Settled: AUSTIN V. CITIMORTGAGE

FHCMD Cooperating Attorney Steve Tomkowiak reports that his action of behalf of Brandi Austin against CitiMortgage, Inc., involving an attempted racially-motivated foreclosure by the defendant, in violation of numerous mandates and federal statutes by refusing to allow Ms. Austin to obtain a modification of her mortgage in violation of the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). After nearly three years the case settled. The terms of the settlement are non-disclosed. The matter was filed in federal court and assigned to the Honorable Paul Borman.

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The evidence from the housing discrimination complaints filed with FHCMD by home seekers, from the "testing" conducted by the FHCMD, and from the statements provided by many housing providers who support fair housing laws and are willing to step forward to help expose violations of those laws, demonstrates that practices of unlawful housing discrimination continue and the services of FHCMD are needed. Read more