Housing descrimination complaint alleges black neighborhoods treated unfairly
Caroline MacGregor July 10, 2014 | WGVU A National
Fair Housing Allliance (NFHA) investigation of Fannie Mae-owned homes in major
U.S. cities nationwide alleges a striking pattern of discrimination in the
treatment of Real Estate Owned (REO) properties. AMS is a contractor employed by Fannie Mae to
maintain the company's foreclosed homes.
Fannie Mae’s contractors are
accused of treating properties in white communities better than those in
communities of color.
“We were seeing things on the ground here in Grand Rapids and I'm a part of the National for Houaing Alliance Board of Directors across the country.”
Haynes, Executive Director with the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan. She says
in Grand Rapid 29 properties AMS was contracted to maintain, included 10 in
African American neighborhoods, 19 in white neighborhoods.
“In the white neighborhoods we found nine properties of the 19 with no deficiencies, and eight properties with only one deficiency. Deficiencies include substantial trash accumulation, sidewalks not being shoveled in the winter, windows not boarded up or gaps in the walls in the faucets underneath where the roof connects to the house.”
complaint has been filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development and concerns properties in African American and Latino
neighborhoods in Atlanta, Grand Rapids, Mich., and San Diego.
complaint will be processed by HUD and forward a copy to AMS which will have an
opportunity to respond.
Haynes hopes the matter can be resolved in a manner similar to the
Wells Fargo settlement last year that resulted in 1.42 million dollars that was
invested to stabilize Grand Rapids neighborhoods hardest hit by lack of maintenance.
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