HUD money is available to organizations that advocate against discriminatory acts in housing
By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog
(May 10, 2016) – HUD has announced that it is making $37.3 million available to fight housing discrimination under HUD’s 2016 Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). This year’s three funding notices support fair housing activities, including fair housing testing in the rental and sales market, public education efforts, capacity building, and education and outreach activities.
The categories of grants are:
- Education and Outreach Initiative grants (EOI) – $7,450,000 available. HUD awards these to groups that educate the public and housing providers about their rights and responsibilities under federal law or state and local fair housing laws that are equivalent to the Fair Housing Act. This year’s funds include $1,250,000 toward a national media campaign; $250,000 toward tester coordinator training; and the rest for general regional, local and community-based programs.
- Fair Housing Organizations Initiative (FHOI) – $500,000 available. HUD awards these to help build the capacity and effectiveness of non-profit fair housing organizations, particularly organizations that focus on the rights and needs of underserved groups, such as rural and immigrant populations.
Additional information can be found on HUD’s website at www.hud.gov.
Applications must be received by June 23, 2016.
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