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 are advocacy and investigative reports released by the FHCCI.
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.
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.
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
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
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.