U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Fair Housing Initiative Program – Private Enforcement Initiative
The Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) provides funding to fair housing organizations and other nonprofits that assist individuals who believe that they have been victims of housing discrimination. Currently FHIP provides funds to eligible organizations through three initiatives to carry out enforcement activities to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices and inform individuals of their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act. The Initiatives are: the Fair Housing Organizations Initiative (FHOI), Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI), and the Education and Outreach Initiative (EOI).
PEI provides funding to private, nonprofit fair housing enforcement organizations that meet statutory requirements to investigate violations and obtain enforcement of the rights granted under the Fair Housing Act or State or local laws that provide rights and remedies for discriminatory housing practices that are substantially equivalent to the rights and remedies provided in the Fair Housing Act.
Amount: An estimated $6,130,337 is available to make approximately 20 awards ranging from $100,000 to $300,000 for a project period of 36 months.
Eligibility: Qualified Fair Housing Enforcement Organizations (QFHOs) with at least two years of experience in complaint intake, complaint investigation, testing for fair housing violations, and enforcement related experience and meritorious claims in the three years prior to filing this application, or Fair Housing Enforcement Organizations (FHOs) with at least one year of experience in the enforcement-related activities listed above in the two years prior to the filing of the application. Both FHOs and QFHOs must currently conduct these enforcement
activities and operate a full-service program.
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