HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD Region V No. 12-059
Laura J. Feldman
(312) 913-8332
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For Release
May 10, 2012


CHICAGO - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $2,439,187 to ten fair housing organizations to assist people in Illinois who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination.

"We are pleased to provide the only federal grant support to private fair housing enforcement and education," said HUD's Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity John Trasviña. "Our local partners are essential to ending housing discrimination."

"With these grants, our partners in Illinois will help HUD ensure the American public has equal access to their dream homes in inclusive communities," said Antonio R. Riley, HUD's Midwest Regional Administrator.

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:

Illinois Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago Chicago
Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. Chicago
John Marshall Law School Chicago
John Marshall Law School Chicago
John Marshall Law School Chicago
South Suburban Housing Center Homewood
South Suburban Housing Center Homewood
HOPE Fair Housing Center Wheaton
HOPE Fair Housing Center Wheaton
Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs Winnetka

Read a complete project-by-project summary of the programs awarded grants today on HUD's website.

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).


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 at @HUDnews or on Facebook at, or sign up for news alerts on HUD's News Listserv.


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