On February 29, HUD announced an agreement with a Kansas City-based bank over its alleged redlining practices against African-American mortgage applicants. Two fair housing organizations (Complainants) filed separate complaints with HUD in October 2015 alleging that the bank engaged in discriminatory acts and violated the Fair Housing Act. According to Complainants, the bank’s “lack of market penetration in African-American communities made residential real estate products less available to persons based on race.” Complainants further alleged that the bank “designated their service area, or assessment area, in a way that excluded areas of high African-American concentration, which resulted in making residential real estate products less available to persons based on race” – a practice generally referred to as redlining. The agreement requires that the bank must, during the three-year agreement period: (i) allocate $75,000 in subsidy funds to provide discounts on home purchase loans to majority African-American census tracts in the Kansas City area; and (ii) originate $2.5 million in mortgage loans in African-American neighborhoods.Additional fair lending financing commitments pursuant the agreement require that the bank: (i) establish a loan pool of $105,000 to rehabilitate vacant or destroyed homes; (ii) spend $50,000 on marketing and outreach to African-American communities; (iii) provide $30,000 to support financial education in African-American communities; and (iv) spend $50,000 in support of the Complainants’ fair lending and community reinvestment work. The bank will also be required to appoint a Community Development Lender to focus on African-American neighborhoods and other lower-income communities. Finally, dependent upon the OCC’s approval of the bank’s application for a merger, the bank will be required to maintain three full-service branches in majority-minority census tract in the Kansas City area.