HUD Sending $2.4 Million to Advance Fair Housing in Florida

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is sending almost $2.4 million to the Sunshine State.

The funds are part of $47.4 million in HUD funds awarded “to fair housing organizations across the country under its Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP)” which “will support the efforts of 120 national and local fair housing organizations working to address violations of the Fair Housing Act and helping to end discrimination in housing.” The money “will allow the grantees to provide fair housing enforcement by conducting investigations, testing to identify discrimination in the rental and sales markets, and filing fair housing complaints with HUD” as “grantees will carry out education and outreach activities to inform the public, housing providers, and local governments about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act.”

 Jeanine Worden, HUD’s acting assistant secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, announced the funds earlier this month.

“The fair housing groups’ HUD funds are a critical piece of combating housing discrimination,” she said “The grants we’re announcing today will enable 120 fair housing groups to combat unfair evictions and other housing practices that violate the Fair Housing Act.”

The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc. and Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE), Inc. are both getting $500,000 from HUD while  Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. is penciled in for more than $496,000. Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc. and Florida Legal Services, Inc. are each getting $375,000 from HUD while the city of Tampa is set to get $125,000.

Kevin Derby
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