North Dakota Field Office Director
October 16, 2007
FAIR HOUSING OF THE DAKOTAS AWARDED $220,547.57 HUD GRANT TO HELP FIGHT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION
WASHINGTON - Fair Housing of the Dakotas (FHD) received a Private Enforcement Initiative grant of $220,547.57. FHD will conduct fair housing enforcement, education, and outreach activities in North Dakota and South Dakota. Specifically, FHD will conduct tests of rental housing providers and mortgage lenders for evidence of unlawful discrimination; hold 24 fair housing workshops on a range of topics, including accessibility and predatory lending;
and distribute 30,000 fair housing publications.
Fair Housing of the Dakotas 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
FHEO and its partners in the Fair Housing Assistance Program investigate approximately 9,000 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 by signing up for the FHEO RSS Feed.
NOTE: A list of all the grant recipients is available on the HUD website.