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Fighting Housing Discrimination
FY 1998 Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) Awards
(Alphabetical by state, and city within the state)

ALABAMA

The Fair Housing Agency of Alabama, based in Mobile, received $94,718 to continue maintenance and enforcement of fair housing laws in Southern Alabama and assist residents to exercise their fair housing rights.

The Mobile Fair Housing Center received $199,287 to provide fair housing activities in Southern Alabama. Enforcement action will be conducted in both the Stateís metropolitan and rural areas. The grant will enable the organization to expand its capacity to provide fair housing enforcement services that address the needs of people with disabilities.

ARIZONA

The Arizona Center for Disability Law, with offices in both Phoenix and Tucson, received $200,000 to enforce fair housing rights for persons with disabilities in Arizona.

CALIFORNIA

California Rural Legal Assistance, based in San Francisco, received $100,000 to develop, implement and coordinate a fair housing public education campaign in agricultural regions of the state.

The Fair Housing Council of Riverside County received $202,357 to expand and enhance private enforcement and education outreach components of its present fair housing program and to expand services.

The Fair Housing Council of Fresno received $100,000 for outreach and education to consumers, housing providers and government officials in the Central Valley of California. The Council will also provide individual assistance to consumers.

The Fair Housing Council of San Gabriel Valley in Pasadena received $291,850 to help remove barriers to fair housing.

Sentinel Fair Housing of Oakland received $349,900 to provide technical assistance, recruit and train new rental housing testers, provide for complaint intake, and undertake tests for accessibility.

Community Legal Services, based in San Jose, received $350,000 to provide fair housing advocacy for people of various protected classes. The organization will also investigate complaints, undertake testing and do referrals.

The Fair Housing Council of Marin, in San Rafael, received $297,485 to work with traditional civil rights groups located in Sonoma City, an area underserved by fair housing organizations.

COLORADO Newsed Community Development Corporation of Denver received $305,158 for testing, complaint referral, pre-application tests of non-regulated lenders and regulated lenders, and referrals of fair housing/fair lending complaints to HUD.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law of Washington, DC received $93,259 to conduct an 18-month campaign of testing, administrative enforcement and litigation in northern Virginia. The Mental Health Center will work with Independent Living Centers to assist people with disabilities to exercise their fair housing rights.

GEORGIA

Metropolitan Fair Housing Services received $277,000 to address all discriminatory housing practices against Georgiaís Hispanic communities.

ILLINOIS

Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago received $350,000 for disability projects that address the fair housing enforcement needs of persons with disabilities.

The John Marshall Law School received $349,972 to contribute to the goal of substantially increasing enforcement actions with vigorous testing and enforcement.

Latinos United of Chicago received $100,000 to develop a comprehensive Latino suburban fair housing program.

St. Clair County received $99,994 to target predominantly African-American inner city, low- and moderate-income people for rental, sales, and lending education and to provide outreach to the homeless for rental education.

INDIANA

Northwest Indiana Open Housing received $218,366 to employ rental and sales tests in an effort to stamp out housing discrimination.

KENTUCKY

The Lexington Fair Housing Council received $349,995 to continue enforcement of fair housing laws through testing, filing of complaints, complaint processing, enforcement, and analysis of impediments and related activities.

LOUISIANA

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center received $350,000 to counteract housing discrimination on behalf of all protected classes in all housing markets, through a variety of methods.

MASSACHUSETTS

The Housing Demonstration Project in Holyoke received $243,430 to work with traditional civil rights groups and the Legal Assistance Corporation of Massachusetts, to work on fair housing issues and concerns.

MICHIGAN

The Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit received $350,000 to conduct housing discrimination activities in 11 counties served by regional fair housing organizations.

MINNESOTA

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services received $337,750 for a fair housing enforcement project that will extend enforcement services to reach all protected classes.

MISSOURI

Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council received $71,282 to increase work on discrimination complaints from immigrants and homebuyers through seminars, focus groups and public forums.

The Kansas City Fair Housing Center received $350,000 to continue its outreach and collaboration with local consortiums and to extend partnerships with community education programs.

MONTANA

Montana Fair Housing, based in Missoula, received $350,000 to conduct education and outreach and perform testing and other investigative activities that can lead to the filing of fair housing complaints, particularly from Native Americans.

Billings Community Housing Resource Board received $98,626 to provide people with disabilities, Native Americans, women and the housing industry with information on fair housing laws and rights.

NEVADA

The Nevada Fair Housing Center in Las Vegas received $204,679 to conduct private enforcement activities including complaint intake, referral, testing, and conciliation of fair housing claims.

NEW JERSEY The Fair Housing Council of Northern New Jersey received $350,000 to conduct fair housing testing in Northern New Jersey.

NEW YORK Asian Americans for Equality, based in New York City, received $213,626 for fair housing efforts targeted to the growing Asian American community in New York City.

The Open Housing Center in New York City received $350,000 for testing, to investigate complaints of discrimination, and for education efforts.

Greater Upstate Law Project of Rochester received $52,486 to develop a statewide Electronic Center for fair housing; service areas in semi-rural New York with its web site and to train social workers in fair housing complaint intake and processing.

NORTH CAROLINIA

The Winston-Salem Human Relations Commission received $100,000 to provide education and outreach to African Americans, Hispanics, elderly and disabled, and households with children that have unmet fair housing needs.

The North Carolina Fair Housing Center received $348,557 to investigate all areas of housing discrimination, refer complaints to appropriate enforcement agencies including HUD and to investigate and test the nature and level of predatory lending and racial steering.

OHIO

The Fair Housing Center of Toledo received $300,000 to enhance its fair housing programs, combat illegal housing practices and to affirmatively further fair housing. The grant to the Fair Housing Center of Toledo will also enable it to enter into partnership with private enforcement organizations, local government agencies or traditional civil rights organizations and focus on systemic investigations of housing discrimination.

OREGON

The Oregon Advocacy Center received $182,847 to build on existing services of community training, information, referral of fair housing complaints and legal representation for victims of housing discrimination. The Center will work with the Fair Housing Council of Oregon to build upon its existing enforcement services.

PENNSYLVANIA

The Tenantís Action Group (TAG) in Philadelphia received $350,000 to expand regional fair housing activities performed by TAG under four previous FHIP grants, which also included a Delaware Valley Fair Housing Partnership. This regional partnership consists of five agencies that collectively enforced federal, state and local fair housing laws in the city of Philadelphia and its suburban counties in Delaware and southern New Jersey.

The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia received $300,000 for fair housing enforcement actions and to conduct investigations of systemic housing discrimination.

The Reading-Berks Human Relations Council of Reading received $160,000 to provide community-based fair housing intake, investigations, mediation, conciliation, testing and education services.

TENNESSEE

The Tennessee Fair Housing Council, based in Nashville, received $349,875 to continue its efforts of enforcement through testing, filing of fair housing complaints, complaint processing and the gathering and dissemination of fair housing information and data.

Memphis Area Legal Services received $124,618 to implement a program to identify and take action to remove architectural barriers to fair housing for individuals with disabilities.

TEXAS

A Fair Housing Center in Houston will be started by the National Fair Housing Alliance, which received $399,989 for the project. Houston is regarded as an underserved area Ė one that currently is not served by a private or public fair housing enforcement organization. Activities being funded under the grant will address the fair housing needs of new immigrant groups and those of other underserved populations.

Hidalgo County received $88,895 to promote equal opportunities and to eliminate fair housing barriers through a newly created fair housing center for Hildalgo County.

The San Antonio Fair Housing Council received $350,000 to sustain its relatively new organization. Funds will also be used to recruit and train testers, conduct 282 tests, investigate fair housing complaints and to undertake litigation.

The Austin Tenantís Council received $93,999 to address a high denial rate for minority home mortgage applicants and to address the lack of accessible housing in Austin, Texas.

VIRGINIA

Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Richmond received $350,000 to undertake an enforcement project which covers two thirds of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Fair Housing protections will be provided for African-Americans, Hispanics and other protected classes under the Fair Housing Act.

WASHINGTON

The Northwest Fair Housing Alliance (NWFHA) received $350,000 to continue its enforcement activities in Spokane and to extend its services to immigrants and American Indian citizens.

Content Archived: January 20, 2009

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