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OCT 09, 2014 HUD ANNOUNCE $5 MILLION WELLS FARGO SETTLEMENT AFTER COMPLAINTS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN ON MATERNITY LEAVE OR PREGNANT

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced that it has reached a $5 million settlement with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, the nation’s largest provider of home mortgage loans, resolving allegations that the lender discriminated against women who were pregnant, or had recently given birth, and were on maternity leave. Under its authority to enforce the Fair Housing Act, HUD has conducted an intensive campaign to end maternity leave-related lending discrimination. Since 2010, 190 maternity leave discrimination complaints have been filed with HUD, resulting in more than 40 settlements for a total of nearly $1.5 million, prior to today’s settlement.

OCT 03, 2014 HUD REACHES SETTLEMENT WITH MIDLAND STATES BANCORP RESOLVING ALLEGATIONS OF REDLINING BY THE BANK

HUD announced today that it has negotiated a Conciliation Agreement with Illinois-based Midland States Bancorp, resolving allegations that the bank avoided doing business in predominantly African American and Hispanic neighborhoods in St. Louis, Missouri and northern Illinois. Under the terms of the agreement, Midland States Bancorp will originate $15 million in mortgage and home repair loans in majority-minority census tracts, The agreement also provides subsidy funds of discounted loans in these areas, and funding for affirmative marketing to African Americans and Hispanics, financial education for individuals and small businesses, support for training and education, and $200,000 for Equal Housing Opportunity Counseling.

 

OCT 02, 2014 HUD AND PHILADELPHIA-AREA BOROUGH SETTLE ALLEGATIONS OF HOUSING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

HUD announced today that is has reached a Conciliation Agreement with Norristown, Pennsylvania, settling allegations that the municipality violated the Fair Housing Act when it enacted ordinances that held landlords responsible for evicting tenants cited for "disorderly behavior," including domestic violence incidents, or risk being fined or losing their rental license. Norristown's City Council subsequently repealed the original law but passed a similar ordinance that same day which called for charging landlords mounting fines for tenants that display disruptive behavior. Under the terms of the agreement Norristown will publish a notice of repeal of its ordinance in the local newspaper; offer fair housing training to city and public safety officials; print and distribute a fair housing rights brochure that specifically encourages all tenants to call the police when they are in need of help; and work with a local domestic violence advocacy group to develop and promote an annual community service day or other activity to raise awareness of domestic violence.

 

Sept 26, 2014 HUD REACHES SETTLEMENT WITH US BANK RESOLVING ALLEGATIONS OF LENDING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST NATIVE AMERICAN COUPLE

 

HUD announced today that it has reached a Voluntary Compliance Agreement (VCA) with the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles (CRA-LA) resolving allegations that housing funded by the agency was inaccessible to persons with disabilities. Under the agreement, CRA-LA will spend approximately $2.8 million to retrofit 140 units as well as common areas in 22 properties to make them fully accessible. CRA-LA will spend approximately $2.8 million to retrofit inaccessible units at 22 properties. Specifically, the funds will supplement corrective actions that will be conducted by the owners of the properties to create at least 100 fully-accessible units and 40 units that are accessible for persons with sensory disabilities.

 

Sept 15, 2014 HUD REACHES SETTLEMENT WITH US BANK RESOLVING ALLEGATIONS OF LENDING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST NATIVE AMERICAN COUPLE

 

HUD announced today that it has reached an agreement with U.S. Bank National Association, U.S. Bank subsidiary Red Sky Risk Services, LLC (formerly known as USB Lending Support Services, LLC), and one of U.S. Bank’s loan officers, resolving allegations that they refused to refinance the mortgage of a Native American couple in Belcourt, North Dakota, because their property is located on a reservation. Under the terms of the agreement, U.S. Bank agreed to pay the couple’s U.S. Bank credit card balance in the amount of $11,489.56, and to approve their application for a home mortgage refinance loan at the same interest rate and under other terms and conditions for which they originally applied. U.S. Bank and Red Sky Risk Services also agreed to amend their policies regarding home mortgage loans on land located within the boundaries of a Native American reservation to be consistent with the Fair Housing Act.

 

Sept 12, 2014 FIRSTBANK MORTGAGE PARTNERS TO PAY $ 35,000 TO RESOLVE ALLEGATIONS IT DENIED HOME LOAN TO APPLICANT ON MATERNITY LEAVE

 

HUD announced today that Jackson, TN-based mortgage lender FirstBank Mortgage Partners will pay $35,000 to settle allegations that it violated the Fair Housing Act when it denied a mortgage loan to a couple because one applicant was on maternity leave. Under the terms of the agreement, FirstBank Mortgage Partners will pay $35,000 to the couple that filed the complaint. The company will also adopt a national paternal leave policy and receive annual fair housing and fair lending training.

 

Aug 20, 2014 HUD CHARGES KENT STATE UNIVERSITY WITH HOUSING DISCRIMINATION FOR REFUSING TO ALLOW SUPPORT ANIMAL IN CAMPUS HOUSING

 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced that it has charged Kent State University, in Kent, OH, and four of its employees with housing discrimination for refusing to allow a student with disabilities to keep an emotional support animal in her campus apartment. The student alleged that the university offered her academic accommodations, which she did not need, but denied her request to keep her support animal. As a result of the denial, the student and her husband were forced to move to an apartment the university did not own.

 

Aug 13, 2014 HUD AND NEW JERSEY MORTGAGE COMPANY SETTLE COMPLAINT ALLEGING LENDING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST APPLICANTS COLLECTING DISABILITY INCOME WASHINGTON

 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that Freedom Mortgage Corporation, a national residential mortgage lender based in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, will pay $104,000 to settle allegations that it discriminated against loan applicants with disabilities by requiring them to provide medical or other documentation regarding their disability. Under the terms of the agreement, Freedom will establish a three-tiered system of relief for 69 aggrieved applicants. Under the tiered system, they will each receive $1,000, $2,000, or $5,000 in damages. In addition, Freedom will amend its underwriting guidelines to abolish disability-related income verification requirements for applicants who receive disability income, and require employees to attend training on the Fair Housing Act.

 

Aug 12, 2014 HUD AND HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF MILWAUKEE REACH AGREEMENT TO IMPROVE JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS WASHINGTON

 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced that it has reached a Voluntary Compliance Agreement with the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM), resolving HUD findings the housing authority failed to comply with Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968. HACM agreed to change its hiring and contracting practices to increase hiringof public housing and other low-income residents, as well as contracting with businesses that employ low-income persons.

 

July 23, HUD AND NEW HAMPSHIRE LANDLORDS SETTLE ALLEGATIONS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM

 

WASHINGTON– The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today agreements with the owners and managers of two Berlin, New Hampshire properties, settling allegations that they engaged in housing discrimination when they refused to rent to a woman who was a victim of domestic violence.

 

July 2, 2014 HUD ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT BETWEEN FAIR HOUSING CENTER AND HARTFORD COUNTY REAL ESTATE COMPANY OVER DISCRIMINATORY ADS

 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced a Conciliation Agreement between the Connecticut Fair Housing Center and respondents Lil-1 Associates, AllPoints Realty and realtor Lillian Polak. The real estate companies will pay more than $24,000 to settle allegations that they published discriminatory listings and advertisements for condominiums specifying that children were not permitted. AllPoints also agreed to ensure that its employees attend fair housing training, and to hold itself out as an equal opportunity housing provider in future advertisements.

 

June 24, 1014 HUD, PHILADELPHIA-AREA REAL ESTATE COMPANY REACH AGREEMENT RESOLVING RACIAL STEERING ALLEGATIONS

 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that Brotman Enterprise, LLC, a Philadelphia-area real estate company, will pay $25,000 as part of a Conciliation Agreement resolving allegations that its agents discriminated against African-American prospective renters. The Brotman employees allegedly steered white testers posing as rental applicants to neighborhoods they described as safer, while directing black testers to areas agents considered “rough.” Under the terms of the Conciliation Agreement, Brotman Enterprises, LLC, will pay the National Fair Housing Alliance $25,000 in damages, get fair housing training for all of its leasing agents and managers, and establish a non-discrimination rental policy.

 

June 10, 2014 HUD AND ENGLEWOOD HOUSING AUTHORITY SETTLEMENT CREATES HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR NON-ELDERLY PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2014/HUDNo_14-066

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it has entered into a Voluntary Compliance Agreement with the Englewood Housing Authority (EHA) in Englewood, CO, settling allegations that EHA violated the Fair Housing Act when it implemented a point system at Orchard Place Apartments that effectively denied housing to applicants with disabilities unless they were elderly. Under the terms of the agreement, the Englewood Housing Authority will eliminate the preference point system and reorder its waiting list to place applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, the housing authority agreed to undertake outreach activities to underserved populations, comply with additional oversight from HUD, and provide fair housing training for its employees.

 

June 10, 2014 HUD AND CONNECTICUT CITY AND HOUSING AUTHORITY REACH AGREEMENT SETTLING CLAIMS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST AFRICAN AMERICANS, HISPANICS, AND FAMILIES

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2014/HUDNo_14-067

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it has reached agreements with the city of Ansonia, CT, and the Ansonia Housing Authority (AHA) in New Haven County, settling allegations that the city and the housing authority discriminated against African Americans, Hispanics, and families with children when they demolished and later refused to rebuild units at Riverside Apartments it had previously agreed to. Riverside Apartments is a former HUD subsidized, low-income public housing complex. Under the terms of agreement one and agreement two, the housing authority will complete construction of the first replacement unit within three years. The city will make an official statement of support for the redevelopment of the property and appoint a building committee to oversee the redevelopment effort. City and housing authority staff and board members will also receive fair housing training.

 

June 9, 2014 HUD REACHES FAIR HOUSING SETTLEMENT WITH SEATTLE APARTMENT COMPLEX

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2014/HUDNo_14-068

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it has reached an agreement with the owner, builder, architect and manager of a Seattle apartment complex, resolving allegations that they discriminated against persons with disabilities by failing to design and construct the 56-unit complex in a way that meets the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act. Under the terms of the agreement, the owner, builder and architectural firm will make modifications to the project's public and common use areas and a unit to enhance accessibility. In addition, the owner, builder, and architectural firm agreed to retain the services of an accessibility consultant to conduct onsite inspections of interiors of covered units in all their other recently constructed projects and to make all recommended accessibility retrofits.

 

May 20, 2014 HUD ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT BETWEEN ADVOCACY GROUPS AND NATIONAL REAL ESTATE COMPANY ENSURING DEAF PERSONS HAVE EQUAL ACCESS TO HOUSING

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2014/HUDNo_14-051

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it has negotiated an agreement between the National Fair Housing Alliance, the Austin Tenants’ Council, the National Association of the Deaf,and Bell Partners, a Greensboro, NC-based apartment owner and operator that controls more than 64,000 homes in 15 states, settling allegations that the company’s properties in Texas and Georgia denied housing to deaf persons. Under the terms of the agreements, Bell Partners will pay $175,000 to the National Fair Housing Alliance, including $25,000 in attorneys’ fees. Bell Partners will provide fair housing training to both newly-hired and current employees. The training will cover the use of assistive technology for the deaf and hard of hearing, including telecommunications relay services. Additionally, Bell Partners will adopt a written policy addressing equal access to housing opportunities for applicants with disabilities.

 

May 6, 2014 HUD ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT WITH DENVER-AREA LANDLORD TO RESOLVE DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2014/HUDNo_14-041

WASHINGTON-The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today an agreement with the owners and managers of a Denver-area apartment complex to resolve allegations they discriminated against families when they refused to allow children to play outside. Under the terms of the Conciliation agreement, the owner and management company of The Orchards at Cherry Creek Apartments in Centennial agree to construct a $10,000 accessible playground on the property and require employees to attend fair housing training.

 

April 24, 2014 AURORA, ILLINOIS HOUSING AUTHORITY AGREES TO DEVELOP 100 UNITS FOR DISPLACED AFRICAN AMERICANS, FAMILIES AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2014/HUDNo.14-038

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that it has reached a Voluntary Compliance Agreement with the Aurora, Illinois, Housing Authority (AHA), settling allegations that AHA's rebuilding plan for a demolished public housing complex would have illegally denied housing to persons with disabilities, displaced families with children, and people on AHA's waiting list, the majority of whom are African American. Under the agreement, AHA will develop 100 units of affordable family housing on the site of the demolished complex and in other locations.

 

April 15, 2014 HUD AND CITY OF DUBUQUE, IOWA SETTLE ALLEGATIONS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST AFRICAN AMERICA

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2014/HUDNo.14-034

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today an agreement with the city of Dubuque, Iowa, settling allegations that the City discriminated against African Americans in the administration of its Housing Choice Voucher Program. The agreement is the result of a review HUD conducted in June 2011, which found that Dubuque imposed policies that discriminated against housing choice voucher applicants based on their race. Specifically, the review found that, in response to racial tensions and concerns about crime, the City established a residency preference point system that effectively imposed a residency requirement, putting those from predominantly African American areas at a disadvantage. Under the terms of the agreement, Dubuque eliminated its residency preference system, and will submit any future changes to its Housing Choice Voucher distribution to HUD for review and approval. In addition, the City agreed to undertake outreach activities to underserved populations, meet increased and expanded reporting requirements, comply with additional oversight from HUD, and obtain fair housing training for core city employees.

 

April 11, 2014 HUD, NEBRASKA REACH AGREEMENT ON LANGUAGE ACCESS TO HOUSING PROGRAMS

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2014/HUDNo.14-033

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it has reached an agreement with the state of Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED), settling HUD's findings that the state agency failed to sufficiently ensure that persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) have meaningful access to HUD-funded programs.

 

April 1, 2014 HUD CELEBRATES FAIR HOUSING MONTH

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2014/HUDNo.14-028

Each April, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) uses Fair Housing Month to mark the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act, the landmark law passed shortly after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. which prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and family status. This year's Fair Housing Month theme is"Fair Housing is Your Right: Use It!" Throughout the month, HUD will cast a spotlight on the persistent problem that exists in this country, as individuals and families continue to face both blatant and subtle forms of housing discrimination.

 

March 19, 2014 HUD AND OWNER, ARCHITECT, AND BUILDER OF MISSOURI CONDOMINIUM SETTLE CLAIM ALLEGING COMPLEX DESIGN DISCRIMINATED AGAINST PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2014/HUDNo.14-021

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that the architect of Valle Creek Condominiums in Pevely, Missouri will pay $35,000 under an Initial Decision and Consent Order resolving allegations that he and others failed to design and construct dwelling units and common areas at the complex so as to make them accessible to persons with disabilities. Under the terms of the Consent Order, Nelson will pay $2,800 in damages to EHOC and $32,200 to establish a Valle Creek Condominiums Retrofit Fund, which will be used to bring the property into compliance with the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act. In addition, Builder’s Bloc, a contractor for the property, will perform in-kind work that will correct inaccessible features related to the common areas.

 

Jan 30, 2014 HAMMOND, INDIANA AND HAMMOND HOUSING AUTHORITY SETTLE DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2014/HUDNo.14-008

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that the city of Hammond, Indiana, and the Hammond Housing Authority (HHA) agreed to pay Maria Becerra, the former executive director of HHA $200,000 to settle allegations the city and HHA terminated her employment because she administered a HUD-funded rental assistance program that helped minority families move into predominantly white neighborhoods In addition, HHA agreed to reopen its Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program waiting list and inform the public about the reopening of the list. Under the terms of the Conciliation Agreement and Voluntary Compliance Agreement, relevant city and HHA staff and board members will receive fair housing training; the Mayor of Hammond will issue a public statement in support of HCVs and the HCV program in Hammond; the city and HHA will sponsor a public outreach forum to encourage landlord participation in the HCV program; and HHA will expend at least 97 percent of its annual HCV budget each year.

 

Jan 30, 2014 HAMMOND, INDIANA AND HAMMOND HOUSING AUTHORITY SETTLE DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2014/HUDNo.14-008

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that the city of Hammond, Indiana, and the Hammond Housing Authority (HHA) agreed to pay Maria Becerra, the former executive director of HHA $200,000 to settle allegations the city and HHA terminated her employment because she administered a HUD-funded rental assistance program that helped minority families move into predominantly white neighborhoods In addition, HHA agreed to reopen its Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program waiting list and inform the public about the reopening of the list. Under the terms of the Conciliation Agreement and Voluntary Compliance Agreement, relevant city and HHA staff and board members will receive fair housing training; the Mayor of Hammond will issue a public statement in support of HCVs and the HCV program in Hammond; the city and HHA will sponsor a public outreach forum to encourage landlord participation in the HCV program; and HHA will expend at least 97 percent of its annual HCV budget each year.

 

Jan 8, 2014 MISSOURI APARTMENT OWNER AGREES TO PAY $20,000 TO RESOLVE DISCRIMINATION CHARGE

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2014/HUDNo.14-002

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that the owner and management company of a Kansas City, Missouri apartment complex will pay $20,000 to resolve allegations they illegally refused to grant a tenant with disabilities’ request to have a live-in caretaker. Under the terms of the Initial Decision and Consent Order, the owner and management company will pay the woman $20,000, adopt and implement a reasonable accommodation policy, and provide fair housing training for all employees that interact with tenants.

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