The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced Wednesday that it has allocated $30.1 million in non-competitive funding to state and local HUD fair housing enforcement agencies nationwide as part of of its Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP).
FHAP is an intergovernmental partnership between the federal government and state and local agencies to provide protection to the public from discrimination in housing. Funding to state and local law enforcement agencies supports the investigation of fair housing complaints and education and outreach activities to inform the public, housing providers and local governments of their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act and state and local fair housing laws.
This funding supports the efforts of 77 state, county, and city agencies in administering fair housing laws that provide rights, remedies, and procedures that are substantially equivalent to those provided by the federal Fair Housing Act. fair housing. All of HUD’s FHAP partners can be found here.
“Our state and local Fair Housing Assistance Program partners play a critical role,” said Demetria McCain, Principal Assistant Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “Housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), disability and family status has no its place in our society, and these agencies are essential to help us fight against it.”
Through this round of funding, HUD is providing an approximate 6.5% increase in reimbursement rates for the Case Processing Fund and Funds for Administrative Costs, which are the two primary sources of FHAP funding provided each year. to the Department’s partner agencies.
In addition, HUD is making available a total of $2 million in partnership funds to help eligible FHAP agencies partner with community organizations for targeted testing and education and outreach activities. HUD also expanded the scope and use of Special Enforcement Effort funds to make $1.1 million available to support agency efforts to create effective hybrid work environments to get work done. fair housing application, a necessity during the coronavirus pandemic.
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