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January 12, 2004
BUSH ADMINISTRATION AWARDS $17.6 MILLION IN FAIR HOUSING
GRANTS TO CONTINUE FIGHT AGAINST HOUSING BIAS
Piedmont Housing Alliance in Charlottesville & Office of Human Affairs in Newport News Win HUD Fair Housing Education and Outreach Grants
WASHINGTON - The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced
today it has awarded $17.6 million
in grants to fair housing groups in 39 states and the District of Columbia as part of the Bush Administration's efforts
to curb housing discrimination.
The Office of Human Affairs in Newport News won a grant of $67,567 and the Piedmont Housing Alliance in Charlottesville won a grant of $62,559 as part of today's announcement. Only 121 grants were awarded nationwide.
"Today's announcement is another step toward ensuring that Americans have equal access to safe and affordable housing," said HUD Acting Secretary Alphonso Jackson. "We will not allow discrimination to stop families across this nation from living in any home, apartment or neighborhood they can afford."
The grants were awarded today by HUD's Fair Housing Initiatives
Program to groups that will use the funds to investigate allegations
of housing discrimination, educate the public and housing industry
discrimination laws, and work to promote fair housing.
Three types of grants were awarded to groups in 96 cities:
Private Enforcement Initiative grants - About $10.2
million was awarded to assist private, tax-exempt fair
housing enforcement organizations in the investigation and enforcement of alleged violations of the Fair Housing
Act and State and local fair housing laws.
Education and Outreach Initiative grants - About
$5.3 million was allocated to groups to educate the public
about the rights and obligations under federal, state and local fair housing laws. Nearly $800,000 went to ten
groups that focus on the needs of persons with disabilities.
Fair Housing Organizations Initiative grants - About
$2.1 million was awarded for projects that serve rural
and immigrant populations in underserved areas or where there currently is no existing fair housing organization.
In 2002, HUD released a study titled Discrimination in Metropolitan
Housing Markets: Phase I, which documented
that despite a decline during the last decade, housing discrimination still exists at unacceptable levels. Last year, HUD, in partnership with The Advertising Council and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund, recently released an award-winning, edgy multimedia campaign designed to fight housing discrimination by showing the many faces of those persons protected by the nation's 35-year-old Fair Housing Act.
Since the program's inception in 1989, nearly $226 million has been awarded to some 1070 organizations. Twenty eight organizations selected for this year's awards are first-time applicants. HUD received applications from 215 groups seeking grants for the fiscal year 2003 assistance. Grants were awarded to 121 projects in the following locations:
|District of Columbia||$466,142|
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as
well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and espanol.hud.gov.