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News and Cases

Fannie Mae Fails to Maintain Foreclosures in African American and Latino Neighborhoods in Metropolitan Chicago, IL

View Press Release 12-5-16.
View overview of Fannie Mae owned foreclosures in Metropolitan Chicago.

SOURCE OF INCOME AND RACE INVESTIGATION Report Release - Suburban Cook County

View investigation report of 10-13-15.

Justice Department Obtains $251,500 Settlement in Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Against Effingham, Illinois, Landlord

View press release of 7-15-15.

Fannie Mae's Failure to Maintain and Market Foreclosures in African American and Latino Neighborhoods in Metropolitan Chicago

View Complaint of 5-13-15.

Bloomingdale Denies Persons with Disabilities Right to Live in Village

View press release of 4-15-15.

HOPE v. Aurora Housing Authority case

View HUD Letter of Findings.

University Village Settlement

View UV Settlement Agreement.

Ryan Lawsuit - Civil Rights Groups Sue Developers of Affordable Senior Apartments for Discrimination Against People with Disabilities

View press release of 6-5-14.
View overview of Ryan lawsuit press coverage.

Justice Department Files Fair Housing Lawsuit Against Owner and Managers of Illinois Mobile Home Park for Discriminating Against African-Americans and Families with Children

View press release of 2-4-14.
View the Complaint.

HOPE Fair Housing Center Announces Austin Works 2014 Funding Awards for Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization

View press release of 12-05-13.

Austin Works 2014 Press Release

View press release of 10-18-13.

Austin Works 2014 RFP

View RFP.

HOPE Fair Housing Center Sues Eden Supportive Living Facilities and State of Illinois Over Unfair Disability Policies and Practices

View news release of 10-16-13.

Ground-Breaking Fair Housing Agreement for Marketing and Maintenance of Foreclosed Properties

View press release of 6-6-13.

View Chicago Tribune article of 6-6-13.

Midwest Housing Developer Accused of Housing Discrimination

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.

View press release.

View Peoria Journal Star article.

Fair Housing Organizations Find Bank of America Discriminates in the Midwest

View press release.

View Chicago Tribune article.

View Daily Herald article.

Fair Housing Organizations File Discrimination Complaint Against U.S. Bank

See press release.

New Executive Director

View press release.

View Daily Herald article of 11/15/11.

Local Cases

  • A case has been filed on behalf a disabled client in federal court against the condominium association, management, and owners of a high-rise condominium. The management of a newly constructed luxury high-rise allegedly arranged the sale of handicap parking spaces to persons who were not disabled, and for a higher cost than other spaces, because the handicap parking spaces are wider to allow for wheelchair access. A press release was issued on April 11, 2011, discussing the case in detail. View press release.

Housing discrimination's new main target? The disabled

Thanks to Anne Houghtaling for speaking with the Northwestern Graduate Student Reporter. Here is the story she produced.  View MEDILL report.

Housing Discrimination: You Had Me At "Hello"

See press release.

What's in a Name?
Or, 'Discrimination' by Any Other Name Would Still Be As Painful

View more.

Ground-Breaking Fair Housing Settlement

On August 20, 2009, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Justice and Westchester County, New York announced a $62.5 million ground-breaking fair housing settlement with the Anti-Discrimination Center. In response, Shanna L. Smith, President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance, stated that:

"The settlement announced today by Westchester County, the federal government, and the Anti-Discrimination Center sends a clear message to recipients of federal housing funds everywhere: you must work to reduce barriers to fair housing and help create inclusive, sustainable communities. It is not a suggestion that can be disregarded or ignored. This is in the intent of both the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG) program and the Fair Housing Act.

The National Fair Housing Alliance urges the more than 1000 CDBG recipients to re-examine their Analyses of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice and evaluate what concrete fair housing programs they are engaged in to eliminate rental, sales, and insurance discrimination, to challenge predatory mortgage lending and fraud scams, and to stop housing-related hate activity. Fair housing groups have the deep local knowledge needed to detect discrimination, and CDBG recipients can work with these non-profit fair housing agencies to guarantee our communities are vibrant, healthy, inclusive and available to everyone regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or family status."

HOPE Fair Housing Center's Executive Director, Bernard J. Kleina, stated that local recipients of CDBG funds need to challenge housing discrimination and segregation and to promote neighborhood diversity which in turn, creates new employment, educational opportunities, and healthier, more stable communities for everyone.

Some CDBG recipients such as DuPage County have, for many years, devoted precious resources to fund fair housing enforcement, testing and education and outreach programs. However, other recipients have either done nothing to promote fair housing, or have stood in the way of equality in housing through its programs and practices. We believe that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's emphasis on the responsibility of CDBG recipients to "Affirmatively Further Fair Housing" and the recent court settlement should change that.


Copyright: Bernard J. Kleina