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Charges - 2011
  • HUD, Charles Schwab Bank Reach $30,000 Discrimination Settlement HUD and Charles Schwab Bank reached a $30,000 agreement settling allegations that the bank refused to accept a loan application from the son of a Metairie, Louisiana, woman with disabilities. The son, who was acting with his mother’s power of attorney, tried to apply for a loan on his mother’s behalf, but was told that the bank did not accept powers of attorney for “incapacitated borrowers.”Under the voluntary agreement, Charles Schwab Bank will: pay $25, 000 to the woman, $10,000 of which will go to St. Francis Xavier Church, as a charitable donation on behalf of the borrower; pay $5,000 to her son; permit persons with disabilities, where necessary, to use a power of attorney, at no additional cost; update the mortgage education section of its Web site to include questions and answers regarding powers of attorney; and provide fair lending/fair housing training for its employees.

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  • DOJ Obtains $110,000 Settlement in Seattle-area Housing Discrimination Case Brought by HUD The Justice Department has reached a $110,000 agreement with the owners of a Renton, Washington, apartment complex that settles allegations that the complex discriminated against African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Indian Americans, and families with children. HUD’s investigation, which resulted in a charge of discrimination in April 2010, found that the property’s on-site manager instructed her staff to show minority applicants apartments with less desirable amenities, such as worn carpet and older appliances, steered minority applicants away from the building in which she lived, and banned her assistant manager from speaking Spanish to Hispanic applicants, saying, “We speak English here.

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  • HUD Discrimination Settlement Helps Single Mother Become Homeowner A Philadelphia-area single mother whose lease was terminated after she adopted a 9-year-old boy is now a homeowner, thanks to a $30,000 settlement entered by a HUD Administrative Law Judge in September 2010. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination against families with children, including adopted and foster children, unless the housing is for older persons. HUD charged the case in April 2010, alleging that when the mother Robin Link viewed an apartment owned by Charles and Patricia Trucksess and mentioned that she intended to adopt a child, Ms. Trucksess indicated that they did not rent to families with children. In addition, HUD alleged that after Ms. Link moved into the unit, and later adopted her son, the Trucksesses terminated her lease. As a result, the new family was forced to move to a new town, away from the boy's school, friends and family. In addition to the $30,000 the owners agreed to pay the mother, they paid $10,000 to the Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia, a HUD Fair Housing Initiatives Program agency that had also filed a complaint with HUD.

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  • HUD Issues Guidance on Discrimination Complaints from Domestic Violence Victims HUD has issued guidance making it clear that residents who are denied or evicted from housing as a result of domestic violence may have basis to file a discrimination complaint under the Fair Housing Act. The guidance states that while the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) provides some protections to victims of abuse who experience housing discrimination, the Fair Housing Act provides authority for HUD to investigate whether the denial or eviction violates the Act based on gender or another federally-protected basis.

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  • HUD Proposes Rule Ensuring LGBT Individuals Have Equal Access to HUD Programs HUD has proposed new regulations intended to ensure that its core housing programs are open to all eligible persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Specifically, the guidance prohibits lenders from using sexual orientation or gender identity as a basis to determine a borrower’s eligibility for an FHA-insured mortgage; clarifies that all otherwise eligible families, regardless of marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity, have the opportunity to participate in HUD programs; and prohibits owners and operators of HUD-assisted housing, or HUD-insured housing, from inquiring about the sexual orientation or gender identity of an applicant.

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