Equal Opportunity in Housing


To provide fair housing throughout the United States and an administrative enforcement system which is subject to judicial review.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office: Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
The Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. 3600 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Any aggrieved person, or the Assistant Secretary, may file a complaint based on an alleged discriminatory housing practice because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, disability, or national origin. The complaint may be filed with the Department of Housing and Urban Development or a State or local fair housing agency with processes, procedures and remedies substantially equivalent to those of the Department, and which the Department has approved.
Beneficiary Eligibility
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Complaints may be sent to any HUD Field Office, or to HUD's Washington, DC Headquarters.
Award Procedure
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Depends upon result of complaint processing.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
With limited exceptions, no housing offered commercially for sale or rental, may be advertised, sold, leased out, financed or appraised in a manner which discriminates on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability or familial status (the presence of children under the age of 18 in a household or a pregnant woman). In addition, housing providers and others must allow reasonable modifications to units and provide reasonable accommodations when these are necessary to allow a person with a disability full housing rights. Finally, multi-family housing built for occupancy after March 13, 1991, must comply with the Accessibility Guidelines established. Complaints of discrimination are investigated and conciliated. When conciliation is unsuccessful and where investigation indicates reasonable cause to believe that discrimination occurred or is about to occur, complainants may pursue their complaints before an Administrative law judge or in Federal district court (The Department of Justice litigates on behalf of complainants in Federal district court, or HUD litigates on their behalf in the administrative forum). Also conferences and training sessions are held to explain rights and responsibilities under the law to attorneys, developers, the real estate industry and the general public.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
None. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: None.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None. HUD Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Turner Russell, 451 7th Street, S.W., Room 5208, Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: TurnerRussell@hud.gov Phone: 202-402-5995
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
86-0340-0-1-751 - Salaries and Expenses Personnel Services; 86-0333-0-1-604 - Salaries and Expenses Executive Direction.
(Salaries) FY 13 $66,888,000; FY 14 est $67,356,000; and FY 15 est $75,874,000 - This is for Personnel Services and Appropriation Account 86-0340-0-1-751. (Salaries) FY 13 Not Separately Identifiable; FY 14 Not Separately Identifiable; and FY 15 Not Separately Identifiable - This is for Executive Direction and Appropriation Account 86-0333-0-1-604.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Regulations implementing the Fair Housing Act, 24 CFR Part 100; "Fair Housing It's Your Right," English (HUD-1686-FHEO); Fair Housing - Complaint Processing, 24 Part 103; Administrative Proceedings Under Section 812 of the Fair Housing Act, 24 CFR Part 180; Consolidated HUD Hearing Procedures for Civil Rights Matters Certification of Substantially Equivalent Agencies, 24 CFR 115; Preamble to Final Rule Implementing Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, 54 Federal Register 3232 (1989); CFR Ch I, Subch. A, App II.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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