Mar 30, 2010

News Roundup: March 8-14

LGBT Developments
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force calls on federal lawmakers to amend the FHA.

Congressman Joe Sestak announced the submission of his Housing Non-Discrimination Act to amend the FHA so that it includes a prohibition on discrimination of LGBT persons.

Subsidiaries of American International Group have agreed to settle over allegations of charging higher broker fees for subprime loans to African American borrowers for a total of $7.1 million. This marks the first case in which a lender has been charged for such fee discrimination.

The Miami Valley Fair Housing Center filed a discrimination suit against The Connor Group for posting a Craigslist advertisement that read: "a great bachelor pad for any single man looking to hook up." It is being alleged that the advertisement discriminates against women by showing a preference for single males.

A federal judge has given the city of Baltimore more time to narrow its allegations against Wells Fargo for targeting black neighborhoods for bad loans which have resulted in foreclosures costing the city tens of millions of dollars. See here for analysis of the original dismissal.

"The Green Book" 2010 supplement, the Bible outlining the laws and rights of tenants and applicants of HUD assisted housing, is now available.

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