Muncie-based First Merchants Bank and the U.S. Department of Justice have agreed to end a settlement agreement that had been put in place in 2019 after the bank was accused of discriminatory lending practices in certain Indianapolis neighborhoods.
No place like home: Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana uses education, advocacy and enforcement to fight housing discrimination
Ten years ago, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana opened its doors in Indianapolis to help Hoosier tenants and homeowners keep their anchors. The small agency, which covers an area of 24 counties and 2.5 million people, educates, advocates and enforces the laws and regulations that prohibit housing discrimination.Read More
Rent-to-own housing lawsuit settlement comes at a cost
Although the legal battle with rent-to-own housing company Casas Baratas Aqui ended with what the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana calls a “groundbreaking resolution that will have national impact,” the bitterness and damage invoked by the defendants’ counterclaims continues to rankle both sides in the litigation.Read More
Renters in Marion County have seen rent increases, on average, of $200 to $300 per month since the beginning of the pandemic, squeezing tenants while wages have increased at a much slower pace, according to a new study from the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana.
The Indianapolis-based Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana and 11 partner organizations have reached a settlement with a New York-based property owner in a lawsuit over disability-access issues at 50 different senior-living properties, including three in central Indiana.
The Southern Indiana District Court has ordered an Indianapolis homeowner to pay more than $225,000 in damages and attorney fees for allegedly harassing, taunting and threatening her African American and Latino neighbors.
Based on the belief that eliminating discrimination starts with education, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana in partnership with the Indianapolis Public Library has developed an interactive exhibit that details the history of practices and tactics that barred certain groups from homeownership.
The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana on Tuesday joined six other such groups from around the country to file a federal lawsuit against real estate company Clover Group, FHCCI announced.
An Indianapolis homeowner has reached a $262,500 settlement with her homeowners association and a property management company over allegations of harassment and discrimination.
Indianapolis has long struggled to rein in dilapidated housing complexes owned by absentee, typically out-of-state, landlords. It’s slogging through lengthy lawsuits with the owners of multiple troubled properties, and officials say there’s another filing ready to go unless a new owner takes over an infamously rundown complex. A pair of state-level moves in landlord-friendly Indiana also are hampering attempts to protect renters, city officials say.
The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana and 20 other fair housing organizations across the country announced Monday that they have reached a $53 million agreement with Fannie Mae to settle a discrimination suit.
More than 50 years after the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, Marion County, Indiana’s highest populated and most racially diverse county, not only has a lower rate of homeownership than the rest of the state but has been experiencing a decline in homeownership driven by a drop in Blacks and Hispanics buying houses of their own, according to a report by the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana.
A federal court is allowing a lawsuit alleging an Indianapolis homeowners association and its property management company knew of race-based harassment in the Twin Creeks subdivision and failed to take legal action to stop the problematic neighbor from using offensive language and making threats.
Evansville-based Old National Bank has settled allegations of redlining against Black residents in Indianapolis, agreeing to originate more than $27 million in loans to qualified Black applicants and contributing more than $3 million to create programs to help Black homeseekers secure mortgages and to invest in majority-Black neighborhoods.
Old National Bank, headquartered in Evansville, has been accused in a federal lawsuit of redlining in the Indianapolis area by making disproportionally fewer mortgages to Blacks, closing branches in predominately Black neighborhoods, and providing Blacks with less information during the mortgage application process.
Hartford City senior apartments enter consent decree over allegations of Fair Housing Act violations
An apartment complex for older adults in Hartford City has reached a settlement with a former resident and the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana over allegations the facility violated the federal Fair Housing Act by discriminating against individuals with disabilities.
The entities who designed, built, owned and managed 14 apartment complexes across central and northern Indiana have agreed to make improvements to the residential properties and pay more than $500,000 to settle a complaint filed by the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana over alleged violations of federal accessibility requirements.
The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana and Indianapolis resident Carlette Duffy have filed fair housing complaints with the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, alleging Duffy’s home was appraised at a lower value because she is African American.
The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana has filed a complaint in federal court against a Michigan City apartment complex, claiming the “discriminatory practices” of the residential provider deprived a Hoosier family of a place to live.
Nearing the mid-point of the 2021 legislative session, the Indiana Senate overrode Gov. Eric Holcomb’s veto of a bill that housing advocates claimed would put more Hoosier tenants at risk of eviction. Democrats harshly criticized the override as the work of a Republican supermajority “drunk on power.”
Although covenants barring people of certain races, ethnicities and religions from owning property are no longer enforceable, they are still attached to many deeds and mortgages throughout Indiana.
An African American family who claims to have been subjected to race-based harassment, taunts and threats from a neighbor in their Indianapolis subdivision can move forward with their lawsuit after a federal judge denied the homeowners association’s request to toss the case.