FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HUD AWARDS GRANT TO THE CORPORATION FOR COMMUNITY AND
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT UNITED TO FIGHT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a grant to the Corporation for Community and Economic Development United (CCEDU) to extend the outreach of the Big Bend Fair Housing Initiative (the Initiative) which serves as a comprehensive education and outreach program designed to inform members of the public concerning their rights and obligations under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). The overall goal of the Initiative is to assist individuals who believe that they have been victims of housing discrimination. The project will provide education and outreach in twelve underserved rural counties, and in low-income areas in two urban counties in the North Florida Panhandle.
The Project will concentrate on providing education and outreach to the underserved rural areas in the North Florida Panhandle which include twelve rural counties with a 20% immigrant population of farm workers with limited English proficiency. The project will develop and disseminate fair housing education materials (e.g., brochures, and posters), marketing materials, and sponsor training events in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Kreyol that will be used to serve the immigrant population in the area. The education workshops and other events will specifically address housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, and/or national origin and policy that further the non-discrimination provisions of the FHA.
In addition, the education and outreach services will include fair Housing training and information seminars for housing providers. These sessions will be designed to furnish developers, real estate brokers, property managers, financial institutions, and the media/advertising industry with the most current information necessary to fully comply with fair housing laws and regulations.
The CCEDU supports the ongoing work of HUD to fight housing discrimination and educate the public, housing providers and local governments about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act. 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). Housing discrimination complaints may also be filed by going to www.hud.gov/fairhousing, or by downloading HUD’s free housing discrimination mobile application, which can be accessed through Apple devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.