Funding Fights Housing Discrimination

Boston – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it is awarding an additional $1.2 million under its Fair Housing Initiatives Program to support the efforts of 11 organizations to educate the public and housing providers about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act.

Wayfinders, Inc. of Springfield is one of 11 organizations that will receive a HUD grant of $122,086. Last month, HUD awarded $15 million to help dozens of similar organizations across the country to conduct a range of fair housing enforcement, capacity building, and education and outreach activities.

“No one should be denied the opportunity to live where they want because of how they look, their faith, whether they have children or because they have a disability,” said David Tille, HUD New England regional administrator. “These grants will help us continue our efforts to educate the public and housing industry about their housing rights and responsibilities.”

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).