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HUD: Dallas affordable-housing practices break civil rights laws
(DALLAS, Dec. 03, 2013)
-- Dallas officials promote discrimination against minorities and the disabled through affordable-housing practices that violate federal civil rights laws, a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development investigation has found.
According to a 29-page letter outlining the initial findings, “the evidence shows that there was a pattern of negative reactions to projects that would provide affordable housing in the northern sector of Dallas and that those decisions were inconsistent with the goals required by HUD program obligations.”
City Council member Scott Griggs, vice chairman of the council housing committee, said the HUD letter confirms the long-standing image of Dallas as a city divided between a northern sector for better-off people who can pay market-rate rents and a southern sector for low-income people who need rent subsidies.
FULL STORY at dallasnews.com
Housing group taps dubious data, HUD ties to demand millions from banks
(WASHINGTON, Dec. 02, 2013)
-- Editor's note: The following article in a banking industry publication contains numerous conclusions based on a faulty understanding of enforcement of the Fair Housing Act. Our inclusion of it here is a public service and is not meant to imply endorsement.
The National Fair Housing Alliance held a pair of teleconferences over the past two months during which its president, Shanna Smith, accused two of the nation's biggest banks of a deplorable corporate crime: racial discrimination.
Bank of America (BAC) and U.S. Bancorp (USB) did a terrible job of maintaining homes they'd foreclosed on in predominately black and Hispanic neighborhoods, Smith declared, even as they were fastidious about upkeep in mostly white areas. The claims were a repeat of those the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit has made during more than a half-dozen other teleconferences over the last year.
FULL STORY at americanbanker.com
Fair housing investigation reveals discrimination
(MARIN, Calif., Nov. 29, 2013)
-- An investigation by a North Bay nonprofit found evidence of alleged mortgage lending discrimination practiced by several lending institutions in Marin, Sonoma and Solano counties.
Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the initial investigation by Fair Housing of Marin showed that several lending institutions offered better loan terms or more favorable treatment to whites in comparison to Hispanic and black people.
The nonprofit also found evidence of discrimination on the basis of gender, familial status and disability status related to women on pregnancy leave.
FULL STORY at ktvu.com