HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 2012-0501
Gloria Shanahan
(305) 520-5030
For Release
May 9, 2012


MIAMI - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $4,023,424 to eight fair housing organizations to assist people in Florida who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination. See detailed information on each grant awarded at:

"We are pleased to provide the only federal grant support to private fair housing enforcement and education," said HUD's Southeast Regional Administrator Ed Jennings, Jr. "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. 

State Organization Name City Amount 
Florida Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc. Daytona Beach $650,000.00
  Mid-Florida Housing Partnership, Inc. Daytona Beach $125,000.00
  Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. Jacksonville $649,868.00
  Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches, Inc. Lantana $321,723.00
  Fair Housing Continuum, Inc. Melbourne $320,667.00
  Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc. Miami $775,000.00
  Bay Area Legal Services, Inc. Tampa $292,920.00
  Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc. West Palm Beach $888,246.00
TOTAL   $4,023,424.00

HUD 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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