NEWS & NOTICES
FATHER'S DAY AT THE BHA
Come celebrate Father's Day with us June 18 at the Wendell Dodd Community Center from 5:30-7:30. Even if you don't have a father, you are still invited to attend. There will be free hamburgers and drinks for everyone. See you there!
TAKE TIME TO BE A DAD TODAY
National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse - Take Time to be a Dad Today

Working together toward a common goal sounds easy enough. Programs can often agree that we want dads and families to be stable, happy, and successful. Finding the right resources and the right partnerships, however, can be a challenge. For parents, working together with other parents and connecting with local partners and national resources - like those available on the Fatherhoodgov Facebook page, can help give you the support you need and let you support to the parents in your community.
THANKSGIVING AT BHA
Last Wednesday, November 26, the staff of Brownwood Housing Authority prepared and served Thanksgiving dinners to the elderly and shut-in residents of the BHA. The staff began cooking at 8am that morning in the Wendell Dodd Community Center and served lunch to their residents at noon that day. A meal of turkey, dressing, and all the fixings were delivered to BHA residents. The BHA would like to thank each of its staff members for helping with this event and making sure our residents had a Happy Thanksgiving.

To view more photos, click here.
6/30/2014 - IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL RESIDENTS
Even though we have recently had some good rain, we are still under water restrictions. Please do your part to help us conserve water and abide by the City of Brownwood drought plan restrictions. Fines imposed upon the Housing Authority will be passed on to the violators. 

All personal water use is restricted to Mondays and Tuesdays only and the rules are as follows:

a) ODD - Addresses ending in odd numbers:
Monday: Midnight - 9:00am &
7:00pm - Midnight

**No watering between 9:00am and 7:00pm

b) EVEN - Addresses ending in even numbers:
Tuesday: Midnight - 9:00am &
7:00pm - Midnight

**No watering between 9:00am and 7:00pm
FATHERS DAY AT BHA
On June 12, 2014, the BHA hosted Family Day in celebration of Fathers Day. The event was hosted at the Wendell Dodd Community Center and residents were served a BBQ dinner by the BHA staff. A large number of residents turned out for the event with their families for a time of food, fun, and fellowship. Activities included a ring toss, an egg race, and a trivia game for residents to participate in. The BHA Staff would like to thank everyone for the great turnout and to everyone who helped make this event such a success. Happy Fathers Day to all of our BHA residents! 

Click here to see photos of Family Day at BHA

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Shaun Donovan, Secretary

Office of Public Affairs, Washington, DC 20410

HUD No. 13-155                                                                         FOR RELEASE

Shantae Goodloe                                                                                       Monday

(202) 708-0685                                                                          November 4, 2013

http://www.hud.gov/news/index.cfm

 


HUD ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT WITH BANK OF AMERICA RESOLVING ALLEGATIONS OF LENDING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN ON MATERNITY LEAVE

Bank agrees to pay $45,000 to two couples and real estate agent

 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that Bank of America will pay $45,000 as part of Conciliation Agreements resolving allegations the lender discriminated against pregnant women seeking mortgage loans.  HUD had alleged that the Bank of America refused to refinance the mortgages of two couples in California and Texas, because the women were on maternity leave.

 

Refusing to approve a mortgage loan or provide mortgage insurance because a woman is pregnant or on family leave violates the Fair Housing Act’s prohibition against sex and familial status discrimination, which includes individuals who have or are expecting a child.

 

“No lender should use a woman’s pregnancy or maternity leave as a reason to deny a mortgage loan,” said Bryan Greene, HUD Acting Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “We commend Bank of America for working cooperatively with the Department of Housing and Urban Development in reaching appropriate resolutions of these complaints.  Bank of America took affirmative steps to work with government regulators to ensure that its new policies did not conflict with lending guidelines.”

 

The cases that were the basis for this settlement involved two couples. One couple, from San Jose, California, alleged that Bank of America moved back the closing date on their  mortgage refinance because the woman was on maternity leave. The other couple, from Humble, Texas, alleged that Bank of America refused to consider the wife’s employment income and denied their application for a mortgage loan because she was on maternity leave.  The couple further alleged that when their real estate agent told the loan officer that denying the loan because of the woman’s maternity status violated the Fair Housing Act, the loan officer changed his reasons for denying the loan.  The couple ultimately obtained a mortgage from a different lender.

 

Under the terms of the Conciliation Agreements, Bank of America will pay $25,000 to the California couple and $15,000 to the Texas couple. The Bank will also pay $5,000 to the Texas couple’s realtor.  Additionally, Bank of America will revise its policies to allow applicants on parental leave to be approved for mortgage loans without first returning to active work status.  Bank of America will also conduct fair lending training for its employees. Anyone who believes that they have been the victim of this type of discrimination by any lender is encouraged to contact HUD at 1-888-997