Items Tagged with 'Fair Housing Act'

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  • HUD proposes changes to fair housing rules

    Rule changes would make it more difficult to prove housing discrimination
    The Department of Housing and Urban Development on Friday proposed making changes to the nation’s fair housing rules, a move that fair housing advocates claim is part of a Trump administration effort to “gut” federal protections against housing discrimination. The changes to the disparate impact rule will likely make it more difficult to prove unintentional housing discrimination. Click the headline for the full story.
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  • HUD floating proposal that would limit Fair Housing claims

    Rule changes would make it harder to prosecute lenders for housing discrimination
    The Department of Housing and Urban Development is floating a proposal that would make it harder to prosecute lenders for alleged incidents of housing discrimination under the Fair Housing Act. The updated guidelines revise the current loose, three-step threshold for Fair Housing violations and impose a specific, five-step approach that would require regulators to prove intentional discrimination on the lender’s behalf.
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  • OneWest Bank to cough up cash over racial bias allegations during Mnuchin's reign

    HUD approves bank's deal to settle allegations of redlining in Southern California
    OneWest Bank is finally able to put two-year-old allegations of housing discrimination to rest as the Department of Housing and Urban Development approved a settlement Monday that will see the bank hand over a chunk of change to end the ordeal. This settles allegations of Fair Housing Violations that allegedly took place when Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was chairman of the Southern California bank.
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  • Housing discrimination lawsuit against Bank of America gets green light

    Judge denies motion to dismiss
    A federal judge in Maryland denied a motion Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit brought against Bank of America and Safeguard Properties Management by the National Fair Housing Alliance, 19 fair housing organizations and two homeowners for alleged fair housing violations. According to the judge, the facts presented allow for a “reasonable inference that the defendants violated anti-discrimination provisions of the Fair Housing Act.”
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  • New York investigating whether Facebook allows housing discrimination

    Cuomo asks NYDFS to investigate social media giant's ad platform
    Facebook is already facing charges from HUD that it enabled real estate companies to unlawfully discriminate against users by choosing who could view ads based on race, nationality, religion, color, familial status, sex and disability, but that’s not the only trouble the site is facing. The New York Department of Financial Services is now investigating Facebook as well.
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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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