HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 08-164
Shantae Goodloe
(202) 708-0685
For Release
October 17, 2008

92 agencies nationwide receive Fair Housing Initiative Program funding

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $21.8 million to Fair Housing, and other non-profits agencies in 37 states and the District of Columbia to assist people who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination.

"These Fair Housing Initiatives Program grants will help us continue our efforts to educate the public, the housing industry, real estate professionals and financial institutions about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act," said Kim Kendrick, HUD's Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. "Our local partners are critical not only in enforcing the law but in reinforcing the message -- housing discrimination is illegal and HUD will take action to eliminate it."

The categories grants were awarded in are:

  • Private Enforcement Initiative grants (PEI) - HUD awarded $20 million to help groups investigate alleged housing discrimination, and enforce the Fair Housing Act and state and local laws that are substantially equivalent to the Act.

  • Education and Outreach Initiative grants (EOI) - HUD awarded $1.3 million to groups that educate the public and housing providers about their rights and obligations under federal, state, and local fair housing laws.

  • Education and Outreach Initiative (EOI): Clinical Law School Component - HUD awarded $500,000 to Howard University Law School to organize and operate a fair housing legal-clinic education program.

All of the specific grant recipients are listed below.

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 Stay on top of the most up-to-date news regarding the Fair Housing Act by signing up for the FHEO RSS Feed.


Listing of Fair Housing Grants for Fiscal Year 2008

  Central Alabama Fair Housing Center $274,000
  Fair Housing Center of Northern Alabama $275,000
  Mobile Fair Housing Center, Inc $275,000
Arizona Arizona Fair Housing Center $275,000
  Southwest Fair Housing Council $270,144
California Bay Area Legal Aid $275,000
  California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. $275,000
  Fair Housing of Marin $275,000
  Greater Napa Fair Housing Center $120,000
  Inland Mediation Board $275,000
  Orange County Fair Housing Council, Inc. $175,000
  Project Sentinel, Inc. $270,000
  Southern California Housing Rights Center $275,000
Connecticut Connecticut Fair Housing Center, Inc. $275,000
District of Columbia
  Equal Rights Center $100,000
  Housing Counseling Services $100,000
  Howard University $499,497
  National Community Reinvestment Coalition $230,000
Delaware Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. $274,621
Florida Bay Area Legal Services, Inc. $234,973
  Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc. $275,000
  Fair Housing Continuum, Inc. $275,000
  Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc. $275,000
  Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. $274,752
  Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc. $120,629
  Mid-Florida Housing Partnership, Inc. $100,000
Georgia Metro Fair Housing Services, Inc. $271,248
Hawaii Legal Aid Society of Hawaii $275,000
Iowa Iowa Civil Rights Commission $67,126
Idaho Intermountain Fair Housing Council Inc $274,796
Illinois Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago $275,000
  Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. $274,994
  HOPE Fair Housing Center $274,491
  Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs $186,403
  John Marshall Law School $274,958
  Praire State Legal Services, Inc. $100,000
  South Suburban Housing Center $273,505
Kentucky Lexington Fair Housing Council, Inc. $260,477
Louisiana Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center $275,000
   Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston $274,750
   Housing Discrimination Project $275,000
   Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts $232,000
Maine Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Inc. $275,000
Michigan Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit $180,740
  Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan $183,549
  Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan $162,225
  Fair Housing Center of West Michigan $274,604
  Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. $275,000
  Legal Services of Eastern Michigan $208,561
Minnesota Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis $275,000
Missouri Metropolitan Saint Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council $224,379
North Dakota Fair Housing of the Dakotas $220,546
Nebraska Family Housing Advisory Services, Inc. $275,000
New Hampshire
  New Hampshire Legal Assistance $223,557
New Jersey Citizen Action of New Jersey $100,000
  Fair Housing Council of Northern New Jersey $275,000
New Mexico ACORN Associates $99,974
Nevada Silver State Fair Housing Council $268,606
New York Buffalo Urban League, Inc. $90,000
  Fair Housing Council of New York, Inc. $211,346
  HELP Social Service Corporation $274,995
  Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc. $263,846
  Legal Assistance of Western NY, Inc. $197,500
  Long Island Housing Services, Inc. $270,417
  New York Agency for Community Affairs $99,427
  South Brooklyn Legal Services, Inc. $183,333
  Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc. $261,895
Ohio Fair Housing Contact Service $275,000
  Fair Housing Opportunities, Inc. dba Fair Housing Center $275,000
  Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc. $275,000
  Housing Advocates Inc. $275,000
  Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Greater Cincinnati, Inc. $273,815
  Housing Research & Advocacy Center $275,000
  Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Inc. $275,000
Oklahoma Metropolitan Fair Housing Council $274,900
Oregon Fair Housing Council of Oregon $275,000
  Legal Aid Services of Oregon $81,759
  Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia, Inc. $274,818
  Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh, Inc. $275,000
  Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennsylvania $275,000
  St. Martin Center, Inc. $100,000
Tennessee Tennessee Fair Housing Council, Inc. $275,000
  West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc. $275,000
Texas Austin Tenants Council, Inc. $274,707
  Garland Fair Housing Office $100,000
  Greater Houston Fair Housing Center, Inc. $275,000
  San Antonio Fair Housing Council, Inc. $275,000
Virginia Piedmont Housing Alliance $62,217
Vermont Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity $100,000
  Vermont Legal Aid, Inc. $275,000
Washington Fair Housing Center of Washington $275,000
  Northwest Fair Housing Alliance $275,000
Wisconsin Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, Inc. $274,921
Total $21,800,000.00
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