Grants will support more than 11 fair housing organizations in Ohio
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it is awarding more than $2.4 million to Ohio to fight housing discrimination under its Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP). These grants will support 11 fair housing organizations across Ohio. Nationally, $37 million was awarded to assist more than 150 national and local fair housing organizations working to confront violations of the Fair Housing Act.
These grants will allow the groups to provide Fair Housing enforcement through testing in the rental and sales market, to file Fair Housing complaints to HUD, and to 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.
“Every person deserves a fair chance to live in a neighborhood free from discrimination,” said Secretary Ben Carson. “The funds announced today will allow our fair housing partners on the ground to combat housing discrimination and ensure every person has equal access to housing.”
“Ending housing discrimination is at the core of our mission at HUD,” said HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Joseph P. Galvan. “This funding in Ohio 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 grants announced are:
Education and Outreach Initiative grants (EOI) – nationally $7,450,000 is awarded to organizations that educate the public and housing providers about their rights and responsibilities under federal law. The grants can also support state and local organizations that enforce fair housing laws that are equivalent to the federal Fair Housing Act.
Fair Housing Organizations Initiative (FHOI) – $500,000 is awarded to help build the capacity and effectiveness of non-profit fair housing organizations, particularly organizations that focus on the rights and needs of underserved groups, such as rural and immigrant populations.
Private Enforcement Initiative grants (PEI) – A total of $30.35 million is awarded to organizations that conduct intake, testing, investigation and litigation of fair housing complaints under the Fair Housing Act.
People who believe they have been denied a reasonable accommodation request 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.
HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov andhttp://espanol.hud.gov. You can also connect with HUD on social media or sign up for news alerts on HUD’s Email List.
Fiscal Year 2017 Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) Grants for Ohio:
Grantee; Grant Type; Grant Amount
Fair Housing Contact Service, Inc.; EOI; $125,000
Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Greater Cincinnati, Inc.; EOI; $125,000
Fair Housing Opportunities, Inc. dba Fair Housing Center; EOI; $125,000
Housing Research & Advocacy Center; EOI; $125,000
Central Ohio Fair Housing Association, Inc.; EOI; $125,000
Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc.; PEI; $300,000
Fair Housing Contact Service, Inc.; PEI; $300,000
Fair Housing Opportunities of NW Ohio, Inc.; PEI; $300,000
Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Greater Cincinnati, Inc.; PEI; $300,000
Housing Research & Advocacy Center; PEI; $300,000
Central Ohio Fair Housing Association, Inc.; PEI; 300,000
OHIO TOTAL: $2,425,000
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