HUD Archives: News Releases


HUD No. 12-17
Rhonda Siciliano
(617) 994-8355
For Release
Wednesday
May 9, 2012

HUD AWARDS MORE THAN $575,000 IN GRANTS TO COMBAT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION IN CONNECTICUT

BOSTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $575,000 to three fair housing organizations to assist people in Connecticut who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination. (See list of Connecticut grantees below).

Connecticut Grantees
Hartford
Connecticut Fair Housing Center, Inc.
Private Enforcement Initiative - Multi-Year
Component - $325,000

The Connecticut Fair Housing Center will use its grant to provide the full range of core fair housing services including intake, investigation, testing, and litigation of fair housing cases and systemic testing and investigations. The organization will serve individuals of all protected classes with an emphasis on race or ethnicity in the rental, home sales and lending markets; individuals with disabilities seeking housing and requesting reasonable modifications and accommodations for people with disabilities; and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community to determine if there is evidence of sex discrimination in the housing market.

Connecticut Fair Housing Center, Inc.
Education and Outreach Initiative - Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing
Component - $125,000

The Connecticut Fair Housing Center will use its grant to provide training on how to affirmatively further fair housing. Activities will include: making data on the impediments to fair housing electronically accessible; developing an affirmatively furthering fair housing training curriculum for affordable housing federal grantees, planners and developers, and community members; printing copies of the curriculum for distribution both within Connecticut and nationally; holding trainings for housing stakeholders with the goal of training 400 people; and developing and distributing a Fair Zoning School curriculum.

Connecticut Fair Housing Center, Inc.
Education and Outreach Initiative - General
Component - $125,000

The Connecticut Fair Housing Center (Center) will use its grant to meet the need for quality affordable rental homes. Activities will include: educating community leaders on the center's work and fair housing laws; providing fair housing training to communities of color; placing articles in newspapers and publications written in a language other than English about fair housing, the work of the Center, and how to file a housing discrimination complaint; developing and conducting focus groups for people in struggling communities to determine mobility impediments and what would assist them in making an opportunity move; creating a report based on focus group results with suggested ways to address the obstacles and presenting it to mobility counselors and others assisting people in moving; publishing and disseminating a manual on inclusionary zoning best practices.

"We are pleased to provide the only federal grant support to private fair housing enforcement and education," said HUD's New England Regional Administrator Barbara Fields. "Our local partners are essential to 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 Connecticut.

State

Organization Name

City

Amount

Connecticut

Connecticut Fair Housing Center, Inc.

Hartford

$325,000

 

Connecticut Fair Housing Center, Inc.

Hartford

$125,000

 

Connecticut Fair Housing Center, Inc.

Hartford

$125,000


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 (800) 669-9777 (voice) or (800) 927-9275 (TTY).

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