Items Tagged with 'Fair Housing Act'

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  • Senate to consider expanding fair housing protections for LGBTQ people

    Bill would add gender identity and sexual orientation to protected classes
    A study released last month showed that same-sex couples are more likely to be denied a mortgage and pay more for one (should they be approved) than heterosexual couples. Now, a new bill in Congress is seeking to address those disparities by adding more fair housing protections for LGBTQ people.
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  • Study: Same-sex couples much more likely to be denied a mortgage

    And when they do get one, they often pay more
    Mortgage lenders may be discriminating against borrowers based on sexual orientation. This is according to a study from Iowa State University, which analyzed 30 million mortgages originated from 1990 to 2015 and found that same-sex couples are 73% more likely to be denied a loan than male-female couples, and that they typically pay more.
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  • Ben Carson bashes "imaginary belief" that HUD aims to dismantle fair housing protections

    Responds to WaPo editorial calling HUD's Facebook charges "curious"
    Ben Carson said his critics have it all wrong – he is not trying to unravel the fair housing rules put into play by the Obama administration, he is trying to uphold them. This is the gist of a heated response that the HUD secretary wrote to an op-ed penned recently by The Washington Post's editorial board, which suggested HUD's recent action against Facebook is fueled by an ulterior motive.
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  • HUD charges Facebook with housing discrimination over targeted ads

    Alleges social media giant enabled advertisers to discriminate based on protected traits
    The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Thursday that it has charged Facebook with violating the Fair Housing Act by enabling advertisers to choose who could view their ads on the social media site. According to HUD, Facebook enabled real estate companies to unlawfully discriminate against users by choosing who could view their ads based on race, nationality, religion, color, familial status, sex and disability, using machine learning to unfairly classify users.
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  • Facebook making massive changes to ad platform after being accused of enabling housing discrimination

    Fair housing groups spur changes to housing, employment, lending ads
    Facebook is making significant changes to its advertising platform after the social media monolith was accused of enabling discrimination in housing, employment, and lending. The changes come after years of scrutiny into Facebook's ad practices, which appeared to allow advertisers to purposefully exclude certain people from seeing housing, employment, or lending ads.
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  • Citibank to pay $25 million for violating the Fair Housing Act

    OCC fines bank $25 million as Citi shells out $24 million in reparation to customers
    Citibank will pay a fine of $25 million for violating the Fair Housing Act, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced Tuesday. According to the OCC, an investigation showed that Citibank did not equally offer certain mortgage discounts to all Citi customers, thereby "adversely" affecting some customers based on their "race, color, national origin, or sex."
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  • MAA must pay $8.7 million to fix Post apartments that are not accessible to persons with disabilities

    DOJ sued Post Properties in 2010 over 50 apartment complexes
    The Department of Justice announced last week that it reached an $11.3 million settlement with MAA, which owns more than 101,000 apartment units in 17 states, over properties MAA acquired when it merged with Post Properties in 2016. According to the DOJ, Post allegedly built 50 apartment complexes across the country that were not properly accessible to persons with disabilities.
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  • HUD accuses Wisconsin, Ohio landlords of rental discrimination

    Charged with discriminating against resident with disabilities, family with children
    HUD accused several landlords of discriminating against people with disabilities and families with children, both of which are violations of the Fair Housing Act. The first of the allegations is against the owners of a three-bedroom duplex in Wisconsin for allegedly refusing to rent to a family because they have children. In a separate case, HUD charged Ohio landlords with discrimination for refusing the request of a resident with disabilities to have a designated parking space.
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