HUD AWARDS $38 MILLION TO FIGHT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION

HUD AWARDS $38 MILLION TO FIGHT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 26, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $38.3 million to 95 fair housing organizations and other non-profit agencies in 38 states and the District of Columbia in an effort to reduce housing discrimination (see attached list of grantees).  Read a complete project-by-project summary of the programs awarded grants today.

Funded through HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP), these grants will help enforce the Fair Housing Act through investigation and testing of alleged discriminatory practices.  In addition, the funds will educate housing providers, local governments and potential victims of housing discrimination about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act.

“Ending housing discrimination requires that we support the law of the land and protect the housing rights of individuals and families who would be denied those rights,” stated HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “Ensuring and promoting Fair Housing practices lies at the core of HUD’s mission and these grants enable community groups all over the nation to help families who are denied equal access to housing.”

“Everyone should have access to the neighborhoods and homes for which they financially qualify,” added Bryan Greene, HUD Acting Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.  “These grants make it possible for non-profits to assist people in their communities pursue their fair housing rights and educate housing providers and others about their responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act.”

The categories of grants awarded today are:

  • Private Enforcement Initiative grants (PEI)– HUD awarded $24.7 million to help local non-profit fair housing organizations carry out testing and enforcement activities to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices.
  • Education and Outreach Initiative grants (EOI)– HUD awarded $3.8 million to groups that educate the public and housing providers about their rights and responsibilities under federal, state, and local fair housing laws.
  • Fair Housing Organizations Initiative (FHOI) – HUD awarded $9.8 million 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.

HUD is awarding FHIP grants to the following agencies:

STATE

ORGANIZATION

CITY

AMOUNT

Alabama

Central Alabama Fair Housing Center

Montgomery

         $324,000

Mobile Fair Housing Center, Inc. Mobile

$319,795

Arizona Southwest Fair Housing Council Tucson

$103,871

Southwest Fair Housing Council Tucson

$311,245

California Bay Area Legal Aid Oakland

$325,000

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. San Francisco

$325,000

Fair Housing Council Of Central California Fresno

$259,034

Fair Housing Council Of Riverside County, Inc. Riverside

$284,894

Fair Housing Of Marin San Rafael

$124,999

Fair Housing Of Marin San Rafael

$324,998

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. Bakersfield

$312,708

Greater Napa Fair Housing Center Napa

$309,000

Inland Mediation Board Rancho Cucamonga

$325,000

Inland Mediation Board Rancho Cucamonga

$325,000

Legal Aid Society Of San Diego, Inc. San Diego

$323,490

Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. Los Angeles

$121,000

Orange County Fair Housing Council Santa Ana

$224,680

Southern California Housing Rights Center Los Angeles

$324,980

Connecticut Connecticut Fair Housing Center, Inc. Hartford

$301,781

Connecticut Fair Housing Center, Inc. Hartford

$325,000

District of Columbia Equal Rights Center Washington

$125,000

Equal Rights Center Washington

$325,000

National Fair Housing Alliance Washington

$1,499,995

National Fair Housing Alliance Washington

$324,943

National Fair Housing Alliance Washington

$325,000

Delaware Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. Wilmington

$311,807

Florida Bay Area Legal Services, Inc. Tampa

$292,920

Community Legal Services Of Mid-Florida, Inc. Daytona Beach

$325,000

Community Legal Services Of Mid-Florida, Inc. Daytona Beach

$325,000

Fair Housing Center Of The Greater Palm Beaches, Inc. Lantana

$321,723

Fair Housing Continuum, Inc. Melbourne

$320,667

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. Jacksonville

$124,862

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. Jacksonville

$324,986

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. Jacksonville

$324,902

Legal Aid Society Of Palm Beach County, Inc. West Palm Beach

$325,000

Legal Aid Society Of Palm Beach County, Inc. West Palm Beach

$313,246

Georgia Metro Fair Housing Services, Inc. East Point

$325,000

Hawaii Legal Aid Society Of Hawaii Honolulu

$325,000

Idaho Intermountain Fair Housing Council, Inc. Boise

$324,630

Illinois Access Living Of Metropolitan Chicago Chicago

$325,000

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. Chicago

$325,000

Hope Fair Housing Center West Chicago

$124,991

Hope Fair Housing Center West Chicago

$99,998

Hope Fair Housing Center West Chicago

$324,962

Hope Fair Housing Center West Chicago

$324,020

John Marshall Law School Chicago

$99,865

John Marshall Law School Chicago

$324,966

John Marshall Law School Chicago

$279,951

Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. Rockford

$325,000

South Suburban Housing Center Homewood

$224,400

South Suburban Housing Center Homewood

$324,775

Indiana Fair Housing Center Of Central Indiana, Inc. Indianapolis

$324,709

Kentucky Lexington Fair Housing Council, Inc. Lexington

$296,996

Louisiana Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center New Orleans

$125,000

Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center New Orleans

$325,000

Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center New Orleans

$325,000

Massachusetts Community Legal Aid, Inc. Worcester

$204,800

Community Legal Aid, Inc. Worcester

$320,214

Fair Housing Center Of Greater Boston Boston

$99,999

Fair Housing Center Of Greater Boston Boston

$138,830

Fair Housing Center Of Greater Boston Boston

$325,000

Housing Discrimination Project Inc Holyoke

$325,000

Suffolk University Boston

$100,000

Suffolk University Boston

$175,000

Maryland Baltimore Metropolitan Council, Inc. Baltimore

$125,000

Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. Baltimore

$324,411

Maine Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Inc. Portland

$325,000

Michigan Fair Housing Center Of Metropolitan Detroit Detroit

$299,525

Fair Housing Center Of Southeastern Michigan Ann Arbor

$275,765

Fair Housing Center Of West Michigan Grand Rapids

$325,000

Legal Services Of Eastern Michigan Flint

$266,448

Minnesota Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance Minneapolis

$325,000

Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance Minneapolis

$325,000

Missouri Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing & Opportunity Council St. Louis

$324,996

Mississippi Mississippi Center For Justice Jackson

$125,000

Montana Montana Fair Housing, Inc. Butte

$167,900

North Carolina Legal Aid Of North Carolina, Inc. Raleigh

$325,000

Nebraska Family Housing Advisory Services, Inc. Omaha

$325,000

New Hampshire New Hampshire Legal Assistance Concord

$271,061

New Jersey Citizen Action Of New Jersey Newark

$125,000

Fair Housing Council Of Northern New Jersey Hackensack

$302,486

Nevada Silver State Fair Housing Council Reno

$325,000

New York Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A Brooklyn

$325,000

Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. Dunkirk

$112,233

Fair Housing Council Of Central New York, Inc. Syracuse

$322,025

Fair Housing Justice Center, Inc. New York

$322,078

Fair Housing Justice Center, Inc. New York

$324,999

Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc. Buffalo

$308,167

Legal Assistance Of Western NY, Inc. Rochester

$298,000

Legal Services Nyc Staten Island

$325,000

Legal Services Nyc Staten Island Staten Island

$325,000

Long Island Housing Services Inc. Bohemia

$325,000

Long Island Housing Services, Inc. Bohemia

$325,000

LSNY Bronx Corp. D/B/A Legal Services NYC – Bronx Bronx

$325,000

South Brooklyn Legal Services, Inc. Brooklyn

$325,000

South Brooklyn Legal Services, Inc. Brooklyn

$325,000

Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc. White Plains

$325,000

Ohio Fair Housing Contact Service, Inc. Akron

$118,739

Fair Housing Contact Services, Inc. Akron

$325,000

Fair Housing Opportunities Inc. Dba Fair Housing Center Toledo

$325,000

Fair Housing Opportunities Inc. Dba Fair Housing Center Toledo

$325,000

Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc. Painesville

$325,000

Housing Opportunities Made Equal Of Greater Cincinnati, Inc. Cincinnati

$324,530

Housing Research & Advocacy Center Cleveland

$325,000

Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Inc. Dayton

$325,000

Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Inc. Dayton

$325,000

Oklahoma Metropolitan Fair Housing Council Of Oklahoma, Inc. Oklahoma City

$324,479

Oregon Fair Housing Council Of Oregon Portland

$125,000

Fair Housing Council Of Oregon Portland

$325,000

Pennsylvania Fair Housing Council Of Suburban Philadelphia, Inc. Fort Washington

$124,849

Fair Housing Council Of Suburban Philadelphia, Inc. Fort Washington

$324,877

Fair Housing Partnership Of Greater Pittsburgh Pittsburgh

$325,000

Fair Housing Rights Center In Southeastern Pennsylvania Glenside

$324,000

Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc. Washington

$125,000

Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc. Washington

$325,000

Tennessee Tennessee Fair Housing Council Inc. Nashville

$325,000

Tennessee State University Nashville

$99,939

West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc. Jackson

$975,000

West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc. Jackson

$325,000

Texas Austin Tenants Council Inc Austin

$324,741

Greater Houston Fair Housing Center, Inc. Houston

$325,000

North Texas Fair Housing Center Dallas

$309,890

San Antonio Fair Housing Council, Inc. San Antonio

$325,000

Utah Disability Law Center Salt Lake City

$234,296

Virginia Piedmont Housing Alliance Charlottesville

$66,234

Vermont Vermont Legal Aid, Inc. Burlington

$324,987

Washington Fair Housing Center Of Washington Tacoma

$325,000

Northwest Fair Housing Alliance Spokane

$324,999

Wisconsin Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council Milwaukee

$273,673

Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, Inc. Milwaukee

$322,629

West Virginia Northern West Virginia Center For Independent Living Morgantown

$240,401

TOTAL

$38,326,995

FHEO and its partners in the Fair Housing Assistance Program investigate more than 9,300 housing discrimination complaints annually. People who believe they are the victims of housing discrimination should contact HUD at 1-800-669-9777 (voice), or (800) 927-9275 (TTY).

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need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build
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