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October 11, 2007
RICHMOND GROUP AWARDED $100,000 HUD GRANT TO HELP FIGHT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION
WASHINGTON - Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc. (H.O.M.E.) of Richmond has been awarded a $100,000 Fair Housing Initiative s Program grant by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. H.O.M.E. was one
of 88 grantees competitively selected by HUD for grants totaling $17.1 million awarded to organizations in 37 states and the District of Columbia.
"Last year there were a record 10,328 housing discrimination complaints filed with HUD and its state and local partners," said Kim Kendrick, HUD's Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. "These grants will allow us to continue with efforts to educate the public and the housing industry about their rights and
responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act."
The grants, funded through HUD's Fair Housing Initiatives Program, 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.
This year's grants were awarded under one of two initiatives:
- Private Enforcement Initiative grants (PEI) - HUD awarded $14 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 $3.1 million to groups that educate the public and housing providers about their rights and obligations under federal, state, and local fair housing
H.O.M.E. will use the $100,000 in HUD funds to conduct fair housing education and outreach among African Americans, persons with limited English proficiency, veterans, and municipal officials in the Hampton Roads area. Activities will include the mailing of fair housing fact sheets in English and Spanish to some 400,000 households, appearing on a local Spanish-language radio station, and translating fact sheets into other languages as needed. H.O.M.E. also will partner with the Family Housing Office at Langley Air Force Base to conduct at least four
workshops on fair housing, predatory lending, and financial literacy for 80 military personnel and their families and
train Langley staff to provide additional workshops. H.O.M.E. also will educate the executive leadership of seven
local governments to identify ways they can affirmatively further fair housing.
FHEO and its partners in the Fair Housing Assistance Program investigate approximately 10,328 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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