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HUD No. 21-182
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Wednesday
November 3, 2021

HUD RELEASES MORE THAN $13 MILLION IN AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN FUNDS TO ASSIST VICTIMS OF HOUSING DISCRIMINATION RELATED TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
Funds will support the efforts of fair housing enforcement organizations


WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it is providing $13.6 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to enable 51 HUD Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) agencies to conduct a range of fair housing enforcement and education and outreach activities related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the activities that will be conducted by the organizations is addressing discriminatory practices in underserved communities.

“Discriminatory policies have no place in a nation struggling to deal with the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Demetria McCain, HUD’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “The funds being provided today highlight HUD’s commitment to supporting the efforts of our many partners working to combat unlawful practices that jeopardize a family’s housing security.”

The funds, which are being awarded under FHIP’s Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI) component, are the first ARP competitive grants in FHEO that focus directly on the unequal impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on communities of color, low-income communities, and other vulnerable populations. Specific activities that will be carried out include responding to housing inquiries, investigating fair housing complaints, conducting fair housing testing, providing legal assistance, conducting education and outreach, and covering costs associated with providing services related to the pandemic.

Another $5,757,663 in ARP funding will be made available to eligible applicants that did not receive funding in this first round.

The following organizations are receiving funding:

2021 FHIP PEI-ARP AWARD WINNERS

State
Recipient
Grant Type
Amount
Alaska
Alaska Legal Services Corporation
PEI-ARP
$75,000
Arkansas
Legal Aid of Arkansas, Inc.
PEI-ARP
$350,000
Arizona
Southwest Fair Housing Council
PEI-ARP
$350,000
California
Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc.
PEI-ARP
$350,000
 
Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California
PEI-ARP
$350,000
 
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.
PEI-ARP
$350,000
 
Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc.
PEI-ARP
$350,000
 
Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board
PEI-ARP
$350,000
Connecticut
Connecticut Fair Housing Center
PEI-ARP
$350,000
District of Columbia
National Fair Housing Alliance
PEI-ARP
$350,000
 
Equal Rights Center
PEI-ARP
$350,000
 
National Community Reinvestment Coalition
PEI-ARP
$346,819
Florida
Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE), Inc.
PEI-ARP
$350,000
 
Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc.
PEI-ARP
$350,000
Georgia
JC Vision and Associates Inc
PEI-ARP
$75,000
Hawaii
Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
PEI-ARP
$350,000
Idaho
Intermountain Fair Housing Council, Inc
PEI-ARP
$124,993
Illinois
South Suburban Housing Center
PEI-ARP
$350,000
 
H.O.P.E. Inc d/b/a HOPE Fair Housing Center
PEI-ARP
$125,000
 
Open Communities
PEI-ARP
$218,353
 
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
PEI-ARP
$348,986
Indiana
Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, Inc.
PEI-ARP
$125,000
Massachusetts
Community Legal Aid, Inc.
PEI-ARP
$350,000
 
Suffolk University
PEI-ARP
$349,966
Michigan 
Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan
PEI-ARP
$124,974
 
Legal Services of Eastern Michigan
PEI-ARP
$350,000
Minnesota
Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance
PEI-ARP
$350,000
Mississippi
Mississippi Center for Justice
PEI-ARP
$350,000
Missouri
Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council
PEI-ARP
$350,000
North Carolina
Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.
PEI-ARP
$350,000
North Dakota
High Plains Fair Housing Center
PEI-ARP
$75,000
New Hampshire
New Hampshire Legal Assistance
PEI-ARP
$333,907
New Jersey
Fair Housing Council of Northern New Jersey
PEI-ARP
$125,000
Nevada
Silver State Fair Housing Council
PEI-ARP
$125,000
New York
Long Island Housing Services, Inc.
PEI-ARP
$350,000
 
Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc.
PEI-ARP
$350,000
 
Fair Housing Justice Center, Inc.
PEI-ARP
$350,000
 
Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc.
PEI-ARP
$350,000
 
Brooklyn Legal Services
PEI-ARP
$350,000
 
Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.
PEI-ARP
$350,000
 
CNY Fair Housing, Inc.
PEI-ARP
$125,000
Ohio
Fair Housing Opportunities of Northwest Ohio, Inc.
PEI-ARP
$349,983
 
Fair Housing Contact Service, Inc.
PEI-ARP
$125,000
 
Fair Housing Resource Center
PEI-ARP
$125,000
 
Ohio State Legal Services Association
PEI-ARP
$317,447
 
Housing Research & Advocacy Center
PEI-ARP
$125,000
 
Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Greater Cincinnati, Inc.
PEI-ARP
$150,000
Pennsylvania
Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh
PEI-ARP
$125,000
 
Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern PA
PEI-ARP
$75,000
Washington
Northwest Fair Housing Alliance
PEI-ARP
$103,973
Wisconsin
Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council
PEI-ARP
$347,935
TOTAL
$13,642,337


People who believe they have experienced discrimination may file a complaint by contacting HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (Relay). Housing discrimination complaints may also be filed by going to hud.gov/fairhousing.

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