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
Palo Alto, California - $533,357
Arizona Fair Housing Center
Phoenix, Arizona - $556,842