April 27, 2019 Michigan Chronicle


Patreice A. Massey
Grants to support and promote fair housing and equal opportunity

To help end housing discrimination, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded an additional county including $375,000 in Michigan to support fair housing organizations working to confront violations of the nation’s landmark Fair Housing Act.

HUD’s grants are provided through the Department’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) to help people who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination and to educate the public and housing providers on fair housing laws. In addition to the new grants announced today, HUD awarded $23 million to existing fair housing organizations last winter.

“Even though the Fair Housing Act became the law of the land 51 years ago, housing discrimination continues to this day,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “HUD will continue to confront housing discrimination in all its forms and advance our mission of safe, affordable housing free from discrimination.”

“This funding will support community-based organizations on the front lines in the fight against housing discrimination in Michigan,” said HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Joseph P. Galvan. “Ensuring that our communities remain free from housing discrimination is at the core of our mission at HUD.”

HUD’s FHIP grants support a wide range of fair housing enforcement, education, and outreach activities. These grants allow the groups to provide fair housing enforcement through testing in the rental and sales markets, to file fair housing complaints to HUD, and to conduct investigations. Additionally, the education and outreach activities these organizations conduct also help to educate the public, housing providers, and local governments about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act.

FHIP grants are provided under three categories:

  • Private Enforcement Initiative grants (PEI)– These awards help nonprofit fair housing enforcement organizations carry out investigations and other enforcement activities to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices.
  • Education and Outreach Initiative grants (EOI)– HUD awards these grants 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 substantially equivalent to the Fair Housing Act.
  • Fair Housing Organizations Initiative grants (FHOI) – HUD awards these grants to help build the capacity and effectiveness of non-profit fair housing organizations to continue and enhance enforcement of the Fair Housing Act.

Persons 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) 927-9275 (TTY)

HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.
More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet
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You can also connect with HUD on social media and follow Secretary Carson on Twitter and Facebook or sign up for news alerts on HUD’s Email List.


State Recipient Grant Type Amount
Michigan Fair Housing Center of West Michigan EOI $      125,000
  Fair Housing Center Southeastern Michigan EOI $      125,000
  Legal Services of Eastern Michigan EOI $      125,000
MICHIGAN TOTALNATIONAL TOTAL    $  375,000$  15,128,621


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