Submitted to HUD.gov
I filed a complaint on housing discrimination on the 23rd of July but never received a response and was later told that the complaint had vanished.
I’m an American citizen living in Switzerland and many banks are refusing to refinance my mortgage in response to pressure being applied against them by the US government. According to US federal law, the US government is forcing housing discrimination upon innocent Americans who live in other countries.
It is my understanding that HUD only helps Americans in the 50 States and US territories while ignoring Americans who live overseas. Yet, since the US government is causing Americans abroad to suffer from housing discrimination, HUD needs to help all American regardless of where they may live in the world.
Eritrea, North Korea and America are the only nations which double-tax the personal income of their citizens regardless of where they live in the world. Yet, unlike Eritrea and North Korea, America is the only nation in the world which pressures banks to harm its citizens with housing discrimination, while turning its back on its citizens and refusing to aid them from the harm of its actions. Since the US government insists that it must double-tax its citizens while pressuring banks to refuse to finance their homes, it certainly cannot be too much to ask for HUD to be prepared to assist Americans abroad who are suffering from housing discrimination resulting from US policy.
Received the following response:
Thank you for your HUD-903 complaint regarding your belief that your civil rights have been violated. Please be assured that the issue you have raised is very important to us. Unfortunately, the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) does not have jurisdiction to handle complaints outside of the United States.
STATUTE – It is the policy of the United States to provide, within constitutional limitations, for fair housing throughout the United States.
Sec. 802. [42 U.S.C. 3602] Definitions
(g) “State” means any of the several States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any of the territories and possessions of the United States.
FHEO administratively enforces federal statutes, executive orders and regulations designed to afford all persons an equal opportunity to live in housing of their choice and to participate in HUD-assisted programs and activities without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, familial status (families with children under 18), disability, or age.