Press Release for Thursday, September 30, 1999Ms. Floree Lowery of Asheville, NC wanted a home equity loan. She became a victim of predatory lending by United Company Lending. She was charged $3,090 in broker fees, 9.25% ($9527.50) in origination fees, and her loan violated truth in lending laws by hiding the actual annual interest rate. Ms. Lowery will tell her story at a rally at the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank in Charlotte, North Carolina, Friday, October 1 at 3:00.
At a rally on Friday in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina community groups will endorse The Money Store as a place borrowers will be treated fairly when seeking a home equity loan in North Carolina. the first and only lender to receive such an endorsement from those groups most active in the fight against predatory lending.
PRESS RELEASE from CRA*NC - 9/27/99A press release issued by Freddie Mac on September 2, 1999 draws faulty conclusions about the credit ratings of African-Americans.
Contact: Peter Skillern, CRA*NC 919-667-1557 ext 22.
Citing predatory bank practices that circumvent state consumer protection laws, three bank watchdog agencies today announced an initiative to protest banks' abilityto rent their charters to payday lenders. The Community Reinvestment Association Reinvestment Committee (San Francisco, CA) and the Woodstock Institute (Chicago, Ill) all expressed strong support of the North Carolina suit against Ace Cash Express and Goleta National Bank.
The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc.
Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.Disabilities Law ProgramCommunity Service Building100 W. 10th Street, Suite 801Wilmington, DE 19801Phone: (302) 575 - 0660 Fax: (302) 575 - 0840www.declasi.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 7, 2003
Contact: Daniel Atkins, Esq. (302) 575 - 0660 ext. 229Beth Peppers, Esq. (410) 752 - 2744 ext.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT:Leslie Proll , NAACP Legal Defense Educational Fund (202) 682-1300 orFaith Cooper , Central Alabama Fair Housing Center (334) 263-4663
April 9, 2002
In an unprecedented victory, a jury on April 5 awarded a local African American real estate agent $100,000 in compensatory and punitive damages against Lowder Realty in a race discrimination case. The agent, P.R. Hall, charged the company with steering business to real estate agents on the basis of race.
African-Americans participating in a study conducted by the Central Alabama Fair Housing Center beginning in May 1999 were discriminated against fifteen out of rental housing in Selma. The Fair Housing Center sent trained volunteers, or "testers", to several apartment complexes in the city.
City of Bridgeport
Fair Housing Office
Department of Housing
45 Lyon Terrace
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604