HUD AWARDS $37 MILLION TO FIGHT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION

HUD AWARDS $37 MILLION TO FIGHT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION

Grants will support more than 150 fair housing organizations nationwide

WASHINGTON – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today it is awarding $37 million to fight housing discrimination under its Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP). These grants will support more than 150 national and local fair housing organizations working to confront violations of the Fair Housing Act (see grantee list below and read individual summaries of the work of these organizations).

These grants will allow the groups to provide Fair Housing enforcement through testing in the rental and sales market, to file Fair Housing complaints to HUD, and to conduct investigations. The education and outreach activities these organizations conduct also help to educate the public, housing providers and local governments about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act.

“Every person deserves a fair chance to live in a neighborhood free from discrimination,” said Secretary Ben Carson. “The funds announced today will allow our fair housing partners on the ground to combat housing discrimination and ensure every person has equal access to housing.”

The categories of grants announced today are:

  • Education and Outreach Initiative grants (EOI) – $7,450,000 is awarded to organizations that educate the public and housing providers about their rights and responsibilities under federal law.  The grants can also support state and local organizations that enforce fair housing laws that are equivalent to the federal Fair Housing Act.
  • Fair Housing Organizations Initiative (FHOI) – $500,000 is awarded to help build the capacity and effectiveness of non-profit fair housing organizations, particularly organizations that focus on the rights and needs of underserved groups, such as rural and immigrant populations.
  • Private Enforcement Initiative grants (PEI) – A total of $30.35 million is awarded to organizations that conduct intake, testing, investigation and litigation of fair housing complaints under the Fair Housing Act.

People who believe they have been denied a reasonable accommodation request may file a complaint by contacting HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777 (voice) or (800) 927-9275 (TTY). Housing discrimination complaints may also be filed by going to www.hud.gov/fairhousing.

 

Fiscal Year 2017 Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) Grants

State Grantee Grant Type Grant Amount
Alaska Alaska Legal Services Corporation EOI 125,000
Alaska Legal Services Corporation PEI 300,000
Alabama Central Alabama Fair Housing Center EOI 124,998
Central Alabama Fair Housing Center PEI 300,000
Fair Housing Center of Northern Alabama PEI 202,816
Mobile Fair Housing Center, Inc. PEI 300,000
Arkansas Legal Aid of Arkansas, Inc. EOI 125,000
Arizona Southwest Fair Housing Council EOI 13,972
Southwest Fair Housing Council PEI 300,000
California Greater Napa Valley Fair Housing Center EOI 125,000
Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. EOI 125,000
Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California EOI 124,999
Orange County Fair Housing Council, Incorporated EOI 125,000
Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc. EOI 125,000
Project Sentinel Inc EOI 125,000
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. EOI 125,000
Inland Mediation Board EOI 125,000
Fair Housing Council of Central California PEI 300,000
Project Sentinel Inc PEI 300,000
Southern California Housing Rights Center PEI 300,000
Bay Area Legal Aid PEI 300,000
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. PEI 300,000
Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc. PEI 300,000
Fair Housing of Marin PEI 300,000
Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. PEI 300,000
Greater Napa Valley Fair Housing Center PEI 300,000
Inland Mediation Board PEI 300,000
Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. PEI 300,000
Orange County Fair Housing Council, Inc. PEI 300,000
Colorado Denver Metro Fair Housing Center EOI 125,000
Denver Metro Fair Housing Center PEI 300,000
Connecticut Connecticut Fair Housing Center, Inc. EOI 125,000
Connecticut Fair Housing Center PEI 300,000
District of Columbia Housing Counseling Services EOI 125,000
National Fair Housing Alliance EOI 999,962
Equal Rights Center EOI 125,000
National Fair Housing Alliance PEI 300,000
National Community Reinvestment Coalition PEI 300,000
Equal Rights Center PEI 300,000
Delaware Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. PEI 300,000
Florida Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc. EOI 125,000
Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc. EOI 125,000
Fair Housing Continuum, Inc. PEI 300,000
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. PEI 299,980
Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc. PEI 300,000
Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc. PEI 300,000
Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc. PEI 300,000
Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches, Inc. PEI 300,000
Georgia JCVision and Associates, Inc. FHOI 250,000
Metro Fair Housing Services, Inc. PEI 300,000
Hawaii Legal Aid Society of Hawaii PEI 300,000
Idaho Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. EOI 97,056
Intermountain Fair Housing Council, Inc. PEI 300,000
Illinois John Marshall Law School EOI 125,000
H.O.P.E. Inc d/b/a HOPE Fair Housing Center EOI 125,000
South Suburban Housing Center EOI 125,000
Oak Park Regional Housing Center EOI 125,000
South Suburban Housing Center PEI 300,000
H.O.P.E. Inc d/b/a HOPE Fair Housing Center PEI 300,000
Open Communities PEI 295,510
Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. PEI 300,000
Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago PEI 300,000
Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. PEI 300,000
John Marshall Law School PEI 300,000
Indiana Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, Inc. EOI 125,000
Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, Inc. PEI 300,000
Kentucky Lexington Fair Housing Council, Inc. PEI 300,000
Louisiana Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, Inc. EOI 125,000
Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, Inc. PEI 300,000
Massachusetts Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston PEI 300,000
Suffolk University PEI 299,989
Community Legal Aid, Inc. PEI 300,000
Massachusetts Fair Housing Center Inc. PEI 300,000
SouthCoast Fair Housing, Inc. EOI 125,000
SouthCoast Fair Housing, Inc. PEI 300,000
Maryland Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. PEI 300,000
Maine Pine Tree Legal Assistance PEI 300,000
Michigan Fair Housing Center of West Michigan EOI 125,000
Legal Services of Eastern Michigan EOI 106,682
Community Action Agency EOI 125,000
Fair Housing Center of West Michigan PEI 300,000
Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan PEI 300,000
Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit PEI 300,000
Legal Services of Eastern Michigan PEI 300,000
Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan PEI 300,000
Minnesota Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance PEI 300,000
Missouri Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council EOI 125,000
Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council PEI 300,000
Mississippi Mississippi Center for Justice EOI 125,000
Mississippi Center for Justice PEI 300,000
Housing Education and Economic Development, Inc. PEI 233,538
Montana Montana Fair Housing, Inc. PEI 300,000
North Carolina Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. EOI 125,000
North Dakota High Plains Fair Housing Center EOI 112,901
High Plains Fair Housing Center PEI 205,000
Nebraska Family Housing Advisory Services, Incorporated PEI 300,000
New Hampshire New Hampshire Legal Assistance PEI 300,000
New Jersey Fair Housing Council of Northern New Jersey EOI 125,000
Citizen Action of New Jersey EOI 125,000
New Jersey Citizen Action Education Fund, Inc. FHOI 250,000
Fair Housing Council of Northern New Jersey PEI 300,000
Nevada Silver State Fair Housing Council EOI 125,000
Silver State Fair Housing Council PEI 300,000
New York Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc. EOI 125,000
Fair Housing Justice, Inc. EOI 125,000
Long Island Housing Services, Inc. EOI 125,000
Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc. PEI 300,000
Fair Housing Justice Center, Inc. PEI 300,000
CNY Fair Housing, Inc. PEI 300,000
Brooklyn Legal Services (formerly South Brooklyn Legal Svcs) PEI 300,000
CNY Fair Housing, Inc. PEI 300,000
Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. PEI 300,000
Long Island Housing Services, Inc. PEI 300,000
Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc. PEI 300,000
Ohio Fair Housing Contact Service, Inc. EOI 125,000
Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Greater Cincinnati, Inc EOI 125,000
Fair Housing Opportunities, Inc. dba Fair Housing Center EOI 125,000
Housing Research & Advocacy Center EOI 125,000
Central Ohio Fair Housing Association, Inc. EOI 125,000
Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc. PEI 300,000
Fair Housing Contact Service, Inc. PEI 300,000
Fair Housing Opportunities of NW Ohio, Inc. PEI 300,000
Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Greater Cincinnati, Inc. PEI 300,000
Housing Research & Advocacy Center PEI 300,000
Central Ohio Fair Housing Association, Inc. PEI 300,000
Oklahoma Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc. PEI 300,000
Metropolitan Fair Housing Council of Oklahoma, Inc. PEI 300,000
Oregon Fair Housing Council of Oregon EOI 125,000
Fair Housing Council of Oregon PEI 300,000
Pennsylvania Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc. EOI 125,000
Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia, Inc. PEI 300,000
Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennsylvania PEI 300,000
Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc. PEI 300,000
Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh PEI 300,000
South Carolina Greenville County Human Relations Commission EOI 119,562
Tennessee West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc. PEI 300,000
Tennessee Fair Housing Council, Inc. PEI 300,000
Texas Money Management International, Inc. EOI 125,000
Disability Rights Texas EOI 124,830
North Texas Fair Housing Center PEI 300,000
San Antonio Fair Housing Council, Inc. PEI 300,000
Austin Tenants’ Council PEI 300,000
Greater Houston Fair Housing Center, Inc. PEI 300,000
Utah Disability Law Center PEI 282,830
Virginia Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. EOI 125,000
Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. PEI 300,000
Vermont Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Inc. EOI 125,000
Vermont Legal Aid, Inc. PEI 300,000
Washington Northwest Fair Housing Alliance EOI 125,000
Fair Housing Center of Washington PEI 300,000
Northwest Fair Housing Alliance PEI 300,000
Wisconsin Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council EOI 125,000
Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council PEI 300,000
West Virginia Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living PEI 300,000
Total: $37,069,625

 

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