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HUD No. 10-03
Alan Gelfand
(973) 776-7205
For Release
Friday
February 5, 2010

HUD AWARDS $375,000 TO NEW JERSEY TO FIGHT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION
2 local agencies to receive Fair Housing Initiatives Program Funding

NEWARK - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development just awarded $375,000 to two New Jersey non-profit groups to assist people who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination. The grants are part of over $26 million awarded nationwide to 98 fair housing organizations and other non-profit agencies to help combat housing discrimination. (Summaries of New Jersey grantees are attached).

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.

"In 2010, the fight for fair housing across America continues. The organizations we are funding are respected and trusted groups that emerged from a very competitive process," stated John Trasviña, HUD's Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing Equal Opportunity. "They will help HUD enforce the law and educate the public about their rights and responsibilities under the law."

The categories grants were awarded in are:

  • Private Enforcement Initiative grants (PEI) - HUD awarded $21.1 million nationwide 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 nationwide to groups that
    educate the public and housing providers about their rights and obligations under federal, state, and local
    fair housing laws.
  • Fair Housing Organizations Initiative (FHOI) - HUD awarded $2.1 million nationwide to groups that
    serve rural and immigrant populations in areas where there currently is no existing fair housing organization,
    or are otherwise underserved.

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 (800) 669-9777 (voice), (800) 927-9275 (TTY). Additional information is available at www.hud.gov/fairhousing. Stay on top of the most up-to-date news regarding the Fair Housing Act by signing up
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New Jersey Grantees

Citizen Action of New Jersey
Newark
Education and Outreach - General Component- $100,000
Citizen Action of New Jersey will use its grant to address predatory lending practices, including recent abusive
trends within the subprime market, and to generate Fair Housing Act complaints to HUD. The program will increase knowledge and understanding of community leaders about predatory lending in NJ so they may recognize and inform clients how to identify, screen, and report fair lending complaints. The program will also coordinate and conduct four train-the-trainer workshops for 60 community leaders; conduct 100 consumer workshops for LMI, minorities, LEP, seniors, and disabled adults; develop and distribute materials and 4 mini-modules targeted to specific audiences;
and coordinate a print and broadcast public education media campaign to reach 200,000 people.


Fair Housing Council of Northern New Jersey
Hackensack
Private Enforcement Initiative - Performance Based Component - $275,000

Fair Housing Council of Northern New Jersey will use its grant to conduct a statewide rigorous fair housing and investigations project. FHCNN will train 90 testers, conduct approximately 540 rental/sales tests, distribute 6,000
fair housing brochures to community groups, faith-based organizations, local shops, and markets and other places people congregate. The project will also serve all protected classes, with a focus race and color, as well as persons with disabilities and LEP families.

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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; andtransform the way HUD does business. More information
about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.

 

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