Housing advocates want fairness in foreclosure sales

April 11, 2011
Groups that promote fair and equitable housing practices have identified what they called a civil rights challenge in the way that foreclosed homes are prepared for resale.
     The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), and other groups, released a report, “Here Comes the Bank, There Goes Our Neighborhood,” which found the curb appeal of bank owned homes in predominantly African-American and Latino homes to be significantly worse than those in white neighborhoods in three out of four areas studied.
     The report documented a higher prevalence of issues like overgrown shrubbery, mail accumulation, graffiti, and unsecured doors or windows, in foreclosed homes in neighborhoods with predominantly African-American or Latino populations when compared with white neighborhoods.