Fair Housing Initiatives Program

 

To develop, implement, carry out, or coordinate programs and/or activities to educate the public about, as well as provide enforcement of, fair housing rights under the Fair Housing Act; 42 U.S.C. 3601-3619 or State or local laws that provide substantially equivalent rights and remedies for alleged discriminatory housing practices. Objectives include provisions for strengthening existing or establish new fair housing enforcement organizations.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
14.408
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office: Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Authorization
Housing and Community Development Act of 1987, Section 561, Public Law 100-242, as amended; Housing and Community Act of 1992, Section 905, Public Law 102-550, 101 Stat. 1815.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State and local government agencies, public or private nonprofit organizations or institutions- and other public or private entities that are formulating or carrying out programs to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices. Applicants for funding of testing activities must have at least one year of experience in complaint intake, complaint investigation, testing for fair housing violations, and enforcement of meritorious claims. Applicants for funding of testing activities must certify that they will not solicit funds from or seek to provide services or products for compensation to any person or organization which has been the subject of testing by the applicant for a 12-month period following a test. Fair housing enforcement organizations and nonprofit groups organizing to build their capacity to provide fair housing enforcement are also eligible applicants.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Any person or group of persons aggrieved by discriminatory housing practices because of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin. Also, any person or group of persons, including landlords and real estate agents, to prevent discriminatory housing practices because of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin.
Credentials/Documentation
Costs principles are determined accordance with 2 CFR Part 200.400 (Subpart E-Cost Principles). Applicants for enforcement related activities must provide written verification of 401 (c) (3) status. Applicants for funding of testing activities must certify that they will not solicit funds from or seek to provide services or products for compensation to any person or organization which has been the subject of testing by the applicant for a 12-month period following a test. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. 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 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. 2 CFR 200.200 (Subpart C-Pre-Federal Award Requirements and Contents of Federal Awards) apply to this program. Applicants must be submitted in accordance with requirements and forms provided in the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) as posted on www.Grants.gov.
Award Procedure
Funds are awarded in accordance with the NOFA. The signing official or designee has the final authority for awards.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Deadlines are listed under www.grants.gov

120-180 days.
Appeals
From 30 to 60 days. 30-60 days.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The selection criteria that will be considered in reviewing applications will be included in the NOFA, as posted on www.Grants.gov.
How may assistance be used?
Financial assistance is provided for projects to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices. Eligible projects and activities must be conducted in accordance with procedures contained in 24 CFR Part 125 and in an annual Notice of Funding Availability. Financial assistance is provided for projects to affirmatively further fair housing conducted by public or private entities. However, fair housing enforcement projects, including those to support the continued development of existing fair housing organizations and to establish new ones, may only be awarded to fair housing enforcement organizations under the Fair Housing Act or State or local laws that provide substantially equivalent rights and remedies for alleged discriminatory housing practices. Education and outreach projects may generally be awarded to a wider variety of organizations including public or private or not-for-profit organizations or institutions, or other public or private entities that are working to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices, as well as faith-based community-based organizations and State or local government agencies.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Quarterly progress reports will be required. Eligible applicants must submit reports applicable under 2 CFR 200.300 (Subpart D), and specifically 200.328. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Annual performance monitoring is required. Expenditure reports are not applicable. No performance monitoring is required.
Auditing
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. This program requires audit procedures in accordance with the provision of 2 CFR 200.500. Part 200.501 provides, “non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of 750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or program-specific audit conducted for that year. Additionally, 2 CFR 200.503 notes, non-Federal entities that expend less than
$750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year.
Records
2 CFR 200.333 applies to this program.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funding is in accordance with requirements and forms provided in the NOFA with project periods generally ranging from 12 to 36 months. Assistance is provided quarterly or as specified in the grant agreement. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are awarded under the NOFA. Funds are released under funding documents as negotiated under the grant agreement. Funds are released under HUD's financial system as reimbursements for activities completed.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Headquarters Office
Paula Stone 451 7th Street, S.W.
Room 5222
Washington, D.C. 20410, Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: Paula.Stone@hud.gov Phone: 202 402-7054
Website Address
http://www.hud.gov/offices/fheo/partners/FHIP/fhip.cfm.
Financial Information
Account Identification
86-0144-0-1-751.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $38,866,813; FY 15 est $40,303,560; and FY 16 est $44,700,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$125,000-$2,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
24 CFR Part 125, Fair Housing Initiatives Program.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.

 


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