HUD Awards $38 Million to Fight Housing Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it is awarding more than $38 million to over 100 groups across the nation to fight housing discrimination. The funds are part of HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) Grant Awards. Several of the grant recipients provide legal services, thus emphasizing the critical role civil legal aid plays in ensuring equal access to fair housing.

In addition to the funding awarded directly to legal aid, this announcement presents the opportunity for others in the civil legal aid community to connect with primary grantees and propose partnerships through these FHIP-funded programs. A full list of FY 2015 FHIP grant recipients can be found in the chart at the bottom of HUD’s press release. Additionally, the Project Descriptions document provides greater detail on each funded program.

FHIP awards grants in the following three categories:

  • Private Enforcement Initiative grants (PEI): These awards help non-profit 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.

If you are a grantee or sub-grantee of this funding initiative, we encourage you to share the good news with NLADA by contacting Arielle Altman at a.altman@nlada.org.

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Categories: Government Organizations, Homeless, Housing, Housing Discrimination, HUD, New Opportunities, Non-profit Organizations, Pass-Through Funds/ Block Grants, Public Housing Organizations, Subgrant Possibilities

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