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October 6, 2011
HUD AWARDS $1.4 MILLION TO IDAHO, OREGON & WASHINGTON STATE ORGANIZATIONS TO COMBAT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION
Five Northwest Organizations Among 84 Nationwide To Win $28 Million in HUD Fair Housing Initiative Program Grants
SEATTLE - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $1,446,438 to five fair housing organizations in Idaho, Oregon and Washington state to assist people who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination. The Northwest organizations were among 84 agencies in 33 states and the District of Columbia to be competitively awarded some $28 million today under HUD's Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) to investigate allegations of housing discrimination, and work to promote equal housing opportunities.
Northwest organizations winning FHIP grants today include Idaho Legal Aid Services and Intermountain Fair Housing, both based in Boise, the Fair Housing Council of Oregon, based in Portland, the Fair Housing Center of Washington based in Tacoma and the Northwest Fair Housing Alliance based in Spokane. All five organizations have won FHIP grants in prior years.
"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."
FHIP awardees in the Northwest include:
|Idaho||Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc.||Boise||$124,906||EOI|
|Intermountain Fair Housing Council, Inc.||Boise||$124,654||EOA|
|Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc.||Boise||$96,878||EOI|
|Oregon||Fair Housing Council of Oregon||Portland||$125,000||EOI|
|Fair Housing Council of Oregon||Portland||$325,000||FHOI|
|Washington||Fair Housing Center of Washington||Tacoma||$325,000||PEI|
|Northwest Fair Housing Alliance||Spokane||$325,000||FHOI|
There three categories of grants awarded by HUD under the FHIP program:
- Private Enforcement Initiative grants (PEI) - HUD awarded $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 $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.
- Fair Housing Organizations Initiative (FHOI) - HUD awarded $5.9 million to groups that serve rural and immigrant populations in areas where there currently is no existing fair housing organization, or are otherwise underserved.
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 1-800-669-9777 (voice), 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 www.hud.gov and http://espanol.hud.gov. You can also follow HUD on twitter @HUDnews, on facebook at www.facebook.com/HUD, or sign up for news alerts on HUD's News Listserv.