FHIP Education and Outreach Initiative (EOI) - Tester Training

The Fair Housing Initiatives Program is a significant source of funding for FHIP grantees that conduct fair housing testing in local communities across the country. Fair housing testing refers to the use of testers who, without any bona fide intent to rent or purchase property, obtain a mortgage, seek housing assistance, or engage in other housing related activities, pose as prospective renters, or buyers of real estate, or other applicable roles for the purpose of determining whether housing providers and others are complying with the federal Fair Housing Act.

The Department continues to be vigilant about ensuring that testing performed by testers with FHIP funds adhere to HUD’s investigatory standards so that the testing yields credible, objective and admissible evidence to aid in the enforcement of the federal Fair Housing Act. The Department acknowledges that great variation exists in the quality of fair housing testing performed by FHIP grantees. Some grantees have consistently demonstrated that testing produces strong evidence that can be used to forge effective legal challenges to discriminatory housing practices. Still some grantees exhibit lesser capabilities and uneven or less accomplished track records. HUD recognizes the need to continually improve and standardize the quality of testing provided by testers employed by FHIP grantees.

Preference Points HUD encourages activities in Promise Zones, Opportunity Zones (OZ), or activities in collaboration with HBCUs.  HUD may award two (2) points for qualified activities supporting either initiative.  In no case will HUD award more than two preference points for these activities.  

Funding of up to $250,000 is available through this NOFA.  HUD expects to make approximately 1 awards from the funds available under this NOFA.

Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6400-N-71

Opportunity Title: Education and Outreach – Tester Training NOFO

Competition ID: FR-6400-N-71

CFDA No: 14. 416

OMB Approval Number: 2529-0033

Opening Date: July 16, 2020

Application Due Date: August 17, 2020

Agency Contact:  Questions regarding specific program requirements for this NOFO should be directed to  Myron.P.Newry@hud.gov.  Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Please note that HUD staff cannot assist applicants in preparing their applications