HUD AWARDS NEARLY $2.6 MILLION TO EIGHT ORGANIZATIONS TO FIGHT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION IN ILLINOIS

HUD AWARDS NEARLY $2.6 MILLION TO EIGHT ORGANIZATIONS  TO FIGHT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION IN ILLINOIS 1 The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it is awarding nearly $2.6 million under HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) to eight organizations in Illinois to fight housing discrimination. See chart below for a listing of grant recipients and read summaries here of the activities these organizations will conduct with the grants.

unnamedThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it is awarding nearly $2.6 million under HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) to eight organizations in Illinois to fight housing discrimination. See chart below for a listing of grant recipients and read summaries here of the activities these organizations will conduct with the grants.

The funding provided through the competitive grants will help to support 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.

“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.”

“Leveling the playing field and ending housing discrimination are at the core of our mission at HUD,” said HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Antonio R. Riley.  “This local funding will help support community-based organizations that are on the front lines in the fight for equity in our nation’s housing market.”

The categories of grant awards are:

  • Private Enforcement Initiative grants (PEI) – These awards 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) – 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 (FHOI) – 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 2015 FHIP Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) established the following six new components:

Under Fair Housing Organizations Initiative grants:

  • Special Emphasis Component – This grant will strengthen the enforcement activities and capacity building efforts of organizations and help them pursue cases that investigate systemic patterns of discrimination.
  • National/Regional Testing Component – This grant will enable organizations to develop and support a national/regional testing program to identify discrimination in rental and sales transactions.

Under Education and Outreach Initiative grants:

  • National Programs Component – Sex Discrimination – This grant will enable organizations to conduct education and outreach projects that counter sex discrimination in housing, including domestic violence, sexual harassment, gender stereotyping or discrimination based on gender identity.
  • National Programs Component – Sex/Familial Status Discrimination – This grant will enable organizations to conduct education and outreach projects that focus on one or more forms of sex or familial status discrimination.
  • National Programs Component – National Origin Discrimination – This grant will enable organizations to address one or more forms of national origin discrimination in rental, sales, or lending.
  • National Programs Component – Disability Discrimination – This grant will enable organizations, using the results of recent discrimination studies, to conduct education and outreach activities that address discrimination based on disability, particularly discrimination experienced by individuals with mobility impairments, hearing impairments, and cognitive or mental disabilities.

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). Housing discrimination complaints may also be filed by going to www.hud.gov/fairhousing, or by downloading HUD’s free housing discrimination mobile application, which can be accessed through Apple devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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FY 2015 Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) Grant Awards

State

Recipient

City

Amount

AlabamaCentral Alabama Fair Housing CenterMontgomery

$279,171

Mobile Fair Housing Center, Inc.Mobile

$279,467

AlaskaAlaska Legal Services CorporationAnchorage

$325,000

ArizonaArizona Fair Housing CenterPhoenix

$320,430

Southwest Fair Housing CouncilTucson

$280,000

Southwest Fair Housing CouncilTucson

$499,890

CaliforniaBay Area Legal AidOakland

$325,000

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.Oakland

$280,000

CSA San Diego CountyEl Cajon

$288,673

Fair Housing Council of Central CaliforniaFresno

$319,892

Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc.Riverside

$270,895

Fair Housing of MarinSan Rafael

$324,998

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. (GBLA)Bakersfield

$266,015

Greater Napa Valley Fair Housing CenterNapa

$279,467

Inland Mediation BoardOntario

$325,000

Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc.San Diego

$323,491

Orange County Fair Housing Council, Inc.Santa Ana

$280,000

Project Sentinel  Inc.Santa Clara

$325,000

Southern California Housing Rights CenterLos Angeles

$325,000

Southern California Housing Rights CenterLos Angeles

$467,747

ColoradoDenver Metro Fair Housing CenterDenver

$279,784

ConnecticutConnecticut Fair Housing CenterHartford

$350,000

Connecticut Fair Housing CenterHartford

$280,000

Connecticut Fair Housing Center, Inc.Hartford

$500,000

DelawareCommunity Legal Aid Society, Inc.Wilmington

$322,449

District of ColumbiaEqual Rights Center, Inc.Washington

$325,000

National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Inc.Washington

$324,365

National Fair Housing AllianceWashington

$324,867

National Fair Housing AllianceWashington

$999,988

FloridaBay Area Legal Services, Inc.Tampa

$325,000

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc.Daytona Beach

$325,000

Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches, Inc.Lantana

$277,896

Fair Housing Continuum, Inc.Melbourne

$325,000

Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc.Miami

$325,000

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc.Jacksonville

$424,979

Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc.West Palm Beach

$325,000

GeorgiaJCVision and Associates, Inc.Hinesville

$163,383

Metro Fair Housing Services, Inc.Atlanta

$280,000

Savannah-Chatham County Fair Housing Council, Inc.Savannah

$248,063

HawaiiLegal Aid Society of HawaiiHonolulu

$350,000

IdahoIntermountain Fair Housing Council, Inc.Boise

$258,755

IllinoisAccess Living of Metropolitan ChicagoChicago

$325,000

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under LawChicago

$325,000

HOPE Fair Housing CenterWest Chicago

$325,000

HOPE Fair Housing CenterWest Chicago

$348,839

John Marshall Law SchoolChicago

$279,980

Open CommunitiesWinnetka

$316,389

Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.Rockford

$325,000

South Suburban Housing CenterHomewood

$325,000

IndianaFair Housing Center of Central Indiana, Inc.Indianapolis

$325,000

Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, Inc.Indianapolis

$174,005

KentuckyLexington Fair Housing Council, Inc.Lexington

$324,673

LouisianaGreater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center Inc.New Orleans

$500,000

Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center Inc.New Orleans

$305,670

Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, Inc.New Orleans

$325,000

MainePine Tree Legal Assistance, Inc.Portland

$325,000

MarylandBaltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.Baltimore

$325,000

MassachusettsCommunity Legal Aid, Inc.Worcester

$324,214

Fair Housing Center of Greater BostonBoston

$324,673

Housing Discrimination Project Inc.Holyoke

$325,000

Suffolk UniversityBoston

$324,998

MichiganFair Housing Center of Metropolitan DetroitDetroit

$310,270

Fair Housing Center of Southwest MichiganKalamazoo

$325,000

Fair Housing Center of West MichiganGrand Rapids

$325,000

Fair Housing Center Southeastern MichiganAnn Arbor

$324,944

Legal Services of Eastern MichiganFlint

$322,047

MinnesotaMid-Minnesota Legal AssistanceMinneapolis

$325,000

MissouriMetropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing & Opportunity CouncilSt. Louis

$324,996

MontanaMontana Fair Housing, Inc.Butte

$205,838

NebraskaFamily Housing Advisory Services, Inc.Omaha

$325,000

NevadaSilver State Fair Housing CouncilReno

$325,000

New HampshireNew Hampshire Legal AssistanceConcord

$266,766

New JerseyFair Housing Council of Northern New JerseyHackensack

$302,487

New YorkBrooklyn Legal Services Corporation ABrooklyn

$350,000

CNY Fair Housing, Inc.Syracuse

$325,000

Fair Housing Justice CenterNew York

$324,737

Fair Housing Justice Center, Inc.New York

$349,999

Housing Opportunities Made Equal Inc.Buffalo

$325,000

Legal Assistance of Western NYRochester

$298,000

Long Island Housing Services, Inc.Bohemia

$325,000

MFY Legal Services, Inc.New York

$325,000

Queens Legal Services CorporationJamaica

$325,000

South Brooklyn Legal ServicesBrooklyn

$325,000

Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc.White Plains

$280,000

North CarolinaLegal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.Raleigh

$325,000

North DakotaHigh Plains Fair Housing CenterGrand Forks

$149,881

OhioFair Housing Contact Service, Inc.Akron

$325,000

Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc.Painesville

$325,000

Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Greater CincinnatiCincinnati

$324,530

Fair Housing Opportunities of Northwest OhioToledo

$280,000

Housing Research and Advocacy CenterCleveland

$325,000

Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Inc.Dayton

$325,000

OklahomaMetropolitan Fair Housing of Oklahoma, Inc.Oklahoma City

$324,479

OregonFair Housing Council of OregonPortland

$325,000

Legal Aid Services of OregonPortland

$325,000

PennsylvaniaFair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia, Inc.Fort Washington

$325,000

Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia

$325,000

Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, IncWashington

$325,000

Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc.Washington

$100,000

South CarolinaCenter for Community and Economic Development, Inc. DBA CCEDUNorth Charleston

$100,000

South Carolina Fair Housing Center, Inc.Columbia

$280,000

TennesseeTennessee Fair Housing Council, Inc.Nashville

$270,895

West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc.Jackson

$325,000

TexasAustin Tenants Council, Inc.Austin

$324,742

Greater Houston Fair Housing Center, Inc.Houston

$325,000

National Association for Latino Community Asset BuildersSan Antonio

$500,000

North Texas Fair Housing CenterDallas

$325,000

San Antonio Fair Housing Council, Inc.San Antonio

$375,000

UtahDisability Law CenterSalt Lake City

$234,297

VermontVermont Legal Aid, Inc.Burlington

$325,000

VirginiaHousing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc.Richmond

$325,000

WashingtonFair Housing Center of WashingtonTacoma

$325,000

Northwest Fair Housing AllianceSpokane

$325,000

Northwest Fair Housing AllianceSpokane

$500,000

Northwest Fair Housing AllianceSpokane

$500,000

West VirginiaNorthern West Virginia Center For Independent LivingMorgantown

$324,956

WisconsinMetropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing CouncilMilwaukee

$325,000

Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing CouncilMilwaukee

$499,939

TOTAL:

$38,366,909