HUD Awards Over $2.4 Million to Fight Housing Discrimination Related to the Coronavirus Pandemic

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it is providing $2,472,310 in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to help 11 HUD Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) agencies combat housing discrimination related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds, which are being awarded under FHIP’s Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI), constitute the second round of ARP funding that focus directly on the unequal impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on communities of color, low-income communities, and other vulnerable populations.

“As we embark on our new normal, our country has sadly carried the housing discrimination of old with it. While dealing with the struggles the pandemic has brought, too many residents have also had to suffer through the harms discrimination brings,” said Demetria L. McCain, HUD’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “The funds provided… will ensure that our fair housing partners have the financial resources they need to oppose discriminatory practices in the communities they serve.”

The funding is awarded to FHIP agencies that will provide resources and support to victims of housing discrimination who have been hit the hardest during the COVID-19 pandemic. FHIP agencies will use the funding to conduct housing education and outreach activities and to address fair housing inquiries, complaints, and investigations.

Another $3,285,353 in ARP funding will be made available to eligible applicants that did not receive funding in the first and second allocation rounds.

The following organizations are receiving funding:

2021 FHIP PEI-ARP AWARD WINNERS

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State
Recipient
Grant Type
Amount
California
CSA San Diego County
PEI-ARP
$350,000
Florida
Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc.
PEI-ARP
$250,000
Georgia
Metro Fair Housing Services, Inc.
PEI-ARP
$125,000
Kentucky
Lexington Fair Housing Council, Inc.
PEI-ARP
$75,000
Massachusetts
SouthCoast Fair Housing, Inc.
PEI-ARP
$75,000
Michigan
Fair Housing Center of West Michigan
PEI-ARP
$125,000
Oklahoma
Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc.
PEI-ARP
$350,000
Oregon
Fair Housing Council of Oregon
PEI-ARP
$347,310
Tennessee
West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc.
PEI-ARP
$350,000
Texas
San Antonio Fair Housing Council, Inc.
PEI-ARP
$75,000
Virginia
Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc.
PEI-ARP
$350,000
TOTAL
$2,472,310

People who believe they have experienced discrimination may file a complaint by contacting HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (relay).

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