HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD Region V No. 11-156
Laura J. Feldman
(312) 913-8332
For Release
October 7, 2011


CHICAGO - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently awarded more than $2 million to Ohio organizations to assist people who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination (see below for organizations and amounts).

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."

"These funds will help grantees continue their support of fair housing initiatives to make inclusive communities a  reality for all Ohio families," said Antonio R. Riley, HUD's Midwest Regional Administrator.





Ohio Coalition On Homelessness and Housing In Ohio Columbus $125,000
  Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Inc. Dayton $125,000
  Community Legal Aid Serves, Inc. Akron $76,654
  Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Greater Cincinnati, Inc. Cincinnati $124,893
  Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc. Painesville $325,000
  Fair Housing Contact Services, Inc. Akron $325,000
  Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Inc. Dayton $325,000
  Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Inc. Dayton $325,000
  Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Inc. Dayton $325,000
Total OH  $2,076,547

The categories of grants awarded today are:

  • Private Enforcement Initiative grants (PEI) - HUD awarded $17.5 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 $4.6 million 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 $5.9 million 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 more than 10,000 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).


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 You can also follow HUD on Twitter at @HUDnews or on Facebook at, or sign up for news alerts on HUD's News Listserv.


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