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HUD No. 03-01-2011
Jerrie G. Magruder
(601) 608-1705
For Release
March 1, 2011

Record 48% increase supports local community education and enforcement efforts

JACKSON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded a $325,000 Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI) Grant to the Fair Housing Center of the Gulf Coast Region of Mississippi. A total of $40.8 million was awarded nationally to 108 fair housing organizations and non-profit agencies in 36 states and the District of Columbia to educate the public and combat housing and lending discrimination. (See the attached list of grantees). This year's award represents nationally a $13.2 million increase over last year's award and includes $10 million to fund activities that address lending discrimination, including mortgage rescue scams.

"The record increase in support to local fair housing and community organizations demonstrates the Obama Administration's firm commitment to ending housing discrimination and providing help to families victimized by
mortgage scams," stated HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.

"Ending housing discrimination takes more than the efforts of Washington," said John Trasviña, HUD's Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity. "These grants enable community groups all over the nation to help HUD enforce the Fair Housing Act, make the public more aware of their fair housing rights and ensure that housing providers understand their responsibilities under the law."

"This additional funding is both timely and necessary as we work to educate the public and fight housing and lending discrimination and mortgage rescue scams," said Ed Jennings, Jr. HUD Southeast Regional Administrator.

The grants announced today are funded through HUD's Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) and 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.

The categories grants were awarded in include:

  • Private Enforcement Initiative grants (PEI) - HUD awarded $28 million to support organization that investigate alleged housing discrimination, and enforce the Fair Housing Act and state and local laws that are substantially equivalent to the Act. Groups will also use the funding to conduct testing to protect individuals living in minority neighborhoods from mortgage rescue scams.

  • Education and Outreach Initiative grants (EOI) - HUD awarded $6.8 million to organizations that educate the public and housing providers about their rights and obligations under federal, state, and local fair housing laws. Groups will also conduct fair lending workshops, community meetings, and individual counseling activities focused on homeowners at risk for discrimination.

  • Fair Housing Organizations Initiative grants (FHOI) - HUD awarded $6 million to organizations serving rural and immigrant populations in areas lacking existing fair housing organizations, or otherwise underserved. Included will be activities that provide direct assistance to victims of fraudulent or predatory mortgage rescue schemes.


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

Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) Grants Fiscal Year 2010

State Recipient Grant Type Amount
AL Central Alabama Fair Housing Center PEI $274,000
Fair Housing Center of Northern Alabama PEI $275,000
Mobile Fair Housing Center, Inc. EOI $118,734
PEI $275,000
AZ Arizona Fair Housing Center PEI $325,000
Southwest Fair Housing Council EOI $124,786
PEI $274,309
PEI $323,689
CA Bay Area Legal Aid PEI $325,000
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. PEI $275,000
PEI $250,000
Fair Housing Council of Central California PEI $293,580
Fair Housing of Marin PEI $324,997
Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. (GBLA) FHOI $441,743
Housing and Economic Rights Advocates FHOI $145,210
Inland Mediation Board FHOI $726,993
PEI $325,000
Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. EOI $115,500
Orange County Fair Housing Council, Inc. PEI $304,000
Project Sentinel, Inc. PEI $273,788
San Francisco Consumer Action EOI $1,000,000
Southern California Housing Rights Center PEI $324,938
The Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc. PEI $397,403
CT Connecticut Fair Housing Center, Inc. EOI $125,000
PEI $325,000
DC Equal Rights Center PEI $325,000
Housing Counseling Services EOI $125,000
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law FHOI $499,992
National Community Reinvestment Coalition EOI $232,707
FHOI $486,601
PEI $500,000
PEI $315,256
National Fair Housing Alliance EOI $1,000,000
EOI $767,293
FHOI $994,211
PEI $498,640
DE Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. PEI $297,657
FL Affordable Housing Centers of America EOI $79,819
Bay Area Legal Services, Inc. PEI $278,914
Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc. PEI $300,000
PEI $325,000
Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches, Inc. PEI $311,694
Fair Housing Continuum, Inc. PEI $315,000
Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc. EOI $125,000
PEI $325,000
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. EOI $124,743
PEI $274,752
PEI $499,970
Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc. EOI $125,000
Mid-Florida Housing Partnership, Inc. EOI $125,000
GA Metro Fair Housing Services, Inc. PEI $275,000
HI Legal Aid Society of Hawaii PEI $275,000
ID Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. EOI $103,699
Intermountain Fair Housing Council, Inc. PEI $324,839
IL Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago PEI $325,000
Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. PEI $325,000
HOPE Fair Housing Center PEI $274,491
Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs PEI $235,687
John Marshall Law School PEI $274,958
Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. EOI $125,000
SER Jobs for Progress, Inc PEI $140,369
South Suburban Housing Center PEI $273,505
PEI $150,000
The John Marshall Law School EOI $99,980
EOI $124,994
KS Urban League of Kansas Inc. FHOI $273,007
KY Lexington Fair Housing Council, Inc. PEI $260,477
LA Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, Inc. EOI $125,000
PEI $325,000
MA Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston PEI $274,750
PEI $500,000
HAP, Inc. EOI $121,637
Housing Discrimination Project PEI $325,000
Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts PEI $237,933
ME Pine Tree Legal Assistance PEI $325,000
MI Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan PEI $183,549
PEI $302,766
Fair Housing Center of West Michigan PEI $274,604
Fair Housing of Metropolitan Detroit PEI $180,740
MN Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis PEI $325,000
PEI $356,365
Minneapolis Urban League EOI $124,447
MO Metropolitan St.Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council PEI $272,614
Missouri Commission on Human Rights EOI $124,917
MS Fair Housing Center of the Gulf Coast Region of Mississippi PEI $325,000
MT City of Billings EOI $125,000
Montana Fair Housing, Inc. PEI $176,652
NE Family Housing Advisory Services, Inc. PEI $275,000
High Plains Community Development Corp., Inc. EOI $120,570
NH New Hampshire Legal Assistance PEI $324,972
NJ Fair Housing Council of Northern New Jersey PEI $325,000
NV Silver State Fair Housing Council PEI $268,606
NY AAFE Community Development Fund, Inc. EOI $100,000
Fair Housing Council of Central New York, Inc. PEI $323,870
Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc. PEI $263,846
Legal Assistance of Western NY, Inc. PEI $277,000
Legal Services NYC Staten Island PEI $471,932
Long Island Housing Services PEI $275,000
Neighborhood Econ. Dev. Advocacy Project EOI $125,000
EOI $22,376
Queens Legal Services Corporation FHOI $498,753
South Brooklyn Legal Services, Inc. FHOI $427,587
PEI $325,000
Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc. PEI $110,656
OH Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. FHOI $499,999
Fair Housing Contact Services PEI $275,000
Fair Housing Opportunities dba Fair Housing Center PEI $275,000
Fair Housing Opportunities Inc. dba Fair Housing Center EOI $125,000
Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc. EOI $125,000
PEI $275,000
Housing Advocates, Inc. PEI $275,000
Housing Opportunities Made equal of Greater Cincinnati, Inc. EOI $124,025
PEI $324,359
Housing Research & Advocacy Center PEI $325,000
Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Inc. EOI $125,000
PEI $500,000
OK Metropolitan Fair Housing Council of Oklahoma, Inc. PEI $324,808
OR Fair Housing Council of Oregon PEI $325,000
PA Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia, Inc. PEI $274,818
Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh FHOI $98,563
PEI $275,000
Fair Housing Rights Center of Southeastern Pennsylvania PEI $275,000
Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc. EOI $125,000
PEI $325,000
St. Martin Center, Inc. EOI $125,000
SC Charleston Trident Urban League, Inc. EOI $125,000
TN Tennessee Fair Housing Council, Inc. PEI $275,000
West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc. FHOI $957,166
PEI $275,000
TX Austin Tenants Council Inc PEI $324,723
Greater Houston Fair Housing Center, Inc PEI $325,000
San Antonio Fair Housing Council, Inc. PEI $275,000
VA Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. PEI $149,404
VT Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity EOI $125,000
Vermont Legal Aid, Inc. PEI $325,000
WA Fair Housing Center of Washington PEI $275,000
Northwest Fair Housing Alliance PEI $325,000
WI Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, Inc. EOI $124,773
PEI $274,921


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