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HUD Awards $40M for Fair Housing – $2.3M Goes to Fla.

The grants support fair housing enforcement, education and outreach activities, including funds for testing rental and sales markets, and filing fair housing complaints.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 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.

Of that $40 million, $2,300,000 will be distributed to 10 Florida-based companies that advocate for fair housing issues.

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’ve been victims of housing discrimination, and to educate the public and housing providers on the nation’s fair housing laws.

“Given the economic circumstances many Americans may face in the coming weeks, NAR (National Association of Realtors®) commends HUD and Secretary Carson for taking steps to quickly put money in the hands of nonprofit organizations defending those who could face the brunt of this economic disruption,” says NAR President Vince Malta. “Emerging from challenging times stronger and more resolved will require countless Americans to step up and do what they can to help those in need, and we thank HUD for taking swift, decisive action today to help put us on that path.”

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

Florida groups receiving HUD funding

  • 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

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