To help end housing discrimination, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) this week awarded an additional $15 million to support dozens of fair housing organizations working to confront violations of the nation’s landmark Fair Housing Act (see grant chart below).

HUD’s grants are provided through the Department’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) to help people who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination and to educate the public and housing providers on fair housing laws. In addition to the new grants announced today, HUD awarded $23 million to existing fair housing organizations last winter.

“Even though the Fair Housing Act became the law of the land 51 years ago, housing discrimination continues to this day,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “HUD will continue to confront housing discrimination in all its forms and advance our mission of safe, affordable housing free from discrimination.”

HUD’s FHIP grants support a wide range of fair housing enforcement, education, and outreach activities. These grants allow the groups to provide fair housing enforcement through testing in the rental and sales markets, to file fair housing complaints to HUD, and to conduct investigations. Additionally, 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.

FHIP grants are provided under three categories:

  • Private Enforcement Initiative grants (PEI) – These awards help nonprofit fair housing enforcement organizations carry out investigations and other enforcement activities to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices.
  • Education and Outreach Initiative grants (EOI) – HUD awards these grants to groups that educate the public and housing providers about their rights and responsibilities under federal law or state and local fair housing laws that are substantially equivalent to the Fair Housing Act.
  • Fair Housing Organizations Initiative grants (FHOI) – HUD awards these grants to help build the capacity and effectiveness of non-profit fair housing organizations to continue and enhance enforcement of the Fair Housing Act.

Persons 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) 927-9275 (TTY).

2018 FHIP AWARD WINNERS

State Recipient Grant Type Amount
Alaska Alaska Legal Services Corporation EOI $125,000
Alabama Central Alabama Fair Housing Center PEI $300,000
Central Alabama Fair Housing Center EOI $125,000
Mobile Fair Housing Center PEI $300,000
Arizona Southwest Fair Housing Council PEI $300,000
Southwest Fair Housing Council EOI $125,000
Arkansas Legal Aid of Arkansas, Inc. PEI $281,396
California California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. PEI $300,000
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. EOI $125,000
CSA San Diego County PEI $300,000
Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California EOI $125,000
Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc. PEI $300,000
Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. (GBLA) PEI $300,000
Greater Napa Valley Fair Housing Center PEI $300,000
Housing and Economic Rights Advocates EOI $125,000
Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board EOI $125,000
Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. EOI $125,000
Orange County Fair Housing Council, Inc. PEI $300,000
Orange County Fair Housing Council, Inc. EOI $125,000
Project Sentinel Inc. EOI $125,000
Colorado Denver Metro Fair Housing Center PEI $297,651.81
Denver Metro Fair Housing Center EOI $124,505
Connecticut Connecticut Fair Housing Center PEI $300,000
Connecticut Fair Housing Center EOI $125,000
District of Columbia Equal Rights Center EOI $125,000
Housing Counseling Services EOI $125,000
National Community Reinvestment Coalition FHOI $250,000
National Fair Housing Alliance EOI $999,995
Delaware Pathways To Success, Inc EOI $ 125,000
Florida Bay Area Legal Services, Inc. PEI $300,000
Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida EOI $125,000
Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches, Inc. PEI $300,000
Georgia JCVision and Associates, Inc. FHOI $250,000
Metro Fair Housing Services, Inc. PEI $300,000
Idaho Intermountain Fair Housing Council, Inc EOI $124,903
Intermountain Fair Housing Council, Inc. PEI $299,917.66
Illinois H.O.P.E. Inc D/B/A HOPE Fair Housing Center EOI $124,980
Latin United Community Housing Association EOI $125,000
Rogers Park Community Council dba Northside Community Res. PEI $ 300,000
South Suburban Housing Center EOI $125,000
The John Marshall Law School PEI $299,660.66
The John Marshall Law School EOI $124,989
Indiana Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, Inc. EOI $125,000
Louisiana Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, Inc. EOI $125,000
Massachusetts SouthCoast Fair Housing, Inc. EOI $125,000
Maryland City of Baltimore, Office of Civil Rights & Wage Enforcement EOI $101,464
Michigan Fair Housing Center of West Michigan EOI $125,000
Fair Housing Center Southeastern Michigan EOI $125,000
Legal Services of Eastern Michigan EOI $125,000
Missouri Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council EOI $125,000
Mississippi Community Students Learning Center EOI $125,000
North Carolina Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. EOI $125,000
Telamon Corporation EOI $99,159
North Dakota High Plains Fair Housing Center EOI $125,000
New Hampshire New Hampshire Legal Assistance PEI $300,000
New Jersey Citizen Action of New Jersey EOI $125,000
New York Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. EOI $125,000
CNY Fair Housing, Inc. EOI $125,000
Fair Housing Justice Center, Inc. EOI $125,000
Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc. EOI $125,000
Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc. PEI $300,000
Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc. EOI $125,000
Ohio Fair Housing Contact Service, Inc. EOI $125,000
Fair Housing Opportunities, Inc. dba Fair Housing Center PEI $300,000
Fair Housing Opportunities, Inc. dba Fair Housing Center EOI $125,000
Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc. EOI $125,000
Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Greater Cincinnati, Inc. EOI $125,000
Housing Research & Advocacy Center EOI $125,000
Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Inc. PEI $300,000
Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Inc. EOI $125,000
Oregon Fair Housing Council of Oregon EOI $125,000
Pennsylvania Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership EOI $125,000
Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia, Inc. EOI $125,000
Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh PEI $300,000
Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc. EOI $125,000
Tennessee Tennessee Fair Housing Council PEI $ 300,000
Washington Northwest Fair Housing Alliance EOI $125,000
Wisconsin Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council EOI $250,000
TOTAL $15,128,621

This is a press release from HUD.

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