HUD No. 06-123
October 2, 2006
HUD AWARDS $18.1 MILLION IN GRANTS TO HELP FIGHT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION
WASHINGTON - The Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $18.1 million in grants to 102 groups in 85 cities throughout the nation to help reduce housing discrimination.
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.
"These grants will help us continue our efforts to educate the public and the housing industry about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act," said Kim Kendrick, HUD's Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. "People should not be denied the opportunity to live where they want because of how they look, or the religion they practice, or because they have a disability."
Grants were awarded under one of two initiatives:
- Private Enforcement Initiative grants (PEI) - HUD awarded $13.9 million to assist groups 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 grants (EOI) - HUD awarded $4.2 million to groups that educate the public and housing providers about their rights and obligations under federal, state, and local fair housing laws.
HUD received applications from 268 groups seeking grants, a 7% increase over fiscal year 2005. Out of that group, 102 winners were chosen based on a number of criteria, which included the demonstration of results and program evaluation. Grants were awarded to fair housing organizations in the following states:
|Alabama - $923,876||Montana - $99,987|
|Arizona - $270,144||Nebraska - $372,277|
|Arkansas- $34,088||Nevada - 203,629|
|California - $2,350,947||New Jersey - $375,000|
|Colorado - $100,000||New Mexico - $149,721|
|District of Columbia - $149,080||New York - $986,896|
|Delaware - $50,000||North Carolina - $88,022|
|Florida - $1,024,972||North Dakota - $214,769|
|Georgia - $94,950||Ohio -$1,293,905|
|Hawaii - $275,000||Oklahoma - $274,766|
|Idaho - $80,961||Oregon -$368,678|
|Illinois - $1,736,402||Pennsylvania - $1,021,352|
|Kansas - $99,926||Rhode Island - $100,000|
|Kentucky - $205,258||South Carolina - $ 99,992|
|Louisiana - $475,000||Tennessee - $275,000|
|Maryland - $99,716||Texas - $1,017,855|
|Massachusetts - $647,210||Utah - $77,310|
|Michigan - $480,326||Virginia- $60,415|
|Minnesota - $99,937||Vermont - $100,000|
|Missouri - $100,000||Washington - $650,000|
|Mississippi - $597,634||Wisconsin - $374,996|
FHEO and its partners in the Fair Housing Assistance Program investigate approximately 9,000 housing discrimination complaints annually. People who believe they are the victims of housing discrimination should contact HUD at 1-800-669-9777 (voice). 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 for the FHEO RSS Feed.
NOTE: A list of all grant recipients is available on the HUD website.