DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton joined a national complaint filed Tuesday that accuses Fannie Mae of racial discrimination.
The Miami Valley Fair Housing Center joined the National Fair Housing Alliance in the complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The group claims that the Federal National Mortgage Association, or Fannie Mae, does not fairly market foreclosed properties in African-American and Latino as it does in predominantly white neighborhoods.
They say the practice violates the federal Fair Housing Act.
“Fannie Mae was put on notice in 2009 about its failure to appropriately maintain and market its foreclosures in neighborhoods of color,” said Jim McCarthy, MVFHC’s President/CEO. “The foreclosure crisis hit these middle and working class communities the hardest, and what we’re now seeing is an illegal pattern of neglect that creates health and safety hazards for neighbors, lowers property values, and contributes to blight in the community.”
The complaint says it found that many of the 71 properties it examined in urban neighborhoods had broken windows, overgrown lawns, accumulated trash and downed gutters littering the yards. Some properties had missing ‘for sale’ signs.
The lawsuit seeks damages from Fannie Mae and wants it improve its management of in African American and Latino neighborhoods.