October 7, 2004
HUD AWARDS $17.6 MILLION IN GRANTS TO HELP FIGHT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION
WASHINGTON - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson today awarded $17.6 million in grants to 106 groups to help them fight housing discrimination.
The grants, funded under HUD's Fair Housing Initiatives Program, will go to public and private fair housing groups and state and local agencies across the country. These groups will use the funds to investigate allegations of housing discrimination, educate the housing industry and public about housing discrimination laws, and work to promote fair housing.
"Today's announcement reinforces the Bush Administration's continued commitment to ensuring that communities across America are free of discrimination," said Jackson. "These grants will provide communities with a variety of education initiatives aimed at promoting fair housing."
The grants are allocated as follows:
- Private Enforcement Initiative - About $11.8 million was awarded for
12 to18 month grants of up to $220,000 to assist private, tax-exempt fair
housing enforcement organizations in the investigation and enforcement of
alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act and substantially equivalent State
and local fair housing laws.
- Education and Outreach Initiative - About $3.7 million was allocated
for one-year grants of up to $100,000 to inform and educate the public about
the rights and obligations under federal, state and local fair housing laws.
About $500,000 of the grant money, which went to seven groups, is specifically
going to programs that have a special focus on the fair housing needs of persons
with disabilities, so that housing providers, the general public, and persons
with disabilities themselves better understand their rights and obligations.
- Fair Housing Organizations Initiative - About $2.1 million was awarded for three-year grants of about $1 million for projects that serve rural and immigrant populations in areas where there currently is no existing fair housing organization, or are otherwise under-served.
Below is a breakdown of funding to groups in the following locations:
|Alabama - $519,116||Montana - $219,869.60|
|Arizona - $532,030.40||Nebraska - $254,871.54|
|Arkansas- $50,000||New Hampshire - $219,602.40|
|California - $1,671,309.80||Nevada - $218,462.40|
|Colorado - $80,000||New Jersey - $300,000|
|Connecticut - $220,000||New Mexico - $397,268.60|
|District of Columbia - $1,868,032.17||New York - $710,900|
|Florida - $733,491.60||North Carolina - $78,134.40|
|Georgia - $320,000||North Dakota - $219,360|
|Hawaii - $220,000||Ohio - $839,999.02|
|Idaho - $80,000||Oklahoma - $273,643.66|
|Illinois - $1,025,644||Oregon - $299,520|
|Indiana - $80,000||Pennsylvania - $519,497.60|
|Kentucky - $207,531.20||Puerto Rico - $92,386|
|Louisiana - $399,999.20||Rhode Island - $47,261.50|
|Maryland - $262,468.80||South Carolina - $129,445.60|
|Massachusetts - $519,967.20||Tennessee - $283,663.20|
|Maine - $220,000||Texas - $348,811.40|
|Michigan - $583,224.86||Vermont - $80,000|
|Minnesota - $300,000||Virginia - $105,034.14|
|Mississippi - $220,000||Washington - $440,000|
|Missouri - $269,999.32||Wisconsin - $1,269,979.40|
The 106 winners were chosen based on the soundness of approach, the extent of the problem, the capacity and experience of the applicant, demonstration of results, program evaluation, and the leveraging of other resources.
Additionally, some of the grants will address sophisticated and subtle forms
of discrimination through paired testing as well as other investigative tools.
HUD gave special emphasis to grant applications that target under-served populations,
such as rural residents and immigrants, especially non-English speaking racial
and ethnic minorities.
The Fair Housing Act bars housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, family status and national origin. The Act covers the sale, rental, financing and advertising of almost all housing in the nation. Fair housing investigations are conducted by HUD investigators, state and city agencies working with HUD, and private fair housing groups that receive HUD funds.
Anyone who believes they have experienced housing discrimination is asked to call HUD's Housing Discrimination Hotline at 1-800-669-9777.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and espanol.hud.gov.