HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 11-1001
Gloria Shanahan
(305) 520-5030
For Release
October 21, 2011

Six agencies to receive Fair Housing Initiatives Program funding

MIAMI, FL - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to awarded $2,470,005 million to six fair housing organizations and non-profit agencies in Florida to assist people who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination (see list below). This funding is part of $28 million distributed to 84 fair housing organizations nationwide. Read a complete project-by-project summary of the programs awarded grants on HUD's website.

The grants announced today are funded through HUD's Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) and will be used to investigate allegations of housing discrimination, and work to promote equal housing opportunities.

"The Obama Administration is committed to ending housing discrimination, and these grants enable local fair housing and community organizations all over the nation to help HUD enforce the Fair Housing Act, and make people more aware of their fair housing rights," stated HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.

HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity, John Trasviña added: "Last year, HUD filed more Fair Housing Act charges than any year since 2002. The Fair Housing Initiatives Program grantees play a vital role to enhance our civil rights law enforcement efforts."

The categories of grants awarded in Florida are:

  • Private Enforcement Initiative grants (PEI) - HUD awarded nationwide $17.5 million to help groups investigate alleged housing discrimination, and enforce the Fair Housing Act and state and local laws that are substantially equivalent to the Act.

  • Education and Outreach Initiative grants (EOI) - HUD awarded nationwide $4.6 million to groups that educate the public and housing providers about their rights and obligations under federal, state, and local fair housing laws.

FHEO and its partners in the Fair Housing Assistance Program investigate more than 10,000 housing discrimination complaints annually. People who believe they are the victims of housing discrimination should contact HUD at (800) 669-9777 or (800) 927-9275 (TTY).


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 and You can also follow HUD on twitter @HUDnews, on facebook at, or sign up for news alerts on HUD's News Listserv.

HUD is awarding FHIP grants to the following Florida agencies:

State Recipient
Florida Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc.
West Palm Beach $756,516
  Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc.
Miami $125,000
  Bay Area Legal Services, Inc.
Tampa $292,920
  Fair Housing Continuum, Inc.
Melbourne $320,667
  Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc.
Jacksonville $324,902
  Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc.
Daytona Beach $650,000
Total FL $2,470,005


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