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Active Enforcement Efforts

The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) engages in systemic housing discrimination investigations when we have reason to believe fair housing laws are being violated. We also engage in efforts to resolve and remedy acts of discrimination. Our enforcement efforts are designed to halt violations of the law, provide full and complete compensation to victims of discrimination, and prevent future discriminatory conduct.

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NFHA Files Federal Discrimination Lawsuit to Stop Redfin’s Real Estate Redlining

The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and other fair housing organizations filed a federal lawsuit against Redfin, a national real estate firm based in Seattle, Washington. After a two-year investigation, NFHA determined that Redfin’s minimum home price policy discriminates against sellers and buyers of homes in communities of color in many metropolitan areas. 

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Civil Rights Organizations Accuse Deutsche Bank, Ocwen Financial, and Altisource of Housing Discrimination in 30 Metropolitan Areas

NFHA, along with 19 fair housing organizations, allege that Deutsche Bank AG, Deutsche Bank National Trust, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Ocwen Financial Corporation, and Altisource Portfolio Solutions, Inc. fail to provide required routine maintenance on bank-owned homes in middle- and working-class African American and Latino neighborhoods, while Deutsche/Ocwen/Altisource consistently provide routine maintenance on similar bank-owned homes in white neighborhoods. NFHA and the other fair housing organizations originally filed an administrative complaint against just Deutsche Bank with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on February 26, 2014, followed by an amended administrative complaint with HUD to include Ocwen and Altisource as respondents in the 30 metropolitan areas. In February 1, 2018, NFHA and the other fair housing organizations filed a housing discrimination lawsuit in federal district court in Chicago, IL against Deutsche Bank; Deutsche Bank National Trust; Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas; Ocwen Financial Corp.; and Altisource Portfolio Solutions, Inc. Ocwen and Altisource.

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Mortgage Giant Fannie Mae Accused of Racial Discrimination in 38 U.S. Metro Areas

The NFHA and 20 local fair housing organizations from across the United States filed a housing discrimination lawsuit against Fannie Mae in federal district court in San Francisco, California. The lawsuit alleges that Fannie Mae purposely fails to maintain its foreclosures (also known as real estate owned or “REO” properties) in middle- and working-class African American and Latino neighborhoods to the same level of quality it does for foreclosures it owns in white middle- and working-class neighborhoods. The data supporting the federal lawsuit, which includes substantial photographic evidence, shows a stark pattern of discriminatory conduct by Fannie Mae in the maintenance of its foreclosures.

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Bank of America Accused of Racial Discrimination in 30 U.S. Metropolitan Areas and 201 Cities

The NFHA and nine local fair housing organizations filed an amended discrimination complaint against Bank of America (BoA). The complaint alleges illegal discrimination by BoA in African American and Latino neighborhoods in six additional cities. This new evidence of discriminatory treatment by BoA will be added to the federal Fair Housing Act complaint on file with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Furthermore, NFHA and the nine fair housing organizations added new evidence to their existing claims. The six additional cities are: Columbus, OH; Gary, IN; Minneapolis, MN; Newark, NJ; Tampa, FL; and neighborhoods in suburban Detroit.

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