October 11, 2007
CHAMPLAIN VALLEY OFFICE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AWARDED FUNDING TO HELP FIGHT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded a grant of $100,000 to the Champlain
Valley Office of Economic Opportunity to help fight housing discrimination. The grant, part of $17.1 million awarded nationwide, is funded under the Fair Housing Initiatives Program 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 Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity will provide fair housing information and training to municipal officials and the public. Specifically, CVOEO will educate municipal officials on affirmatively furthering fair housing by conducting presentations, developing and distributing an educational DVD in partnership with Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, and conducting an analysis of regulatory barriers to affordable housing in Chittenden County. In addition, CVOEO will promote public awareness of fair housing by conducting two community meetings
on fair housing for persons with disabilities; distributing 7,500 informational brochures; and developing and airing a public service announcement on radio stations.
"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 an
d responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act."
FHEO and its partners in the Fair Housing Assistance Program investigate approximately 10,000 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.
NOTE: For information on the local grant, please contact the grantee. For information on the FHIP program or on
the Fair Housing Act, please contact Kristine Foye at (617) 994-8218 or via email at Kristine.firstname.lastname@example.org.