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October 11, 2007
THE KENTUCKY COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS AWARDED $99,800 GRANT TO HELP FIGHT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION
LOUISVILLE, KY - The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights today received a grant of $99,800. The grant will be used to conduct a series of workshops designed to educate persons with disabilities, housing providers, mortgage lenders, housing advertisers, and underserved immigrant communities in Eastern and Southern Kentucky about the
Fair Housing Act. The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights was selected by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which awarded 88 grants totaling $17.1 million to recipients in 37 states and the District of Columbia
to help fight housing discrimination.
"Last year there were a record 10,328 housing discrimination complaints filed with HUD and its state and local partners," said Kim Kendrick, HUD's Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. "These grants will allow us to continue with efforts to educate the public and the housing industry about their rights and
responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act."
The grants, funded through HUD's Fair Housing Initiatives Program, will be used to investigate allegations of housing discrimination, educate the public and the housing industry about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act, and work to promote equal housing opportunities.
This year's grants were awarded under one of two initiatives:
- Private Enforcement Initiative grants (PEI) - HUD awarded $14 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 $3.1 million to groups that educate the public and housing providers about their rights and obligations under federal, state, and local fair housing
FHEO and its partners in the Fair Housing Assistance Program investigate approximately 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), 800-927-9275 (TTY). Stay on top of the most up-to-date news regarding the Fair Housing Act
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NOTE: A list of all the grant recipients is available on the HUD website.
SUMMARY OF THE FY2007 FHIP GRANT AWARD
The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights (KCHR) will conduct a series of workshops designed to educate persons with disabilities, housing providers, mortgage lenders, housing advertisers, and underserved immigrant communities in Eastern and Southern Kentucky about the Fair Housing Act. As part of its education effort, KCHR will translate fair housing materials into Vietnamese, French, Russian, and Arabic languages, and distribute the materials at international/immigrant group festivals, health fairs and housing fairs. KCHR will also conduct a fair housing
conference in Eastern Kentucky and Bowling Green and produce and distribute fair housing posters.