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HUD No. 11-023
Shantae Goodloe
(202) 708-0685
FOR RELEASE
Tuesday
March 1, 2011
HUD AWARDS OVER $40 MILLION IN GRANTS TO FIGHT HOUSING AND LENDING DISCRIMINATION
Record 48% increase supports local community education and enforcement efforts

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $40.8 million to 108 fair housing organizations and non-profit agencies in 36 states and the District of Columbia to educate the public and combat housing and lending discrimination (see attached list of grantees). This year’s award represents a $13.2 million increase over last year’s award and includes $10 million to fund activities that address lending discrimination, including mortgage rescue scams.  

“The record increase in support to local fair housing and community organizations demonstrates the Obama Administration’s firm commitment to ending housing discrimination and providing help to families victimized by mortgage scams,” stated HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. 

“Ending housing discrimination takes more than the efforts of Washington,” said John Trasviña, HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity.  “These grants enable community groups all over the nation to help HUD enforce the Fair Housing Act, make the public more aware of their fair housing rights and ensure that housing providers understand their responsibilities under the law.”

The grants announced today are funded through HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP)and will be used to investigate allegations of housing discrimination, educate the public and the housing industry about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act, and work to promote equal housing opportunities.

 The categories grants were awarded in include:

  •  Private Enforcement Initiative grants (PEI)– HUD awarded $28 million to support organization that investigate alleged housing discrimination, and enforce the Fair Housing Act and state and local laws that are substantially equivalent to the Act. Groups will also use the funding to conduct testing to protect individuals living in minority neighborhoods from mortgage rescue scams.
     
  • Education and Outreach Initiative grants (EOI)– HUD awarded $6.8 million to organizations that educate the public and housing providers about their rights and obligations under federal, state, and local fair housing laws. Groups will also conduct fair lending workshops, community meetings, and individual counseling activities focused on homeowners at risk for discrimination.
     
  • Fair Housing Organizations Initiative grants (FHOI) – HUD awarded $6 million to organizations serving rural and immigrant populations in areas lacking existing fair housing organizations, or otherwise underserved. Included will be activities that provide direct assistance to victims of fraudulent or predatory mortgage rescue schemes.

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 HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and  transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.

Read complete individual summaries on HUD’s website.

Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) Grants
Fiscal Year 2010

 

State

Recipient

Grant Type

Amount

 

AL

Central Alabama Fair Housing Center

PEI

$274,000

 
 

Fair Housing Center of Northern Alabama

PEI

$275,000

 

Mobile  Fair Housing Center, Inc.

EOI

$118,734

 

PEI

$275,000

 

AZ

Arizona Fair Housing Center

PEI

$325,000

 

Southwest Fair Housing Council

EOI

$124,786

 

PEI

$274,309

 

PEI

$323,689

 

CA

Bay Area Legal Aid

PEI

$325,000

 

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.

PEI

$275,000

 

PEI

$250,000

 

Fair Housing Council of Central California

PEI

$293,580

 
 

Fair Housing of Marin

PEI

$324,997

 

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. (GBLA)

FHOI

$441,743

 
 

Housing and Economic Rights Advocates

FHOI

$145,210

 

Inland Mediation Board

FHOI

$726,993

 

PEI

$325,000

 

Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc.

EOI

$115,500

 
 

Orange County Fair Housing Council, Inc.

PEI

$304,000

 
 

Project Sentinel, Inc.

PEI

$273,788

 
 

San Francisco Consumer Action

EOI

$1,000,000

 

Southern California Housing Rights Center

PEI

$324,938

 
 

The Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc.

PEI

$397,403

 

CT

Connecticut Fair Housing Center, Inc.

EOI

$125,000

 

PEI

$325,000

 

DC

Equal Rights Center

PEI

$325,000

 

Housing Counseling Services

EOI

$125,000

 

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

FHOI

$499,992

 

National Community Reinvestment Coalition

EOI

$232,707

 

FHOI

$486,601

 

PEI

$500,000

 

PEI

$315,256

 

National Fair Housing Alliance

EOI

$1,000,000

 

EOI

$767,293

 

FHOI

$994,211

 

PEI

$498,640

 

DE

Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.

PEI

$297,657

 

FL

Affordable Housing Centers of America

EOI

$79,819

 

Bay Area Legal Services, Inc.

PEI

$278,914

 

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc.

PEI

$300,000

 

PEI

$325,000

 

Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches, Inc.

PEI

$311,694

 
 
 

Fair Housing Continuum, Inc.

PEI

$315,000

 

Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc.

EOI

$125,000

 

PEI

$325,000

 

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc.

EOI

$124,743

 

PEI

$274,752

 

PEI

$499,970

 

Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc.

EOI

$125,000

 
 

Mid-Florida Housing Partnership, Inc.

EOI

$125,000

 

GA

Metro Fair Housing Services, Inc.

PEI

$275,000

 

HI

Legal Aid Society of Hawaii

PEI

$275,000

 

ID

Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc.

EOI

$103,699

 
 

Intermountain Fair Housing Council, Inc.

PEI

$324,839

 
 

IL

Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago

PEI

$325,000

 

Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc.

PEI

$325,000

 

HOPE Fair Housing Center

PEI

$274,491

 

Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs

PEI

$235,687

 

John Marshall Law School

PEI

$274,958

 

Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.

EOI

$125,000

 

SER Jobs for Progress, Inc

PEI

$140,369

 
 

South Suburban Housing Center

PEI

$273,505

 

PEI

$150,000

 

The John Marshall Law School

EOI

$99,980

 

EOI

$124,994

 

KS

Urban League of Kansas Inc.

FHOI

$273,007

 

KY

Lexington Fair Housing Council, Inc.

PEI

$260,477

 

LA

Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, Inc.

EOI

$125,000

 

PEI

$325,000

 

MA

Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston

PEI

$274,750

 

PEI

$500,000

 

HAP, Inc.

EOI

$121,637

 

Housing Discrimination Project

PEI

$325,000

 

Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts

PEI

$237,933

 

ME

Pine Tree Legal Assistance

PEI

$325,000

 

MI

Fair Housing Center of Southeast Michigan

PEI

$183,549

 

Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan

PEI

$302,766

 

Fair Housing Center of West Michigan

PEI

$274,604

 

Fair Housing of Metropolitan Detroit

PEI

$180,740

 

LEGAL SERVICES OF EASTERN MICHIGAN

PEI

$259,384

 

MN

Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis

PEI

$325,000

 

PEI

$356,365

 

Minneapolis Urban League

EOI

$124,447

 

MO

Metropolitan St.Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council

PEI

$272,614

 
 

Missouri Commission on Human Rights

EOI

$124,917

 

MS

Fair Housing Center of the Gulf Coast Region of Mississippi

PEI

$325,000

 

MT

City of Billings

EOI

$125,000

 

Montana Fair Housing, Inc.

PEI

$176,652

 

NE

Family Housing Advisory Services, Inc.

PEI

$275,000

 

High Plains Community Development Corp., Inc.

EOI

$120,570

 

NH

New Hampshire Legal Assistance

PEI

$324,972

 

NJ

Fair Housing Council of Northern New Jersey

PEI

$325,000

 
 

NV

Silver State Fair Housing Council

PEI

$268,606

 

NY

AAFE Community Development Fund, Inc.

EOI

$100,000

 
 

Fair Housing Council of Central New York, Inc.

PEI

$323,870

 

FAIR HOUSING JUSTICE CENTER, INC.

PEI

$324,991

 

Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc.

PEI

$263,846

 
 

Legal Assistance of Western NY, Inc.

PEI

$277,000

 

Legal Services NYC Staten Island

PEI

$471,932

 

Long Island Housing Services

PEI

$275,000

 

Neighborhood Econ. Dev. Advocacy Project

EOI

$125,000

 

EOI

$22,376

 

Queens Legal Services Corporation

FHOI

$498,753

 
 

South Brooklyn Legal Services, Inc.

FHOI

$427,587

 

PEI

$325,000

 
 

Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc.

PEI

$110,656

 

OH

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc.

FHOI

$499,999

 

Fair Housing Contact Services

PEI

$275,000

 
 

Fair Housing Opportunities dba Fair Housing Center

PEI

$275,000

 

Fair Housing Opportunities Inc. dba Fair Housing Center

EOI

$125,000

 

Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc.

EOI

$125,000

 

PEI

$275,000

 

Housing Advocates, Inc.

PEI

$275,000

 
 

Housing Opportunities Made equal of Greater Cincinnati, Inc.

EOI

$124,025

 

PEI

$324,359

 

Housing Research & Advocacy Center

PEI

$325,000

 

Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Inc.

EOI

$125,000

 

PEI

$500,000

 

OK

Metropolitan Fair Housing Council of Oklahoma, Inc.

PEI

$324,808

 
 

OR

Fair Housing Council of Oregon

PEI

$325,000

 

PA

Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia, Inc.

PEI

$274,818

 

Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh

FHOI

$98,563

 

PEI

$275,000

 

Fair Housing Rights Center of Southeastern Pennsylvania

PEI

$275,000

 
 
 

Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc.

EOI

$125,000

 

PEI

$325,000

 

St. Martin Center, Inc.

EOI

$125,000

 

SC

Charleston Trident Urban League, Inc.

EOI

$125,000

 
 

TN

Tennessee Fair Housing Council, Inc.

PEI

$275,000

 

West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc.

FHOI

$957,166

 

PEI

$275,000

 

TX

Austin Tenants Council Inc

PEI

$324,723

 

Greater Houston Fair Housing Center, Inc

PEI

$325,000

 

San Antonio Fair Housing Council, Inc.

PEI

$275,000

 

VA

Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc.

PEI

$149,404

 

VT

Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity

EOI

$125,000

 

Vermont Legal Aid, Inc.

PEI

$325,000

 

WA

Fair Housing Center of Washington

PEI

$275,000

 
 

Northwest Fair Housing Alliance

PEI

$325,000

 

WI

Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, Inc.

EOI

$124,773

 

PEI

$274,921