Fair Housing Organization Initiatives

To assist in the organizing of fair housing enforcement organizations in order to develop, implement, carry out, or coordinate programs and/or activities that provide enforcement of fair housing rights under the Fair Housing Act; 42 U.S.C.

3601-3619 or State or local laws that provide substantially

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equivalent rights and remedies for alleged discriminatory housing practices.

Objectives include provisions for strengthening existing fair housing enforcement organizations as well as establishing new organizations.

Agency - Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

HUD Field Office Fair Housing Enforcement Center or Program Operations and Compliance Center: Director, Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity in the appropriate HUD Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Financial assistance is provided for projects to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices.

Eligible projects and activities must be conducted in accordance with procedures contained in 24 CFR Part 125 and in accordance with the annual Notice of Funding Availability.

Financial assistance is provided for projects to affirmatively further fair housing conducted by public or private entities.

However, fair housing enforcement projects, including those to support the continued development of existing fair housing organizations and to establish new ones, may only be awarded to fair housing enforcement organizations under the Fair Housing Act or State or local laws that provide substantially equivalent rights and remedies for alleged discriminatory housing practices.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Qualified Fair Housing Enforcement Organizations or Fair Housing Enforcement Organizations and nonprofit groups organizing to build their capacity to provide fair housing enforcement.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any person or group of persons aggrieved by discriminatory housing practices because of race, color, religion, sex disability familial status or national origin. Also, any person or group of persons, including landlords or real estate agents, to prevent discriminatory housing practices because of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin.

Credentials/Documentation

Costs principles are determined in accordance with 2CFR Part 200.400 (Subpart e-cost Principles). Applicants for enforcement related activities must be tax exempt non-profit organizations in accordance with 24 CFR part 125, and provide verification of 501(c)(3) status. Applicants for funding whose applications include conducting testing activities must certify that they will not solicit funds from or seek to provide services or products for compensation to any person or organization which has been the subject of testing by the applicant for a 12-month period following a test. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR 200.200-208 (SubpatC-PreFederal Award Requirements and Contents of Federal Awards) apply to this program. Applications must be submitted in accordance with requirements and forms provided in the Notice of Funding Availability as posted on www.Grants.gov.

Award Procedures

Applications will be evaluated competitively and awarded points based on the selection criteria included in the published Notice of Funding Availability. The final decision rests with the Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity or her/his designee.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Housing and Community Development Act of 1987, Section 561, Public Law 100-242, as amended; Housing and Community Development Act of 1992, Section 905, Public Law 102-550, 101 Stat. 1815.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Deadline published on www.grants.gov or follow instructions above. Two to six months.

Appeals

Begin 30 days after funding awards to at least a period of 120 days.

Renewals

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. This program does not have MOE requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Funding is in accordance with requirements and forms provided in the Notice of Funding Availability with project periods generally ranging from 12 to 36 months. Assistance provided quarterly or as specified in the grant agreement. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: This assistance is awarded through funding documents and grant agreements obligating documents. Funds are released through HUD's financial system. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: This assistance is awarded through funding documents and grant agreements obligating documents. Funds are released through HUD's financial system.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Program reports are not required.

Quarterly performance assessment reports are applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Grantees are assessed quarterly on their performance of timely submission of deliverables, the quality of their submissions and their efficiency in meeting specified timelines for drawing down funds and financial management.

A final report of all cumulative activities is also required.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Not applicable

Records

None.

Financial Information

Account Identification

86-0144-0-1-751.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $900,000; FY 17 est $500,000; and FY 18 est $500,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$500,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

24 CFR Part 125, Fair Housing Initiatives Program.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. HUD Field Office Fair Housing Enforcement Center or Program Operations and Compliance Center: Director, Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity in the appropriate HUD Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Paula Stone 451 7th Street, S.W. Room 5222 Washington, D.C. 20410, Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: Paula.Stone@HUD.gov Phone: 2024027054

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The selection criteria is based on 5 separate Rating Factor points, which are assigned by a technical Evaluation Panel. The specific criteria and points assigned to each Rating Factor are listed in the Notices of Funding Availability, as posted on Grants.gov.



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