HUD presents grant funding to state Human Rights Commission

January 22, 2008
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) presented today a check to the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights for just under $100,000 at the commission’s monthly meeting at KCHR headquarters in Louisville.
     The commission is honored to be a recipient of the $99,800 Fair Housing Initiative Program (FHIP) Grant to provide Fair Housing Education and Outreach programs to people with disabilities and immigrant and refugee communities across Kentucky. These programs will work to educate people about the rights and responsibilities under the Federal Fair Housing Act and the Kentucky Fair Housing Act.
     "This FHIP grant will help the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights to provide critical programs to ensure a safe and prosperous future for the people of our state as we learn more how to live and work together, enjoying the rights to equality and the benefits to everyone of diversity and mutual understanding," said John J. Johnson, executive director of the state Human Rights Commission. "This money is sorely needed in light of the commission’s already small budget and the state’s budget crisis," he said. "We are concerned about our capability to reach the 120 counties of Kentucky while our state population quickly grows in diversity, and we very much appreciate this HUD funding," Director Johnson said.