Fighting Housing Discrimination: 1997 Grants
HUD Awards $15 Million in Grants to Nationwide Network of Private Fair Housing Groups
The following private non-profit groups and cities are receiving funding from HUD through the Private Fair Housing Initiative Program (FHIP). FHIP grants are awarded through a competitive process. Recipients play a critical role in fighting housing discrimination by providing counseling and education on fair housing and by working in partnership with HUD to investigate claims of civil rights violations in towns and cities across the nation.
The Greater Birmingham Fair Housing Center will receive $350,000 to conduct 270 investigations of alleged discrimination in rental, sales, lending, insurance and accessibility practices.
The Central Alabama Fair Housing Center will receive $350,000 to fully investigate and resolve 200 complaints of discriminatory practices in housing rental, sales and mortgage lending.
The Arkansas Fair Housing Center will receive $340,503 to conduct fair housing investigations to support civil enforcement actions. The Center will investigate for discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, familial status or handicap.
Arkansas ACORN Fair Housing will receive $100,000 to establish a Fair Housing Conflict Resolution Committee which will coordinate fair housing programs, mediate conflicts arising from integration, advise city officials and bring together residents of all races and housing industry representatives.
The Southern Arizona Housing Center will receive $349,710 for a comprehensive fair housing project that will include housing discrimination complaint processing and investigation and statewide education and outreach to promote fair housing.
The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund will receive $199,811 for complaint intake, investigation and resolution of housing practices that discriminate based on disability. They will also train attorneys and fair housing advocates on disability issues.
The Fair Housing Council of Fresno County will receive $349,702 to investigate alleged discrimination in the residential rental, sales, insurance and financing markets. The FHC will refer investigated complaints to local attorneys and government agencies and assist complainants through the initial complaint and legal processes.
The Inland Mediation Board will receive $306,541 for a comprehensive fair housing project that will include investigation of alleged housing discrimination, community outreach and the creation of educational materials and seminars about housing discrimination.
The Metro Denver Fair Housing Center of Housing For All, will receive $339,474 to conduct investigations of discrimination in rental, sales, lending and accessibility issues for further enforcement. The group will also conduct town meetings, establish a mediation clinic, design an accessibility handbook, conduct seminars for builders and developers, and organize a Property Insurance Council to obtain industry cooperation.
The NEWSED Community Development Corporation will receive $198,726 to set up a housing discrimination help-line, investigate discrimination in housing rental, sales and lending, and refer complaints for federal processing and/or private litigation. NEWSED will provide fair housing information to at least 25 new groups. Funding will also allow for community education and outreach through participation in community forums, and the development and distribution of brochures, public service announcements and other fair housing material.
The Connecticut Fair Housing Center will receive $350,000 to investigate and file 500 fair housing complaints. It will coordinate regional efforts to monitor and strengthen housing and educational desegregation programs.
Housing Opportunities of Northern Delaware, Inc. will receive $50,427 to perform fair housing investigations in the cities of Wilmington and New Castle, and Kent and Sussex Counties.
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The National Community Reinvestment Coalition will receive $200,000 to train community-based organizations in New Mexico and Mississippi to research and resolve discriminatory housing and mortgage lending practices.
The Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington (FHCGW) will receive $200,000 to create a full service Fair Housing Center in rural Virginia and expand the fair housing programs of existing facilities. The FHCGW will conduct investigations, including complaints referred by agencies counseling Section 8 (mixed income housing) mobility clients.
The Fair Housing Continuum will receive $350,000 to conduct 150 complaint-based investigations of alleged discrimination in housing sales and lending. The Continuum will audit housing for compliance with accessibility requirements and will refer appropriate cases for civil enforcement.
Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, (HOPE) Inc. will receive $350,000 to perform investigations in the South Florida area on a full range of discriminatory housing practices. HOPE will provide investigative support and refer complaints for civil enforcement.
The City of Savannah will receive $78,010 to establish comprehensive fair housing education programs targeting potential homebuyers, housing providers and community activists. The group will also organize a Fair Housing Conference.
The Idaho Fair Housing Council will receive $349,780 for a comprehensive fair housing project that will include complaint processing and investigation, fair housing education/outreach training, the creation of a revolving legal fund and a statewide education campaign.
Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. will receive $198,000 to establish fair housing enforcement programs focusing on disabilities related discrimination. This program will utilize regional resources to service previously unserved and under-served populations.
Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago will receive $46,254 to develop a national fair housing education campaign, provide training to disabled consumers, advocacy and support groups, housing providers and government housing agencies. Seminars will be held in three regions.
The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. will receive $98,230 to help with the relocation of residents as a result of the demolition of public housing units. Services provided will include the issuance of Section 8 certificates and vouchers.
The Illinois Department of Human Rights will receive $99,669 to develop a statewide comprehensive statewide Fair Housing web site to serve as a clearinghouse for fair housing information.
The Interfaith Housing Center will receive $350,000 to investigate and refer for enforcement alleged discrimination in residential rental, sales, lending and insurance based on race, familial status and national origin.
The Kentucky Commission on Civil Rights will receive $100,000 for a project to address the needs of persons with disabilities.
The Fair Housing Council of Kentucky will receive $349,997 to conduct investigations in the areas of rental, sales, insurance and accessibility. The FHC will file complaints based on evidence gathered during these investigations.
The Louisiana Fair Housing Organization will receive $350,000 to conduct investigations in the areas of sales, mortgage lending and insurance and will provide training to minority and disability advocacy groups, attorneys and entitlement jurisdictions.
Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. will receive $262,178 to conduct investigations into allegations of discriminatory sales and rental practices in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, and conduct site surveys and analyses for accessibility.
The National Association of Homebuilders Research Center, Inc. will receive $103,746 to conduct a national training program in 20 cities on accessibility guidelines for architects, builders, owners of multifamily units and local building code officials.
The STAVROS Center for Independent Living will receive $200,000 to provide fair housing intake, investigation and enforcement for persons with disabilities. STAVROS will also conduct education and outreach activities, further develop the fair housing program of the state's ten independent living centers and assist coordination efforts between disability organizations and fair housing agencies.
The Housing Discrimination Project, Inc. will receive $98,450 to expand its education and outreach work in western Massachusetts to provide fair housing support services and new housing options and assistance for displaced residents.
The Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing will receive $99,846 to produce interactive educational programs intended to combat racial tension, support local initiatives and welcome newcomers moving from impoverished areas.
The Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis will receive $349,997 to provide counseling and servicing of discrimination complaints and referral services to at least 600 complainants.
Legal Aid of Western Missouri will receive $199,101 to continue the operation of fair housing programs that focus on the enforcement of design and development discrimination in new multi-family housing developments.
The Kansas City Fair Housing Center will receive $69,609 to conduct housing rental, sales, lending and insurance investigations for civil and judicial enforcement. The FHC will accept and investigate complaints and monitor compliance with advertising requirements.
Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Opportunity Council will receive $349,604 to conduct investigations of discrimination in housing rental, sales, lending and insurance practices. The EOC will develop mediation services, recruit and train attorneys and produce a quarterly newsletter and annual forum.
Montana Fair Housing, Inc. will receive $100,000 to conduct community outreach and education. They will establish fair housing planning committees in Wyoming, South Dakota and North Dakota, where few avenues currently exist for enforcement of fair housing laws.
Family Housing Advisory Services, Inc. will receive $350,000 to assist victims of housing discrimination in rental, sales, lending, insurance, appraisal, harassment and design/construction.
The Greater Nevada Fair Housing Council will receive $258,510 for a comprehensive fair housing project that will include: complaint-driven investigations; fair housing education/outreach materials; education/outreach seminars; and mediation services.
Truckee Meadows Fair Housing, Inc. will receive $350,000 to conduct investigations of discrimination in housing rental and sales and to enhance investigative and mediation activities. The group will provide funds for litigation and conduct annual educational seminars for attorneys.
New Hampshire Legal Assistance will receive $256,492 to conduct 120 complaint-based and targeted investigations where there is evidence of discrimination.
Albuquerque Protection and Advocacy Systems, Inc.(PAS) will receive $199,635 for a disability rights project addressing accessibility, zoning and other housing issues. PAS will conduct education and outreach activities and will investigate and resolve complaints.
Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc. of Buffalo will receive $216,712 to accept and process fair housing complaints and investigate alleged discrimination in housing rental, sales, insurance underwriting and lending. HOME will mediate cases of discrimination and prepare cases for administrative or judicial enforcement.
Long Island Housing Services will receive $350,000 to investigate 200 housing discrimination complaints. Complaints accepted may involve mortgage lending, insurance, sales, appraisal and/or residential rental. In addition, LHS will monitor at least 12 new construction sites for accessibility compliance.
Queens Legal Services Corporation will receive $100,000 to identify housing discrimination practices in Queens. The group will create a housing discrimination hot-line, conduct investigations, coordinate with local enforcement agencies and community based organizations providing fair housing services, and conduct fair housing community forums.
Monroe County Legal Assistance Corporation will receive $182,274 to increase reporting of discrimination by victims. Activities will include complaint intake, investigations, audits, referral, education and outreach.
The Fair Housing Council of Central New York will receive $154,659 to conduct 250 paired tests of rental, sales and insurance practices and refer at least 30 cases for administrative or judicial enforcement.
Elizabeth City State University will receive $100,000 to establish a Fair Housing Advisory Board in rural North Carolina, conduct a fair housing media campaign, provide fair housing education to real estate agents, local government and rural residents and promote increased minority representation in the real estate profession.
The North Carolina Fair Housing Center will receive $200,000 to investigate, mediate, conciliate and enforce complaints of housing discrimination; investigate for design and construction violations and discrimination against Hispanics and African Americans; and recruit and train 20 attorneys.
North Dakota Fair Housing, Inc. will receive $349,879 to conduct investigations of rental housing in North Dakota and conduct further enforcement activities where appropriate. NDFH will develop and distribute public service announcements and newsletters and hold fair housing workshops.
Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Greater Cincinnati will receive $305,171 to investigate allegations of discrimination based on race, familial status and disability in residential rental and sales.
The Housing Advocates, Inc. will receive $100,000 to focus on fair housing laws and how they apply to the issues of mortgage lending and property insurance for the Hispanic consumer.
Cuyahoga Plan of Ohio, Inc. will receive $350,000 to accept and process complaints and perform 540 investigations in Section 8 rental, sales, insurance, mortgage lending, appraisal and accessibility practices and to conduct administrative and judicial enforcement based on results.
The City of Parma will receive $80,331 for a project to inform people of their fair housing rights. Parma will also provide support and follow-up resources to new minority residents, publish a resource directory for minority residents and create a community advisory council to plan a forum on race relations.
The Toledo Fair Housing Center will receive $200,000 to accept complaints involving alleged discrimination in sales, mortgage lending, and residential insurance underwriting. The Toledo FHC will also audit new multi-family dwellings for compliance with accessibility requirements.
The Eugene, Springfield and Lane County Housing Resource Board will receive $99,984 to help Independent Living Centers provide fair housing counseling and information on available housing to their members via an Internet listing of accessible units.
The Fair Housing Council of Oregon will receive $350,000 for a comprehensive fair housing project that will include complaint acceptance, processing and investigation as well as management of a revolving legal fund.
The Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh will receive $349,328 to accept and investigate housing discrimination claims and to expand investigations into four new counties. Enforcement efforts will include rental, sales, mortgage lending and insurance underwriting and will focus on discrimination based on race, familial status and disability.
The Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia will receive $350,000 to conduct investigations of housing rental, sales and mortgage lending and will audit multi-family properties for compliance with accessibility guidelines.
West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc. will receive $100,000 for an education project to reduce housing related intimidation and violence through the creation of a fair housing network in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.
The City of Memphis will receive $100,000 for a campaign to inform renters and home seekers of their fair housing rights and resources through billboards, car cards, TV spots, radio PSAs and distribution of fact sheets, posters, promotional items and a Renters' Guide.
The Tennessee Fair Housing Council will receive $149,949 to expand its existing national fair housing web site to handle increasing volume and to enhance current site features.
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The Disability Law Center of Salt Lake City will receive $200,000 to conduct community outreach and to accept and investigate complaints. The Law Center will process both individual and systemic complaints under the Fair Housing Act provisions protecting persons with disabilities.
Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity will receive $181,665 to conduct 100 complaint-based and targeted fair housing investigations for administrative and judicial enforcement. Champlain Valley will provide legal assistance to victims, conduct fair housing seminars and conduct education and outreach activities on discrimination of all types but will focus particularly on the issues of familial status, race and disability-based discrimination.
The North East Wisconsin Fair Housing Council will receive $297,305 to provide intake, investigation and referral services based on disability and national origin to Hmong, Latino and Native Americans. Victims of discrimination will be referred to private attorneys as appropriate.
The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council will receive $45,274 to establish a partnership between fair housing groups and disability advocates to provide training and technical assistance on fair housing to individuals, disability organizations, private attorneys and building inspectors.
The Fair Housing Center of South Puget Sound will receive $350,000 for a comprehensive fair housing project that will include: complaint processing and investigation; complaint-driven investigations; systemic audits; and fair housing education and training.
The Seattle Office for Civil Rights will receive $96,305 to implement community-based education, outreach and counseling intended to promote equal housing opportunities for Ethiopian, Eritrean and Latin American immigrant populations in Seattle.
Content Archived: January 20, 2009