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14.401 Fair Housing Assistance Program_State and Local
OFFICE OF FAIR HOUSING AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. 3600 et seq.
To provide assistance to State and local fair housing enforcement agencies to support complaint processing, training, technical assistance, education and outreach, data and information systems and other activities that will further fair housing within the agency's jurisdiction. The intent of the Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) is to build an intergovernmental enforcement effort to further fair housing and to assist State and local fair housing enforcement agencies to assume a greater share of the responsibility for administering fair housing laws.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
State and local fair housing enforcement agencies in the first three years of participation in the FHAP receive a fixed amount of capacity building funding. Agencies that are in their fourth year and beyond of participation in the FHAP are eligible to receive contributions funding which provides funds for complaint processing, administrative costs, training costs, and special enforcement effort.
Applicant Eligibility: State and local fair housing enforcement agencies administering State and local fair housing laws and ordinances which have been certified by HUD as providing substantially equivalent rights and remedies as those provided by the Fair Housing Act and which have executed formal written Agreements with HUD to process housing discrimination complaints.
Pre-application Coordination: This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: On-site review and evaluation and regular monitoring of agency complaint handling performance to assure HUD's substantial equivalency standards are met. Payment is in accordance with payment schedules established in the agency's cooperative agreements.
Account Identification: 86-0144-0-1-751.
Substantial increase in receipt and referral of housing discrimination complaints to State and local agencies. Since the passage of the strengthened Fair Housing Act in 1989, approximately 95 jurisdictions have amended their fair housing laws to make them substantially equivalent to the Act. In 2001, 95 jurisdictions received financial assistance under this program.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Certification and Funding of State and Local Fair Housing Enforcement Agencies, 24 CFR Part 115.
Regional or Local Office: See Regional Agency Offices.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Funding for capacity building will be based on a written statement of work within established limitations.