HUD AWARDS NEARLY $760,000 IN GRANTS TO COMBAT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION IN WISCONSIN

CHICAGO, IL – May 28, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded nearly $760,000 to three fair housing organizations to assist people in Wisconsin who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination.

“We are pleased to provide the only federal grant support to private fair housing enforcement and education,” said HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity John Trasviña.  Our local partners are essential to ending housing discrimination.”

“With these grants, our partners in Wisconsin will help HUD ensure the American public has equal access to their dream homes in inclusive communities,” said Antonio R. Riley, HUD’s Midwest Regional Administrator.

The competitive grants are funded through HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP), and are part of nearly $41.18 million distributed nationwide to 99 fair housing organizations and other non-profit agencies in 35 states and the District of Columbia. The grants will be used to enforce the Fair Housing Act through investigation and testing of alleged discriminatory practices, and to educate housing providers, local governments and potential victims of housing discrimination about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act. HUD had over $70 million in requests for FHIP, but funded only $41 million.

HUD is awarding FHIP grants to the following agencies:

Wisconsin

Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council

Milwaukee

$311,322.00

Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council

Milwaukee

$322,629.00

Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council

Milwaukee

$124,814.00

Read a complete project-by-project summary of the programs awarded grants today.

FHEO and its partners in the Fair Housing Assistance Program investigate more than 9,300 housing discrimination complaints annually. People who believe they are the victims of housing discrimination should contact HUD at 1-800-669-9777 (voice), or (800) 927-9275 (TTY).

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HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.
HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the
need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build
inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business.
More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and http://espanol.hud.gov. You can also follow HUD on twitter @HUDnews, on facebook at
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Contact:
Laura J. Feldman
(312) 913-8332 /laura.j.feldman (at) hud (dot) gov
http://www.hud.gov/news/index.cfm

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