November 3, 2021

HUD: More than $13 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds Released to Assist Victims of Housing Discrimination Related to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Funds will support the efforts of fair housing enforcement organizations 

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:


StateRecipientGrant TypeAmount
AlaskaAlaska Legal Services CorporationPEI-ARP$75,000
ArkansasLegal Aid of Arkansas, Inc.PEI-ARP$350,000
ArizonaSouthwest Fair Housing CouncilPEI-ARP$350,000
CaliforniaLegal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc.PEI-ARP$350,000
Fair Housing Advocates of Northern CaliforniaPEI-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 BoardPEI-ARP$350,000
ConnecticutConnecticut Fair Housing CenterPEI-ARP$350,000
District of ColumbiaNational Fair Housing AlliancePEI-ARP$350,000
 Equal Rights CenterPEI-ARP$350,000
 National Community Reinvestment CoalitionPEI-ARP$346,819
FloridaHousing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE), Inc.PEI-ARP$350,000
 Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc.PEI-ARP$350,000
GeorgiaJC Vision and Associates IncPEI-ARP$75,000
HawaiiLegal Aid Society of HawaiiPEI-ARP$350,000
IdahoIntermountain Fair Housing Council, IncPEI-ARP$124,993
IllinoisSouth Suburban Housing CenterPEI-ARP$350,000
 H.O.P.E. Inc d/b/a HOPE Fair Housing CenterPEI-ARP$125,000
 Open CommunitiesPEI-ARP$218,353
 The Board of Trustees of the University of IllinoisPEI-ARP$348,986
IndianaFair Housing Center of Central Indiana, Inc.PEI-ARP$125,000
MassachusettsCommunity Legal Aid, Inc.PEI-ARP$350,000
Suffolk UniversityPEI-ARP$349,966
Michigan Fair Housing Center of Southwest MichiganPEI-ARP$124,974
Legal Services of Eastern MichiganPEI-ARP$350,000
MinnesotaMid-Minnesota Legal AssistancePEI-ARP$350,000
MississippiMississippi Center for JusticePEI-ARP$350,000
MissouriMetropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity CouncilPEI-ARP$350,000
North CarolinaLegal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.PEI-ARP$350,000
North DakotaHigh Plains Fair Housing CenterPEI-ARP$75,000
New HampshireNew Hampshire Legal AssistancePEI-ARP$333,907
New JerseyFair Housing Council of Northern New JerseyPEI-ARP$125,000
NevadaSilver State Fair Housing CouncilPEI-ARP$125,000
New YorkLong 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 ServicesPEI-ARP$350,000
 Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.PEI-ARP$350,000
 CNY Fair Housing, Inc.PEI-ARP$125,000
OhioFair Housing Opportunities of Northwest Ohio, Inc.PEI-ARP$349,983
 Fair Housing Contact Service, Inc.PEI-ARP$125,000
 Fair Housing Resource CenterPEI-ARP$125,000
 Ohio State Legal Services AssociationPEI-ARP$317,447
 Housing Research & Advocacy CenterPEI-ARP$125,000
 Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Greater Cincinnati, Inc.PEI-ARP$150,000
Pennsylvania Fair Housing Partnership of Greater PittsburghPEI-ARP$125,000
 Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern PAPEI-ARP$75,000
WashingtonNorthwest Fair Housing AlliancePEI-ARP$103,973
WisconsinMetropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing CouncilPEI-ARP$347,935

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

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