HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. Region VI: 11-08
Patricia Campbell
(817) 978-5974
For Release
March 3, 2011

Metropolitan Fair Housing Council of Oklahoma, Inc Receives Grant

OKLAHOMA CITY - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded the Metropolitan Fair Housing Council of Oklahoma, Inc, a $324,808 grant to educate the public and combat housing and lending discrimination.

Nationally, a total of $40.8 million was awarded to 108 fair housing organizations and non-profit agencies in 36 states and the District of Columbia, a $13.2 million increase over last year's award. Ten million dollars of that will fund activities that address lending discrimination, including mortgage rescue scams targeted to minorities.

"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.

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 Metropolitan Fair Housing Council of Oklahoma, Inc. (MFHC) will specifically use its $324,808 Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI) grant to conduct complaint intake services; to provide complaint-based tests (rental, sales, lending) and systemic tests, and to conduct disability accessibility audits of covered, multi-family housing. MFHC will also partner with public and private organizations in Oklahoma to provide education about fair housing/fair lending practices; renters' rights; reasonable accommodation in housing for the disabled; and foreclosure prevention and loss mitigation to increase homeownership, rental opportunities and help prevent homelessness.


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