HUD awards $28 million in grants to fight housing discrimination
The Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded more than $28 million in grants to nonprofits to combat housing discrimination. The agency provided funds to 84 organizations in 33 states and Washington, D.C., through its Fair Housing Initiatives Program to help investigate allegations of housing discrimination. "The Obama administration is committed to ending housing discrimination, and these grants enable local fair housing and community organizations all over the nation to help HUD enforce the Fair Housing Act, and make people more aware of their fair housing rights," HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said. HUD said about $17.5 million of the grant money will be used to investigate housing discrimination, $4.6 million to educate the public about housing rights and $5.9 million to serve rural and immigrant populations in areas where there are no standing fair housing organizations. Write to Kerri Panchuk.