For Immediate Release:
SEATTLE – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today competitively awarded a total of $2,883,755 to six fair housing organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington State to fight housing discrimination. The awards were among some $38.4 million in Fair Housing Initiatives Program grants to 118 fair housing organizations nationwide.
The Alaska Legal Services Corporation today was awarded $325,000, the Intermountain Fair Housing in Boise was awarded $ 258,755, the Fair Housing Council of Oregon in Portland was awarded $325,000, Legal Aid Services of Oregon, also in Portland, was awarded $325,000 and the Fair Housing Center of Washington was awarded $325,000. In addition, the Northwest Fair Housing Alliance of Spokane was awarded three grants totaling $1,325,000.
“Combating housing discrimination requires the aggressive enforcement of the nation’s fair housing laws, but HUD can’t do it alone,” said HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Gustavo Velasquez. “The funding we are announcing today will enable organizations committed to justice and equality to support our efforts to ensure that everyone has equal access to available housing opportunities.”
Today’s competitive awards were made under HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives program which supports a range of a range of fair housing enforcement efforts, including fair housing testing, as well as activities that help educate the public, housing providers and local governments about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act of 1968 which prohibits discrimination in in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status and disability. FHIP grants are made in three categories:
-Private Enforcement Initiative grants (PEI) – PEI grants help non-profit fair housing enforcement organizations carry out investigations and other enforcement activities to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices.
–Education and Outreach Initiative grants (EOI) – FOI grants go o groups that educate the public and housing providers about their rights and responsibilities under federal law or state and local fair housing laws that are substantially equivalent to the Fair Housing Act.
–Fair Housing Organizations Initiative grants (FHOI) – FHOI grants help build the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofit fair housing organizations to continue and enhance enforcement of the Fair Housing Act.
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