June 30, 2020

HUD: Over $40 Million Awarded to Fight Housing Discrimination

Grants to support and promote fair housing nationwide 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $40.8 million to support dozens of fair housing organizations working to help end housing discrimination (see grant chart below for full list of recipients). These funds are provided through the Department’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) both to help people who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination and to educate housing providers about fair housing laws.

“Today’s grant announcement provides resources that play an important role in fulfilling HUD’s mission to provide safe, fair, and affordable housing,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson.

“FHIP organizations are important partners in combating housing discrimination,” said Anna María Farías, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “The grants we are awarding today help to support these organizations on an ongoing basis.”

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:

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).

See the full list of 2020 FHIP Award winners here.

This post was originally published here.