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HUD No. 02-139
Contact: Peggy Johannsen
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For Release
November 19, 2002


WASHINGTON - The Department of Housing and Urban Development's fight against illegal housing discrimination in America got a boost today with the announcement of $20.3 million in grants to fair housing groups in 78 cities around the country.

"These fair housing grants will help meet the Bush Administration's goal of increasing minority homeownership by 5.5 million families by the end of the decade," explained Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez. "Every American should have equal access to housing opportunities and today's announcement is another step in that direction."

The groups will use the funds to investigate allegations of housing discrimination, educate the public and housing industry about housing discrimination laws, and work to promote fair housing. The grants are funded under HUD's Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP).

The grants are allocated as follows:

  • Private Enforcement Initiative - About $12.2 million was awarded for 12-18 month grants of up to $275,000 to assist private, tax-exempt fair housing enforcement organizations in the investigation and enforcement of alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act and substantially equivalent State and local fair housing laws.

  • Education and Outreach Initiative - About $6.3 million was allocated for one-year grants of up to $100,000 to inform and educate the public about the rights and obligations under federal, state and local fair housing laws. About $825,000 of the grant money, which went to 10 groups, is specifically going to programs that have a special focus on the fair housing needs of persons with disabilities, so that housing providers, the general public, and persons with disabilities themselves better understand their rights and obligations.

  • Fair Housing Organizations Initiative - About $1.8 million was awarded for three-year grants of up to $350,000 per year for projects that serve rural and immigrant populations in areas where there currently is no existing fair housing organization, or are otherwise under-served.

HUD received applications from 225 groups for the fiscal year 2002 assistance. FHIP grants went to 99 groups in the following locations:

Alabama - $822,715 Montana - $259,481
Arizona - $374,922 Nebraska - $254,457
California - $1.2 million Nevada - $265,014
Colorado - $368,675 New Hampshire - $258,000
Connecticut - $ 254,558 New Jersey - $363,378
Delaware - $64,000 New Mexico - $373,890
*District of Columbia - $3.4 million New York - $1.1 million
Florida - $1.9 million North Carolina - $272,879
Georgia - $196,281 North Dakota $273,810
Hawaii - $100,000 Ohio - $375,000
Idaho - $374,989 Oklahoma - $60,921
Illinois - $1.7 million Oregon - $374,372
Iowa - $98,543 Pennsylvania - $415,215
Kansas - $100,000 Rhode Island - $100,000
Kentucky - $333,659 South Carolina - $85,936
Louisiana - $473,424 Tennessee - $373,683
Maine - $100,000 Texas - $409,441
Massachusetts - $274,995 Vermont - $245,427
Michigan - $100,000 Virginia - $166,655
Minnesota - $384,356 Washington - $650,000
Mississippi - $100,000 Wisconsin - $374,999
Missouri - $274,994 Wyoming - $198,185

*One DC grant will go toward starting a new group in Indianapolis.

Read project descriptions of grant awards in individual communities, by state.

A recent HUD study shows that housing discrimination has gone down over the last decade in America but still exists at unacceptable levels. Discrimination in Metropolitan Housing Markets: Phase I researched in 20 metropolitan areas nationwide, shows that housing discrimination against African Americans and Hispanics looking to buy a home is down more than 25 percent since 1989. For those seeking to rent a unit, housing discrimination against African Americans is down 18 percent, but is unchanged for Hispanics.

HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities, creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans, 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



Anyone who believes they have experienced housing discrimination is asked to call HUD's Housing Discrimination Hotline at 1-800-669-9777. They also can visit HUD's website.

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