|HUD Region V No. 12-011
Laura J. Feldman
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February 9, 2012
HUD AWARDS $200,000 TO FIGHT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION IN CHICAGO
CHICAGO - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that it has awarded a total of $200,000 to two Chicago agencies to enforce fair housing laws and help communities and housing providers to better understand their fair housing rights and responsibilities. The funds, part of more than $7.5 million distributed nationwide today, will also be used to promote the Department's new Equal Access to Housing regulation, which ensures that HUD housing and programs are open to all families, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.
"Today's announcement demonstrates the Obama Administration's commitment to ending housing discrimination, no matter what form it takes," said John Trasviña, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. "With these funds, state and local government agencies on the front line of the fight will be able to continue their efforts to take on today's many fair housing challenges."
"These grants will help Chicago Agencies conduct fair housing education, outreach activities and training to help protect the rights and affirm the values of a diverse and inclusive society," said Antonio R. Riley, HUD's Midwest Regional Administrator.
The Chicago Grants are as follows:
|Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR)||John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center||
|IDHR will partner with the John Marshall Law School to address segregation in the Chicago metropolitan area by analyzing existing studies, identifying measures to AFFH in the Chicago area, and examining new approaches to AFFH.|
|Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR)||Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing||
|IDHR will partner with the Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing to develop/produce fair housing webinar trainings, conduct face-to-face and electronic outreach training to target populations and provide printed fair housing brochures in English, Spanish, Polish and French to be used in training sessions. Training will focus on fair housing information for new immigrants, persons /w disabilities, LGBT persons, and condo assocs.|
In awarding the funds, which are provided through HUD's Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP), HUD is responding to requests and suggestions from state and local government agencies that are seeking to partner with organizations that will assist in fair housing enforcement and outreach. The funds will help local communities learn more about their fair housing rights and housing providers meet their fair housing obligations, including those related to HUD's new Equal Access to Housing regulation.
Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) Funding
The following agencies have received funding:
|State||Name of Agency||City||Amount|
|Illinois||Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR)||Chicago||$100,000|
|Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR)||Chicago||$100,000|
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