Oct. 15--The National Fair Housing Alliance said it amended a fair housing complaint it filed with the federal government over the maintenance and marketing of bank-owned foreclosures by U.S. Bank.
The alliance alleges that the bank is not caring for foreclosures in minority communities as well as it is tending those in primarily white neighborhoods in the Chicago area, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Indianapolis, Memphis and Milwaukee. The original complaint, which included Chicago, was filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in April 2012.
Locally, the complaint involves foreclosed homes in Dolton, Hazel Crest, Matteson, County Club Hills, Waukegan, Evanston, Aurora and on Chicago's south side.
"The vast majority of the properties originally identified by (the alliance) are properties where we are trustee," Tom Joyce, a U.S. Bancorp senior vice president, said in an email, in response to the allegations. "We have no legal ability to service or maintain these properties."
The alliance disagrees. "No one is immune from liability under the fair housing act," said Stephen Dane, an attorney working with the Washington, D.C.-based alliance, a consortium of private, nonprofit fair housing groups.
The alliance has filed similar complaints with HUD against Wells Fargo Bank and Bank of America. In June, the alliance, Wells Fargo and HUD entered into a $42 million agreement regarding the equal maintenance and marketing for sale of bank-owned foreclosures in 19 geographic areas, including the Chicago area.
Because of the federal government's partial shutdown, a spokeswoman for HUD was unavailable for comment Tuesday.
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