 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:  Press Release     Federal Court Complaint
  • September 14, 2017 – Justice Department Obtains $70,000 Settlement of Fair Housing Lawsuit against Indiana Housing Authority: The Justice Department announced today that it has reached a settlement with the Housing Authority of the City of Anderson, Indiana, which owns and operates 143 public housing units in the city, to resolve allegations that the Housing Authority had discriminated against residents of these units on the basis of sex and disability. Under the settlement agreement, the Housing Authority will pay $70,000 to compensate the seven victims of discrimination identified by the Justice Department. As part of the agreement, the Housing Authority of the City of Anderson will implement nondiscrimination policies and procedures, provide fair housing training for its employees, refrain from engaging in any prohibited conduct in the future, and make periodic reports to the department confirming compliance. Read more 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

FHCCI, et al v. Bank of America: Complaint filed with HUD in October 2012 and in federal court in June 2018 alleging discrimination in the maintenance of foreclosed properties in neighborhoods of color vs. white neighborhoods. Pending.

  • 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 10-23-2012, Exhibit A and Exhibit B
  • 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. For more information:     Press Release     National Webinar     City Breakouts Presentation     Information on the National Fair Housing Alliance website
  • 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   

FHCCI, et al v. Brookfield Farms Homeowners Association: Complaint filed in federal court in July 2014 alleging discrimination against persons with disabilities. This case challenges a restrictive covenant binding all homeowners in a subdivision that restricted housing to single families that deterred a group home for three unrelated adults from opening in the subdivision. Settlement reached in May 2016. Closed.

FHCCI, et al v. Buckingham: Complaint filed in federal court in December 2012 alleging discrimination against persons with disabilities in the design and construction of multi-family properties. Settlement reached in December 2014. Closed.

  • 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.    press release     filed complaint
  • 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). Press Release

FHCCI, et al v. Capitol Station/United Church Homes: Complaint filed in federal court in February 2016 alleging discrimination due to disability. Resolved in February 2017. Closed.

  • 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:     Press Release     Federal Court Complaint
  • December 1, 2016 – Denial of Motion to Dismiss    Indiana Lawyer

FHCCI, et al v. Casas Baratas Aqui/Marshall Welton, et al: Complaint filed in federal court in April 2018 alleging discrimination due to race, color, and national origin under the federal Fair Housing Act, as well as violations under the federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Truth in Lending Act, and Indiana state laws. Pending.

  • 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.
  • 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

FHCCI, et al v. Deutsche, Ocwen Financial, and Altisource: Complaint filed with HUD in July 2017 and in federal court February 2018 alleging discrimination in the marketing and maintenance of foreclosed properties in neighborhoods of color vs. white neighborhoods. Pending.

  • 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:      Press Release      Indianapolis Evidence      National Fair Housing Alliance Photos      Filed Complaint
  • 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 hereReview the federal complaint hereIndianapolis Specific Data is here.

FHCCI, et al v. Fannie Mae: Complaint filed with HUD in May 2015 alleging discrimination in the marketing and maintenance of foreclosed properties in neighborhoods of color vs. white neighborhoods. Pending.

  • 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. FHCCI Press Release     FHCCI PowerPoint     NFHA Press Release     NFHA News Conference PowerPoint     Filed HUD Complaint Documents: Part 1, Part 2, Exhibit A, Exhibit B
  • 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:     FHCCI Press Release     FHCCI Indianapolis Specific Information     Federal Complaint     Fannie Mae Checklist     National Fair Housing Alliance Information including national webinar slides and city breakouts
  • 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

FHCCI, et al v. Grandville Cooperative/Kirkpatrick Management: Complaint filed in federal court in February 2016 alleging discrimination due to disability and familial status. Resolved August 2017. Closed.

  • 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:      Press Release     Federal Court Complaint
  • May 11, 2016: Second Amended Complaint filed adding in familial status discrimination claims.
  • 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.

FHCCI v. Hamilton County and City of Noblesville: Complaints filed with HUD in June 2017 alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act and/or Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Pending.

  • 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:      Press Release     Hamilton County Complaint      City of Noblesville Complaint

FHCCI, et al. v.  Management Resources Development, Inc. (MRD): Complaint filed with HUD in February 2018 alleging discrimination due to familial status. Pending.

  • March 29, 2018 – 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.

FHCCI, et al v. Marquette Management & Marquette Companies: Complaint filed with HUD in January 2018 alleging discrimination due to familial status. Pending.

  • 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.

FHCCI, et al v. Pinnacle Properties Development Group: Complaint filed in federal court in November 2016 alleging discrimination due to familial status. Resolved September 2017. Closed.

  • 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:     Press Release     Federal Court Complaint
  • 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.

FHCCI, et al v. Rainbow Realty Group, Empire Holding Corp., and James R. Hotka: Complaint filed in federal court in May 2017 alleging discrimination due to race, color, and national origin under the federal Fair Housing Act, as well as violations under the federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Truth in Lending Act, Indiana Home Loan Practices Act, and Indiana landlord-tenant laws. Pending.

  • 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 at:    FHCCI Press Release      Federal Court Complaint     FHCCI Lending Resources (scroll to Rent-To-Own section)
  • 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.
  • March 13, 2018 – Second Amended Complaint

FHCCI, et al v. Safeguard: Complaint filed with HUD in May 2014 alleging discrimination in the maintenance of foreclosed properties in neighborhoods of color vs. white neighborhoods. Pending.

  • 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:   Press Release     Press Conference Webinar Presentation     Filed Fair Housing Complaint

FHCCI, et al v. Shiloh Estates: Complaint filed in federal court in May 2015 alleging housing discrimination due to race, color, national origin, disability, and familial status. Resolved August 2017. Closed.

  • 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. For more information: FHCCI Press Release      Filed Federal Complaint
  • July 26, 2017 – Motion to Dismiss Ruling
  • 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.

FHCCI, et al v. Smitley Family Trust: Complaint filed in federal court in April 2016 alleging discrimination due to disability and familial status. Pending.

  • ICRC Charge 1 and Charge 2
  • April 19, 2016 – Filed Federal Complaint
  • 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

FHCCI, et al v. TGM Associates: Complaint filed with HUD in November 2014 alleging discrimination against families with children through restrictive occupancy standards. Settlement reached in September 2015. Closed.

  • 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:  Press Release     HUD Complaint-Part 1    HUD Complaint-Part 2
  • 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:    Press Release    Settlement Document

FHCCI, et al v. U.S. Bank: Complaint filed with HUD in October 2013 alleging discrimination in the marketing and maintenance of foreclosed properties in neighborhoods of color vs. white neighborhoods. Closed.

  • 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:     Press Release     Press Conference Webinar     Filed Complaint

FHCCI, et al v. Wells Fargo: Complaint filed with HUD alleging discrimination in the maintenance of foreclosed properties in neighborhoods of color vs. white neighborhoods. Settlement reached in June 2013. Closed.

  • 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:     FHCCI Press Release     HUD Press Release     NFHA Press Release     Grant Program Info
  • 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.

Advocacy News – Reports

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

 

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