The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has opened $30 million in support for states and counties that enforce federal fair housing regulations.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) opened $29.5 million in non-competitive funding available to HUD’s state and local fair housing enforcement agencies nationwide under its Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP). The FHAP is an intergovernmental partnership between the federal government and state and local agencies to provide protection to the public against discrimination in housing. The funding to State and local enforcement agencies supports fair housing complaint investigations and education and outreach activities to inform the public, housing providers, and local governments about their rights and responsibilities under both the Fair Housing Act and state and local fair housing laws.
Fiscal year 2023’s funding supports the efforts of 77 State, county, and city agencies that administer fair housing laws that provide rights, remedies, and procedures that are substantially equivalent to those provided by the federal Fair Housing Act.
Through this funding cycle, HUD is providing an approximate 6.5% increase in both Case Processing Fund reimbursement rates and Administrative Cost Funds temporarily introduced last year, which are the two main sources of FHAP funding provided annually to the Department’s agency partners. In addition, HUD is making a total of $1.5 million in Partnership funds available to support eligible FHAP agencies to partner with community organizations on targeted testing, and education and outreach activities. HUD has also expanded the scope and use of Special Enforcement Effort funds to make $1.1 million available to support the effort of agencies to create effective hybrid work environments to conduct fair housing enforcement work, a necessity during the coronavirus pandemic.
To learn more about how a state or local jurisdiction can become a Fair Housing Assistance Program, visit the Department’s FHAP website.