HUD Fair Housing Initiative Grants Announced
Did you know that Fair Housing laws protect you at all stages of the housing process including home loans? Discrimination at any stage of the journey toward home ownership or renting is a serious barrier to consumers; HUD is dedicated to stopping violations of Fair Housing laws.
To that end, the agency provides millions in funding to local fair housing organizations. The latest part of that effort is an award of more than $40 million to local entities helping to stop Fair Housing Act violations.
An announcement on the HUD official site reveals the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $40.8 million “to support dozens of fair housing organizations working to help end housing discrimination.”
These funds are used not only to help the victims of Fair Housing Act violations (including discrimination against those with children, those with disabilities, and those who may experience discrimination based on national origin or other issues) but also for those in the housing industry to know and understand their obligations under the law.
HUD leadership went on record about the new funding--the HUD press release states, "Today’s grant announcement provides resources that play an important role in fulfilling HUD’s mission to provide safe, fair, and affordable housing.”
FHIP grants support enforcement, education, and outreach activities related to the Fair Housing Act and related issues.
“These grants” the press release states, “allow the groups to provide fair housing enforcement through testing in the rental and sales markets, to file fair housing complaints to HUD, and to conduct investigations.
Additionally, 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.”
HUD grant money is used for education, but also (as stated above) enforcement--a key feature of the FHIP funding includes “Private Enforcement Initiative” which can help with investigations into Fair Housing complaints.
Housing discrimination can discourage perfectly qualified potential borrowers from purchasing and owning property, and sometimes the only person who stands in the way of future illegal violations of the Fair Housing Act is the victim of the discrimination--don’t let your complaint go unheard! If you have experienced discrimination at any stage in the housing process including home loans, refinancing, rentals, or elsewhere, file a complaint with the HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777 (voice) or (800) 927-9275 (TTY).
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