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HUD: Fla. Groups Awarded $2M to Fight Discrimination

The money will go to seven Fla. nonprofit groups that will use the funds to help them investigate discrimination complaints and educate the public about their rights.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $40.8 million to support dozens of fair housing organizations across the U.S. that are working to end housing discrimination.

In Florida, seven housing groups will share $1.95 million. The seven agencies received a total of nine grants.

HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) provides the funds that are directed to people who believe they’ve been victims of housing discrimination and to educating housing providers about the nation’s fair housing laws.

“FHIP organizations are important partners in combating housing discrimination,” said Anna María Farías, HUD assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity. “The grants we are awarding today help to support these organizations on an ongoing basis.”

Florida groups receiving funding

  • Florida Bay Area Legal Services Inc. in Tampa – $360,000
  • Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida Inc. in Orlando – $93,691
  • Fair Housing Center of Greater Palm Beach Inc. in Palm Beach      $360,000
  • Florida Legal Services Inc. in Orlando – $125,000
  • Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE) Inc. in Miami – $125,000
  • Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE) Inc. in Miami – $360,000
  • Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Inc. in Jacksonville – $356,333
  • Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County Inc. in West Palm Beach – $125,000
  • Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County Inc. in West Palm Beach – $360,000

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

FHIP grants are provided under three categories:

  • Private Enforcement Initiative grants (PEI) – These help nonprofit fair housing enforcement organizations to carry out investigations and other enforcement activities to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices.
  • Education and Outreach Initiative grants (EOI) – These grants educate the public and housing providers about their rights and responsibilities under federal law, or state and local laws that are substantially equivalent to the Fair Housing Act.
  • Fair Housing Organizations Initiative grants (FHOI) – These grants help build the capacity and effectiveness of non-profit fair housing organizations to continue and enhance enforcement of the Fair Housing Act.

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