a ceremony held August 20, 2003, Assistant Secretary Carolyn Peoples joined Arkansas
Governor Mike Huckabee and FHEO Regional Director Garry Sweeney in celebrating
the addition of the State of Arkansas to the Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP).
ceremony was held in Little Rock at the Arkansas State Capitol. Approximately
50 people attended the ceremony, including Little Rock Mayor Jim Dailey, members
of the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission, the Little Rock Racial and Cultural Diversity
Commission, and representatives from the Arkansas Realtors Association, the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the HUD Little Rock Field
FHAP is a HUD-funded program that provides reimbursement funds to States or localities
who investigate fair housing complaints under State or local laws that provides
rights and remedies substantially equivalent to those provided under the federal
Fair Housing Act. In order to participate in the FHAP, a State or locality must
enact a law that provides rights, procedures, remedies, and judicial review provisions
that are substantially equivalent to the federal Fair Housing Act.
January 2001, Arkansas began to amend its existing fair housing law for the purpose
of obtaining substantial equivalency. Over the following two years, HUD provided
technical assistance and legal analysis to assist Arkansas in developing their
law. During this time, Arkansas created the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission,
appointing 13 commissioners and hiring an Executive Director and other staff to
investigate complaints filed under the State's new fair housing law. In July 2003,
Arkansas enacted an amended fair housing law that is substantially equivalent
to the federal Fair Housing Act.
FHAP currently provides funds to 98 State and local governments to help them administer
laws that are substantially equivalent to the federal Fair Housing Act. For more
information on the FHAP or to find a FHAP agency in your area, go to HUD's
Fair Housing Partners page.