U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development releases more than $13 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds to assist Victims of Housing Discrimination related to the Coronavirus Pandemic | site |

Funds will support the efforts of fair housing enforcement organizations

(Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: November 3, 2021)

Washington - - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it is providing $13.6 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to enable 51 HUD Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) agencies to conduct a range of fair housing enforcement and education and outreach activities related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the activities that will be conducted by the organizations is addressing discriminatory practices in underserved communities.

“Discriminatory policies have no place in a nation struggling to deal with the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Demetria McCain, HUD’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “The funds being provided today highlight HUD’s commitment to supporting the efforts of our many partners working to combat unlawful practices that jeopardize a family’s housing security.”

The funds, which are being awarded under FHIP’s Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI) component, are the first ARP competitive grants in FHEO that focus directly on the unequal impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on communities of color, low-income communities, and other vulnerable populations. Specific activities that will be carried out include responding to housing inquiries, investigating fair housing complaints, conducting fair housing testing, providing legal assistance, conducting education and outreach, and covering costs associated with providing services related to the pandemic.

Another $5,757,663 in ARP funding will be made available to eligible applicants that did not receive funding in this first round.

The following organizations are receiving funding:

State Recipient Grant Type Amount
Alaska Alaska Legal Services Corporation PEI-ARP $75,000
Arkansas Legal Aid of Arkansas, Inc. PEI-ARP $350,000
Arizona Southwest Fair Housing Council PEI-ARP $350,000
California Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. PEI-ARP $350,000
Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California PEI-ARP $350,000
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. PEI-ARP $350,000
Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc. PEI-ARP $350,000
Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board PEI-ARP $350,000
Connecticut Connecticut Fair Housing Center PEI-ARP $350,000
District of Columbia National Fair Housing Alliance PEI-ARP $350,000
Equal Rights Center PEI-ARP $350,000
National Community Reinvestment Coalition PEI-ARP $346,819
Florida Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE), Inc. PEI-ARP $350,000
Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc. PEI-ARP $350,000
Georgia JC Vision and Associates Inc PEI-ARP $75,000
Hawaii Legal Aid Society of Hawaii PEI-ARP $350,000
Idaho Intermountain Fair Housing Council, Inc PEI-ARP $124,993
Illinois South Suburban Housing Center PEI-ARP $350,000
H.O.P.E. Inc d/b/a HOPE Fair Housing Center PEI-ARP $125,000
Open Communities PEI-ARP $218,353
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois PEI-ARP $348,986
Indiana Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, Inc. PEI-ARP $125,000
Massachusetts Community Legal Aid, Inc. PEI-ARP $350,000
Suffolk University PEI-ARP $349,966
Michigan Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan PEI-ARP $124,974
Legal Services of Eastern Michigan PEI-ARP $350,000
Minnesota Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance PEI-ARP $350,000
Mississippi Mississippi Center for Justice PEI-ARP $350,000
Missouri Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council PEI-ARP $350,000
North Carolina Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. PEI-ARP $350,000
North Dakota High Plains Fair Housing Center PEI-ARP $75,000
New Hampshire New Hampshire Legal Assistance PEI-ARP $333,907
New Jersey Fair Housing Council of Northern New Jersey PEI-ARP $125,000
Nevada Silver State Fair Housing Council PEI-ARP $125,000
New York Long Island Housing Services, Inc. PEI-ARP $350,000
Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc. PEI-ARP $350,000
Fair Housing Justice Center, Inc. PEI-ARP $350,000
Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc. PEI-ARP $350,000
Brooklyn Legal Services PEI-ARP $350,000
Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. PEI-ARP $350,000
CNY Fair Housing, Inc. PEI-ARP $125,000
Ohio Fair Housing Opportunities of Northwest Ohio, Inc. PEI-ARP $349,983
Fair Housing Contact Service, Inc. PEI-ARP $125,000
Fair Housing Resource Center PEI-ARP $125,000
Ohio State Legal Services Association PEI-ARP $317,447
Housing Research & Advocacy Center PEI-ARP $125,000
Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Greater Cincinnati, Inc. PEI-ARP $150,000
Pennsylvania Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh PEI-ARP $125,000
Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern PA PEI-ARP $75,000
Washington Northwest Fair Housing Alliance PEI-ARP $103,973
Wisconsin Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council PEI-ARP $347,935
TOTAL $13,642,337

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). Housing discrimination complaints may also be filed by going to hud.gov/fairhousing .