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HUD No. 18-004
HUD Public Affairs
(202) 708-0685
FOR RELEASE
Tuesday
March 6, 2018

HUD AWARDS $37 MILLION TO FIGHT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION
Updated on March 6, 2018 to include new grantees noted below

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today it is awarding $38.5 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.  

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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
  *Mid-Florida Housing Partnership
EOI
$125,000
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
  *Community Legal Aid, Inc.
PEI
300,000
  *Southcoast Fair Housing, Inc.
EOI
125,000
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
  *Telamon Corporation
EOI
125,000
  *Legal Aid of North Carolina
PEI
300,000
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
  *Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc.
EOI
125,000
  *CNY Fair Housing, Inc.
EOI
125,000
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
  *Ohio State Legal Services Association
EOI
125,000
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
  *West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc.
EOI
125,000
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.
EOI
68,972
  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: 
$38,569,062


*Denotes new grantees awarded on March 6, 2018