Our ABC News press teams investigated housing inequalities across the country and found that some of the biggest gaps were in New York City.
It is an old problem that comes in new forms.
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We’ve seen it arrive on the streets of Harlem and along the waterfront from Brooklyn to Williamsburg, but now new neighborhoods in the boroughs are gentrifying.
The wealthier people move in and, in fact, drive out some long-time residents.
“We talk every day about hard-working New Yorkers,” said Rob Solano of Churches United for Fair Housing.
It’s his job to help families find affordable housing in Brooklyn, which he says is getting harder and harder.
“It is an incredible injustice happening to our communities of color,” he said. “It should be fixed now.”
7 By Your Side An investigation has revealed that one of the most recent neighborhoods to undergo revitalization is Ocean Hill in Bedford-Stuyvesant. A metro station connects it to other parts of the city, and new high-end residential developments sit alongside older buildings.
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Even with the pandemic, rent prices in the neighborhood have risen by more than 12% over the past six years, prompting even more people to want to own.
7 On Your Side has found that more minority residents are denied mortgages in the area than anywhere else in the entire New York area.
For example, black applicants had a 100% rejection rate for mortgages over a two-year period from 2018 to 2019.
“As their neighborhood changes before their eyes, they don’t get any loans,” Solano said. “And the whites get more loans.”
He says many big banks deny people loans, which he calls modern day redlining.
“On paper, they have the same resources, the same application as someone else,” he said. “The only difference is that one is white and the other is black.”
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They find help, however, in small community credit unions.
At the Transfiguration Parish Federal Credit Union in Brooklyn, they made loans to the same people who were turned down by the big banks.
The credit union’s approval system is not automated and it is not held accountable by the shareholders but by a volunteer board of directors who live in the community.
“If I see an opportunity for members to get a loan, we give it to them,” said Eladio Lamboy of the Transfiguration Parish Federal Credit Union. “We give it to them.”
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