HUD awards nine additional FHIP grants

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced in March that it would award nearly $5 million in grants to nine additional organizations that participated in its fiscal year 1995 Fair Housing Initiative Program (FHIP) competi tion.

The FHIP was created in 1987 to strengthen the Department's enforcement of the Fair Housing Act and to support efforts to help and prevent and eliminate discrimination by housing providers.

"The nine grant awards represent the most recent HUD/private group partnership efforts to fight housing discrimination in our nation's communities," said Elizabeth K. Julian, deputy assistant secretary for Policy and Initiatives and head of HUD's Offic e of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. "By investigating complaints and identifying practices that violate state as well as federal laws, we create more home ownership opportunities."

Two awards went to organizations that will carry out national education and outreach projects that will help inform the public and housing industry of their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act.

The other seven awards are four-year grants to private, non-profit fair housing enforcement organizations that will use the money to conduct enforcement activities including investigating and processing complaints, testing for violations of the Fa ir Housing Act, and enforcing meritorious claims.

The following is the list of the grant recipients and the amount of their awards:

Education and Outreach Initiatives

Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency

Boston, Massachusetts - $368,185

National Puerto Rican Coalition

Washington, DC - $445,185

Private Enforcement Initiatives - Open Housing Center

New York, New York - $600,000

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc.

Jacksonville, Florida - $600,000

Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities

Chicago, Illinois - $597,675

Austin Tenants Council

Austin, Texas - $591,803

Project Sentinel

Palo Alto, California - $533,357

Arizona Fair Housing Center

Phoenix, Arizona - $556,842