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HUD IX No. 13-54
Gene Gibson
(415) 489-6414
www.hud.gov/nevada
FOR RELEASE
Wednesday
September 25, 2013

HUD AWARDS $325,000 TO NEVADA TO FIGHT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $325,000 to a fair housing organization in Reno, Nevada, in an effort to reduce housing discrimination. This funding is part of $38.3 million HUD awarded today to 95 fair housing organizations and other non-profit agencies in 38 states. 

Funded through HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP), these grants will help enforce the Fair Housing Act through investigation and testing of alleged discriminatory practices. In addition, the funds will educate housing providers, local governments and potential victims of housing discrimination about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act.           

“Ending housing discrimination requires that we support the law of the land and protect the housing rights of individuals and families who would be denied those rights,” stated HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “Ensuring and promoting Fair Housing practices lies at the core of HUD’s mission and these grants enable community groups all over the nation to help families who are denied equal access to housing." 

HUD Regional Administrator Ophelia Basgal added: “No one should be denied the opportunity to live where they want because of how they look, their faith, whether they have children or because they have a disability. These grants will help us continue our efforts to educate the public and housing industry about their housing rights and responsibilities.” 

            The Nevada recipient is from Reno:

Silver State Fair Housing Council

FY11 Private Enforcement Initiative –

Multi-Year Component - $325,000.00

Silver State Fair Housing Council (SSFHC) will use its grant to continue its enforcement program and expand its capacity to conduct systemic investigations of housing discrimination.  SSFHC will conduct complaint intake and assessment, develop viable enforcement proposals and refer all bona fide claims to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  SSFHC will continue its testing program as well as track new multifamily housing and conduct on-site assessments for enforcement purposes.  This funding will also help SSFHC establish a new branch office,  and develop a tool to help health care professionals write support letters for clients. As part of its outreach efforts, SSFHC will provide fair housing information through its website, advertising, social media, and mail and conduct trainings and outreach events for housing consumers and housing and social service providers. 

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