HUD AWARDS MORE THAN $768,000 IN GRANTS TO
COMBAT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION IN ALABAMA
BIRMINGHAM – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $768,795 to 3 fair housing organizations to assist people in Alabama who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination. (See list of Alabama’s grantees below).
The Mobile Fair Housing Center will use its grant to conduct fair housing investigative and enforcement work. Investigative activities will include: recruitment and training of testers and refresher training for current testers; rental, national origin, sales, pre-qualifying mortgage lending, design, and construction accessibility, and reasonable accommodation testing and site assessments; and complaint intake, processing, referral, and counseling. Enforcement activities will include: accessibility workshops, for English-speaking and limited English proficiency (LEP) participants; outreach for accessibility design and construction and mortgage and predatory lending; compliance audits for housing for the disabled; referral of enforcement proposals and assistance to clients seeking reasonable accommodations/modifications; accessibility design and construction, mortgage and predatory lending education; a regional fair housing summit; fair housing enforcement education; and counseling activities for underserved victims of rental discrimination.
The Mobile Fair Housing Center, Inc. will use its grant to conduct: a regional housing summit; workshops and outreach on predatory lending; a community town hall meetings on fair housing and predatory lending; a workshop for housing professionals, a workshop for National Fair Housing Month, and a workshop on inclusiveness; and an affirmatively furthering fair housing training for state and local governments. The organization will also translate fair housing and lending material, prepare a fair housing newsletter and new materials on predatory lending, loan modification; mortgage rescue scams, and national origin discrimination for education and outreach activities; fair housing PSAs about predatory lending; and conduct a review and critique the 2012 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice for Mobile with findings to the City and HUD.
The Central Alabama Fair Housing Center (CAFHC) will use its grant to continue full service fair housing activities in Montgomery, Selma, and 29counties in Central Alabama. Activities will include: challenging racial steering and other discriminatory housing practices in Montgomery and adjacent counties; combating discrimination in the west Alabama “Black Belt;” expanding outreach and enforcement actions to combat escalating discrimination against Latino residents after passage of HB 56; continuing investigating and combating race discrimination in small Central Alabama entitlement communities; and breaking down barriers for people with disabilities.
“These federal grants are essential to ending housing discrimination through a unique federal grant support to private fair housing education and enforcement,” said HUD Southeast Regional Administrator Ed Jennings, Jr. “We are laser focused on attacking and ending housing discrimination.”
The competitive grants are funded through HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP), and are part of nearly $41.18 million distributed nationwide to 99 fair housing organizations and other non-profit agencies in 35 states and the District of Columbia. The grants will be used to enforce the Fair Housing Act through investigation and testing of alleged discriminatory practices, and to educate housing providers, local governments and potential victims of housing discrimination about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act. HUD had over $70 million in requests for FHIP, but funded only $41 million.
HUD is awarding FHIP grants to the following agencies in Alabama
Mobile Fair Housing Center, Inc
Mobile Fair Housing Center, Inc
Central Alabama Fair Housing Center
FHEO and its partners in the Fair Housing Assistance Program investigate more than 9,300 housing discrimination complaints annually. People who believe they are the victims of housing discrimination should contact HUD at 1-800-669-9777 (voice), or (800) 927-9275 (TTY).
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