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FY 2022 Fair Housing Initiative Program - Education and Outreach Initiative

The Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) funds fair housing organizations and other nonprofits that assist individuals who believe that they have been victims of housing discrimination. Currently FHIP provides funds to eligible organizations through competitive grants under several initiatives to carry out education and outreach and enforcement activities to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices and inform individuals of their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). The Initiatives are the Fair Housing Organization Initiative (FHOI), the Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI) and the Education and Outreach Initiative (EOI). In addition, consistent with HUD appropriations directives, FHEO is publishing a separate NOFO under the EOI for Tester Coordinator Training. This Education and Outreach Initiative (EOI) NOFO makes available approximately $9,425,000 to develop, implement, carry out, and coordinate education and outreach programs designed to inform members of the public concerning their rights and obligations under the provisions of the Fair Housing Act. Under this EOI NOFO, activities are divided into five categories: EOI National – National Media Campaign Component Provide funding for a national fair housing media campaign to educate the American public regarding the forms of discrimination that can occur in real estate related transactions, including the lending and appraisal markets. The campaign will provide information on how to file a housing discrimination complaint through HUD. EOI - Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Component This NOFO includes funding for fair housing organizations to create and/or update existing materials to reflect the clarification that, after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Bostock decision (Bostock v. Clayton Cty., 140 S. Ct. 1731 (2020), the Fair Housing Act bars discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. EOI General - Striving for Housing Equity Component This component will fund local and community-based projects to address barriers that may arise when people protected under the Fair Housing Act exercise their fair housing rights to expand housing choice and projects that promote equity and justice in housing, consistent with the mission of the FHA. These barriers include but are not limited to opposition to the creation of Page 5 of 58 affordable housing, neighbor harassment based on protected characteristics, and obstructing persons with disabilities who seek to enforce their fair housing rights. Targeted Fair Housing Component This component provides funds for targeted fair housing education and outreach activities such as projects to: develop law school curricula related to fair housing, improve access to homeownership for underserved populations that have historically been denied such opportunities, and advance community integration. Funding may also be used to provide fair housing services to underserved communities and underserved populations. General Component This component provides funding for general fair housing education and outreach activities aimed to inform people of their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act.

Changes from Previous NOFO.

  1. Departmental Template Change (NOFO Summary). The FY2022 NOFO template adds a summary of HUD’s five core goals under the Strategic Plan for FY2022-2026. B. The NOFO introduces three new components: 1. Striving for Housing Equity Component 2. Targeted Fair Housing Component 3. Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Component c. Section I.A. Program Definitions. This NOFO adds program definitions for the following: 1. Appraisal - in accordance Interagency Task Force on Property Appraisal and Valuation Equity (PAVE) Initiative; 2. Government Technical Representative; and 3. Government Technical Monitor. D. Section III.F. Certification of Consistency with the Consolidated Plan/Participative Planning and Implementation. This former section which was included in the FY2021 NOFO is removed. E. Section III.F- Program Specific Requirements. FHIP reduced the time for which an organization remains ineligible after receiving a “poor” performance rating on another FHIP grant after selection and receipt of funding under this NOFO. The time period has been reduced from two years to one year that an organization will remain ineligible after receipt of the “poor” performance rating unless the organization provides evidence that the rating was overturned through an appeal or that another resolution was accepted by the GTR/GTM to improve future performance. F. Section III.G. Criteria for Beneficiaries. This section is revised to remove the criteria, Dun and Bradstreet Numbering System (DUNS), as the Department addresses the New Government Issued Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) created in SAM.gov under Section IV.C.2. The change provides notification to applicants of the new means of entity identification which will become effective April 2022 and is consistent with U.S. General Services Administration guidance at www.gsa.gov/entityid. Page 6 of 58 G. Section V. Rating Factor Chart. This chart is revised for consistency with the Department’s template update which includes new NOFO Preference points for Environmental Justice. This change increases the total available Preference points from two point to four points and increases the total available NOFO score from 102 to 104. Also, this template change removes Opportunity Zones as a Preference. H. Rating Factor 1, sub-factor “Organization Experience” has been revised to update the specific organization experience criteria. I. Preference Points. The Department removed Opportunity Zones as an available preference and added the additional preference points for Environmental Justice. The current preference points include Promise Zones, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), and Environmental Justice. The maximum points available under this section has increased from two to four points. HUD may award no more than four total preference points for these preferences.

Program NOFO

Program Office: Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

Funding Opportunity Title: Fair Housing Initiative Program - Education and Outreach Initiative

Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6600-N-21A

Estimated opening date: September 16th, 2022

Estimated closing date:  December 6th, 2022


Agency Contact:

Stephanie W. Thomas Phone: 202-402-6938  

Email: Stephanie.W.Thomas@hud.gov

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