FORT WORTH – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded grants to four organizations in Texas totaling $1,284,632 in an effort to reduce housing discrimination. Texas organizations receiving the awards are located in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.
“Ending housing discrimination requires that we support the law of the land and protect the housing rights of individuals and families who would be denied those rights,” stated HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “Ensuring and promoting Fair Housing practices lies at the core of HUD’s mission and these grants enable community groups all over the nation to help families who are denied equal access to housing.
Regional Administrator Tammye Treviño added, “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. These grants will help us continue our efforts to educate the public and housing industry about their housing rights and responsibilities.”
In Houston, the organizations receiving a portion of the award is Greater Houston Fair Housing Center, Inc. FY13 Private Enforcement Initiative –Multi-Year Component – $325,000.00.
The Greater Houston Fair Housing Center, Inc. (GHFHC) will use its grant to continue providing fair housing enforcement services—complaint intake, investigation, mediation, and referral services for victims of discrimination, tester recruitment and training, testing, and inspection of multifamily housing for compliance with fair housing requirements in the Houston metropolitan area. These services will be available in both English and Spanish. For more information, visit www.hud.gov.