Fair Housing Assistance Program_State and Local
To provide assistance to State and local fair housing enforcement agencies for 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 a coordinated intergovernmental enforcement of fair housing laws and provide incentives for States and localities to assume a greater share of responsibility for administering fair housing laws.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office: Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2014: State and local agencies participating in the FHAP investigated and attempted/reached resolution in approximately 6,843 complaints of discrimination cognizable under the federal Fair Housing Act in fiscal year 2014. Fiscal Year 2015: No data available. Fiscal Year 2016: No data available.
The Fair Housing Act 42 U.S.C. 3600 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Eligible applicants include State and local government fair housing enforcement agencies administering fair housing laws that have been interim 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. In determining eligibility, HUD may also take into consideration whether a jurisdiction is already served by a FHAP agency.
Any person or group of persons aggrieved by a discriminatory housing practice because of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin. Also includes organizations (e.g. fair housing groups) that have suffered an injury as a result of a discriminatory housing practice.
Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. None.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
How are proposals selected?
Funding to a state or local agency is contingent on appropriation from Congress and the state or local agency's enforcement of a law that, on its face and in operation, is substantially equivalent to the Fair Housing Act.
How may assistance be used?
State and local fair housing enforcement agencies in their first three years of participation in the FHAP receive a fixed amount of funding to build the capacity of the agency to enforce substantially equivalent fair housing laws. For these “capacity building” agencies, HUD has discretion in the second year and beyond to provide contributions funding in lieu of the fixed amount, which provides funds for complaint processing, administrative costs, and training associated with the enforcement of a substantially equivalent fair housing law.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. .
State and local agencies are required to maintain housing discrimination complaint files for a period of one year after closure.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title Certification and Funding of State and Local Fair Housing Enforcement Agencies, Chapter 24, Part 115.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Cooperative agreements are executed for one year, they are non-competitive, and provide funding for complaint processing, administrative costs, and training for contribution agencies. Capacity building funds are also provided under a cooperative agreement for a period of up to three years. For detailed program information under each funding component, contact the Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Region or Headquarters Office. Fixed price cooperative agreements are anticipated to be awarded with payments to be made in accordance with a schedule of dates set out in the cooperative agreements. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Joseph Pelletier 451 7th Street, S.W., WASHINGTON, District of Columbia 20410 Email: Joseph.A.Pelletier@hud.gov
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $30,726,737; FY 15 est $27,204,864; and FY 16 est $23,300,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Funding is provided for capacity building, complaint processing, training, and administrative costs.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
See 24 CFR Part 115 for regulations on the Certification and Funding of State and local Fair Housing Enforcement Agencies.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: Investigation, conciliation, and litigation of housing discrimination complaints brought under state and local laws that are substantially equivalent to the federal Fair Housing Act and fair housing partnerships that assist states and localities carry out provisions of state and local laws that are substantially equivalent to the federal Fair Housing Act. . Fiscal Year 2016: Investigation, conciliation, and litigation of housing discrimination complaints brought under state and local laws that are substantially equivalent to the federal Fair Housing Act and fair housing partnerships that assist states and localities carry out provisions of state and local laws that are substantially equivalent to the federal Fair Housing Act.