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State of Arkansas joins HUD's Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP)

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In 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).

The 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 Office.

The 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.

In 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.

The 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.

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