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2 Georgia Entities Land Federal Grants to Fight Housing Discrimination

The grants will go toward helping people who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination and to educate the public and housing providers on the nation’s fair housing laws.

HUD AWARDS $40 MILLION TO FIGHT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION
Grants to support and promote fair housing nationwide

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $40 million to fair housing organizations across the nation working to confront violations of the nation’s landmark Fair Housing Act and help end housing discrimination. (see grant chart below). Read a complete summary of the grants being awarded today.

The grants are being awarded through the Department’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) and the Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) to help people who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination and to educate the public and housing providers on the nation’s fair housing laws.

More than $1 million of the funding announced today is being awarded to grantees located in Opportunity Zones. Created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Opportunity Zones aim to stimulate long-term investments in low-income communities.

“HUD is committed to supporting efforts to rid discrimination from our society,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson.” The grants we are awarding today will enable our fair housing partner organizations to combat unlawful policies and behavior and foster practices that ensure everyone has access to safe, affordable housing, free from discrimination.”

HUD’s FHIP grants support a wide range of fair housing enforcement, and education and outreach activities. The grants will allow the groups to provide fair housing enforcement through testing in the rental and sales markets, file fair housing complaints with HUD, and conduct investigations. Additionally, the education and outreach activities these organizations will conduct will help to educate the public, housing providers, and local governments about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act.

The FHIP grants issued today are provided under HUD’s Education and Outreach (EOI), Fair Housing Organization (FHOI) and Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI) grant categories.

  • Private Enforcement Initiative grants – These awards help nonprofit fair housing enforcement organizations carry out investigations and other enforcement activities to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices.
  • Education and Outreach Initiative grants – HUD awards these grants to 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 – HUD awards these grants to help build the capacity and effectiveness of non-profit fair housing organizations to continue and enhance enforcement of the Fair Housing Act.

The grants help Qualified Fair Housing Enforcement Organizations, Fair Housing Enforcement Organizations, public and private non-profit organizations or institutions, and other public or private entities whose enforcement and education and outreach activities help to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices.

HUD is also awarding $1.5 million in Partnership Funds to HUD Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) agencies. FHAP organizations are state and local government agencies that enforce local fair housing laws that are substantially equivalent to the Fair Housing Act.

Persons who believe they have experienced discrimination may file a complaint by contacting HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777 (voice) or (800) 927-9275 (TTY).

Fair Housing Initiatives 2019 Grant Awards

State Recipient Amount
AK Alaska Legal Services Corporation* $300,000
Legal Aid of Arkansas, Inc. $125,000
AL Central Alabama Fair Housing Center $300,000
Central Alabama Fair Housing Center* $125,000
Fair Housing Center of Northern Alabama $300,000
Mobile Fair Housing Center $300,000
Mobile Fair Housing Center, Inc. $124,150
AR Legal Aid of Arkansas, Inc. $281,396
AZ Southwest Fair Housing Council $300,000
Southwest Fair Housing Council $125,000
CA Bay Area Legal Aid* $300,000
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. $300,000
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. $125,000
CSA San Diego County $300,000
CSA San Diego County $101,586
Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California* $125,000
Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California* $300,000
Fair Housing Council of Central California $300,000
Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc. $300,000
Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc. $125,000
Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. (GBLA) $300,000
Greater Napa Valley Fair Housing Center $300,000
Inland Mediation Board* $300,000
Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. $203,500
Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. $125,000
Orange County Fair Housing Council, Inc. $300,000
Orange County Fair Housing Council, Inc.* $125,000
Project Sentinel Inc $300,000
Southern California Housing Rights Center $300,000
CO Denver Metro Fair Housing Center $297,651
CT Connecticut Fair Housing Center $300,000
Connecticut Fair Housing Center, Inc $125,000
Open Communities Alliance* $125,000
Open Communities Alliance* $250,000
DC Equal Rights Center $300,000
Equal Rights Center $125,000
National Community Reinvestment Coalition $300,000
National Fair Housing Alliance $300,000
National Fair Housing Alliance $250,000
DE Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. $300,000
FL Bay Area Legal Services, Inc. $300,000
Center for Community and Economic Development $125,000
Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc. $300,000
Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches, Inc. $300,000
Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE) , Inc.* $125,000
Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc. $300,000
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. $299,980
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. $125,000
Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc. $300,000
Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc. $125,000
GA Metro Fair Housing Services, Inc. $300,000
Veterans Center, Inc. $125,000
HI Legal Aid Society of Hawaii $300,000
ID Idaho Housing & Finance Association* $123,750
Idaho Legal Aid Services* $114,944
Intermountain Fair Housing Council, Inc $299,917
IL Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago* $300,000
Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law* $279,831
H.O.P.E. Inc d/b/a HOPE Fair Housing Center $300,000
H.O.P.E. Inc d/b/a HOPE Fair Housing Center* $125,000
HCP of Illinois, Inc.* $125,000
John Marshall Law School $299,660
Legal Aid Chicago $300,000
Open Communities $295,510
Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. $300,000
Rogers Park Community Council dba Northside Community Res. $300,000
South Suburban Housing Center $300,000
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois $122,182
IN Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, Inc. $300,000
Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, Inc. $125,000
KY Lexington Fair Housing Council, Inc. $300,000
LA Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center, Inc. $125,000
MA Community Legal Aid, Inc. $300,000
Massachusetts Fair Housing Center, Inc.* $300,000
SouthCoast Fair Housing, Inc.* $300,000
SouthCoast Fair Housing, Inc.* $125,000
Suffolk University $299,989
Suffolk University* $125,000
Way Finders, Inc.* $122,760
MD Baltimore City Office of Equity and Civil Rights $125,000
ME Pine Tree Legal Assistance Inc. $300,000
MI Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit $300,000
Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan $300,000
Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan* $300,000
Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan $123,605
Fair Housing Center of West Michigan $300,000
Fair Housing Center of West Michigan* $125,000
Legal Services of Eastern Michigan $300,000
Legal Services of Eastern Michigan* $125,000
MN Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance $300,000
MO Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council* $125,000
Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council $300,000
MS Housing Education and Economic Development, Inc. $125,000
Housing Education and Economic Development, Inc. $300,000
Mississippi Center for Justice $300,000
Mississippi Center for Justice $125,000
MT Montana Fair Housing, Inc. $300,000
NC Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. $300,000
Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. $125,000
Telamon Corporation $125,000
ND High Plains Fair Housing Center 205,000
High Plains Fair Housing Center $125,000
NE City of Lincoln Nebraska* $125,000
Family Housing Advisory Services, Incorporated 300,000
NH New Hampshire Legal Assistance 300,000
NJ Citizen Action of New Jersey $125,000
Fair Housing Council of Northern New Jersey $300,000
Fair Housing Council of Northern New Jersey* $125,000
New Jersey Citizen Action Education Fund, Inc.* $300,000
NV Silver State Fair Housing Council 300,000
Silver State Fair Housing Council* $124,502
NY Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A $125,000
Brooklyn Legal Services, Inc.* $300,000
Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc.* $125,000
CNY Fair Housing, Inc.* $125,000
CNY Fair Housing, Inc., 300,000
Fair Housing Justice Center, Inc. 300,000
Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc. 300,000
Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc.* $125,000
Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.* $110,500
Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.* $300,000
Long Island Housing Services, Inc.* $300,000
Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc. 300,000
Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc.* $125,000
OH Fair Housing Contact Service, Inc. 300,000
Fair Housing Contact Service, Inc.* $125,000
Fair Housing Opportunities of Northwest Ohio, Inc.* $125,000
Fair Housing Opportunities, Inc. dba Fair Housing Center $300,000
Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc. $300,000
Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc.* $125,000
Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Greater Cincinnati* $125,000
Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Greater Cincinnati* $300,000
Housing Research & Advocacy Center* $125,000
Housing Research & Advocacy Center* $300,000
Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Inc. $300,000
Ohio State Legal Services Association* $300,000
OK Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc.* $300,000
Metropolitan Fair Housing Council of Oklahoma, Inc $300,000
Metropolitan Fair Housing Council of Oklahoma, Inc. $125,000
OR Fair Housing Council of Oregon* $125,000
Fair Housing Council of Oregon* $300,000
PA Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia, Inc. $300,000
Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia, Inc.* $125,000
Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh $300,000
Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennsylvania $300,000
Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership $124,383
Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc. $300,000
Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc.* $125,000
PR Solo Por Hoy, Inc.* $125,000
SC Greenville County Human Relations Commission $120,753
TN Tennessee Fair Housing Council $300,000
West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc. $300,000
West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc. $125,000
TX Austin Tenants Council $300,000
Greater Houston Fair Housing Center, Inc.* $300,000
North Texas Fair Housing Center $300,000
San Antonio Fair Housing Council, Inc. $300,000
Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs $124,866.79
UT Disability Law Center $299,580
VA Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. $300,000
Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. $125,000
VT Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Inc. $125,000
Vermont Legal Aid, Inc. $300,000
Vermont Legal Aid, Inc.* $125,000
WA Fair Housing Center of Washington $300,000
Fair Housing Center of Washington* $125,000
Northwest Fair Housing Alliance $300,000
Northwest Fair Housing Alliance* $125,000
WI Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council* 300,000
Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council* $125,000
TOTAL $38,700,000

*Located in Opportunity Zone.

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