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HUD AWARDS THREE GRANTS IN MASSACHUSETTS TO COMBAT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION
BOSTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded three grants in Massachusetts totaling $624,409 to HAP, Inc. of Springfield; Community Legal Aid, Inc. of Worcester; and the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston to assist people who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination. (See below for breakdown of MA funding)
Nationally, HUD awarded $28 million. The grants announced today are funded through HUD's Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) and will be used to investigate allegations of housing discrimination, and work to promote equal housing opportunities.
"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."
The categories of grants awarded today are:
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).
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|Content Archived: May 30, 2012|