Kaptur Announces $425,000 in Federal Funds for Toledo’s Fair Housing Center
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, today announced $425,000 in federal funds for The Fair Housing Center in Toledo to strengthen its work to prevent and eliminate housing discrimination. The funds were allocated through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP).
Of the $425,000, $300,000 will be administered through FHIP’s Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI) grant, which funds non-profit housing organizations to carry out testing and enforcement activities to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices, while $125,000 will be administered through FHIP’s Education and Outreach Initiative (EOI) grant, which funds local government and non-profit fair housing organizations that educate the public and housing providers about equal opportunity in housing and compliance with fair housing laws.
“I am so grateful for the important work The Fair Housing Center carries out on a daily basis to prevent and eliminate housing discrimination in our community,” said Rep. Kaptur. “Discriminatory housing practices continue to be a barrier for many who seek housing. Thankfully, The Fair Housing Center has been there to educate housing providers, provide resources to individuals who’ve faced housing discrimination, and hold bad actors accountable when necessary. This federal support will help the nationally recognized Fair Housing Center continue its important mission successfully. Due to inexcusable delays from HUD in getting resources to the ground where they are needed, The Fair Housing Center was forced to cut workers’ hours and salaries as they waited for HUD. I look forward to meeting with the President and CEO of The Fair Housing Center later this week to hear from them directly and find ways we can work together to ensure HUD is held to account in turning these grants around on time.”
“Like other fair housing organizations across the country, our staff has had to make sacrifices to continue to do this important work during a six-month gap in funding,” said President and CEO of the Fair Housing Center Marie Flannery. “I am grateful to our staff and Board for their dedication and to our community for their support. Knowing that this critical HUD funding is on the way means that we can advance our efforts to eliminate housing discrimination and create welcoming neighborhoods of opportunity. The Fair Housing Center fully supports Congresswoman Kaptur’s efforts to ensure continued federal funding for these vital enforcement and education activities so that everyone in our community may choose where they live, free from harassment and discrimination.”
Fair housing organizations and other non-profits that receive funding through the Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP), such as The Fair Housing Center, assist people who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination.
FHIP organizations partner with HUD to help people identify government agencies that handle complaints of housing discrimination. They also conduct preliminary investigation of claims, including sending "testers" to properties suspected of practicing housing discrimination. Testers are minorities and whites with the same financial qualifications who evaluate whether housing providers treat equally-qualified people differently.
In addition to funding organizations that provide direct assistance to individuals who feel they have been discriminated against while attempting to purchase or rent housing, FHIP also has initiatives that promote fair housing laws and equal housing opportunity awareness.