Dallas joins cities included in fair-housing complaint against bank

March 11, 2014
Fair-housing advocates have included Dallas among the cities where it says U.S. Bank has failed to maintain real estate and market foreclosed homes that are for sale in minority neighborhoods.
     In a federal discrimination complaint, the National Fair Housing Alliance and the North Texas Fair Housing Center, along with several other groups in various cities, say the bank has neglected its responsibility to maintain yards and houses.
     An investigation of 26 Dallas-area homes where U.S. Bank was listed as the owner of record showed a vast majority of the homes had accumulated leaves and trash, the center said. A quarter of the properties had signs that showed they were for sale. The homes are in Oak Cliff, Pleasant Grove and areas around southern and eastern Dallas County. A few are in Collin County.
     “U.S. Bank has failed Dallas residents by not maintaining REO properties and contributing to neighborhood blight,” said Frances Espinoza, executive director of the North Texas Fair Housing Center. “U.S. Bank should step up and repair the damage it has done to our communities.”