Civil Rights Organizations Accuse Bank of America of Housing Discrimination in 37 Metropolitan Areas
For Immediate Release
June 26, 2018
Contact: Caroline Peattie, Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California
firstname.lastname@example.org - (415) 483-7552
Civil Rights Organizations Accuse Bank of America of Housing Discrimination
in 37 Metropolitan Areas
Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California, National Fair Housing Alliance, 18 other Fair Housing Organizations, and Two Homeowners Allege Bank of America and Safeguard Properties Management Violated the Federal Fair Housing Act
Today, Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California (FHANC), the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), 18 other fair housing organizations, and two homeowners in Maryland filed a federal Fair Housing Act lawsuit against Bank of America, N.A., Bank of America Corp., and Safeguard Properties Management, LLC (“Bank of America/Safeguard”). The lawsuit alleges Defendants intentionally failed to provide routine exterior maintenance and marketing at Bank of America-owned homes in working- and middle-class African-American and Latino neighborhoods in 37 metropolitan areas, while they consistently maintained similar bank-owned homes in comparable white neighborhoods.
Below is an example of a Bank of America property in a neighborhood of color in Vallejo, which demonstrates a number of issues that invite further problems.
The boarded door and window reduce marketability, are unappealing, and make the home dark inside. These boards are also not protecting the windows from breaking since the boards are on the inside of the house.
Bank of America failed to clean up the yard and secure holes, allowing rodents and cats into the home’s crawlspace.
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