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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