|HUD IX No. 12-45
May 11, 2012
HUD AWARDS $325 THOUSAND HOUSING DISCRIMINATION GRANT TO COMBAT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION IN NEVADA
SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $325,000.00 to the Silver State Fair Housing Council in Reno to assist people in Nevada who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination.
The Silver State Fair Housing Council project summary:
Private Enforcement Initiative – Multi-Year – Component: $325,000
Silver State Fair Housing Council (SSFHC) will use its grant to continue its enforcement program and expand its capability to conduct systemic investigations of housing discrimination. Activities will include: establish a new branch office; conduct complaint intake and assessment, develop viable enforcement proposals and refer all bona fide claims to HUD; provide fair housing information through website, advertising, social media, and mail; develop a tool to help health care professionals write viable support letters for clients; facilitate reasonable accommodation/modification requests; continue its testing program; conduct trainings and outreach events for housing consumers and housing and social service providers; identify and track new multifamily housing, from building permits to certificates of occupancy, and conduct on-site assessments for enforcement purposes.
Read a complete project-by-project summary of the programs awarded grants today on HUD's website.
"We are pleased to provide the only federal grant support to private fair housing enforcement and education," said HUD's Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity John Trasviña. "Our local partners are essential to ending housing discrimination."
The competitive grants are funded through HUD's Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP), and are part of nearly $41.18 million distributed nationwide to 99 fair housing organizations and other non-profit agencies in 35 states and the District of Columbia. The grants will be used to enforce the Fair Housing Act through investigation and testing of alleged discriminatory practices, and to educate housing providers, local governments and potential victims of housing discrimination about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act. HUD had over $70 million in requests for FHIP, but funded only $41 million.
FHEO and its partners in the Fair Housing Assistance Program investigate more than 9,300 housing discrimination complaints annually. People who believe they are the victims of housing discrimination should contact HUD at (800) 669-9777 (voice), or (800) 927-9275 (TTY).
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