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HUD No. 03-01-11
Cindy Yarbrough
(205) 745-4429
For Release
Tuesday
March 1, 2011

HUD AWARDS OVER $900,000 IN GRANTS TO FIGHT HOUSING AND LENDING DISCRIMINATION IN ALABAMA
Record 48% increase supports local community education and enforcement efforts

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $942,734 to Fair Housing Initiatives Program Grant recipients in the State of Alabama as part of the $40.8 million awarded nationally 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 nationally 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."

"This additional funding is both timely and necessary as we work to educate the public and fight housing and lending discrimination and mortgage rescue scams," said Ed Jennings, Jr. HUD Southeast Regional Administrator.

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.

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 Southwest Michigan
PEI
$183,549
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

 

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