HUD Funds Fair Housing Education Program

Filed in Codes and Standards, Multifamily by on July 30, 2015 0 Comments

HUD has $39.2 million now available to fight housing discrimination under the 2015 Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) to support fair housing capacity building, education and outreach activities, and testing in rental and sales transactions. Successful funding applicants will receive awards of at least $325,000 and no more than $1 million.

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in a home’s sale, rental and financing and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status and disability. HUD created FHIP to establish and support a network of experienced fair housing enforcement organizations to foster compliance with the act as well as state and local fair housing laws.

FHIP is the only federal grant program designed specifically to support private efforts to prevent and address housing discrimination. This is accomplished through the interplay of three major components: Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI), Education and Outreach Initiatives (EOI); and Fair Housing Organizations Initiatives (FHOI).

Congress funded FHIP at $40.1 million in FY 2015.  HUD requested $45.6 million for FHIP in its FY 2016 budget.

So far, the Senate has recommended $40.1 million (equal to this year). The House recommended $39.2 million for the fair housing initiative programs, and not less than $7.45 million for education and outreach programs. The House Appropriations Committee directed HUD  to focus resources on education, outreach, and training initiatives, and supporting local and state organizations that conduct investigations and adjudicate claims.

A second major initiative supports the establishment of new fair housing organizations in under-served areas. Without this funding, communities such as Columbia, S.C., Indianapolis and Dallas would have no local private fair housing presence.

Read HUD’s 2015 funding notice here.  The application deadline is Aug. 26.

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