Private Enforcement Initiatives
To assist private non-profit fair housing enforcement organizations in the investigation and enforcement of violations of the rights granted under title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 2801). To develop, implement, and carry out, related activities and enforcement under the or State or local laws that provide substantially equivalent rights and remedies for alleged discriminatory housing practices. Objectives include carrying out testing and other investigative activities.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
No data available. No data availableFiscal Year 2017
No data available.Fiscal Year 2019
No data available
Housing and Community Development Act of 1987, Part Public Law 100-242, Section 561
Revises and expands the Fair Housing Initiatives Program to include changes in fair housing and lending laws/regulations since the Housing and Community Development Act of 1987, as amended
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Eligible applicants are other private institutions/organizations with at least one year of enforcement related experience.
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 or real estate agents, to prevent discriminatory housing practices because of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin.
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. Applicants must adhere to cost principles that are determined in accordance with 2 CFR Part 200.400 (Subpart E-Cost Principles). Applicants must provide verification of 501(c)(3) status. 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.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must apply electronically unless a waiver is granted. Applicants must have a valid SAMs Registration, DUNs number & be registered with Grants.gov. Meet Departmental Thresholds and Program Requirements for eligibility, including must be a Qualified Fair Housing Organization (QFHO) or a Fair Housing Organization (FHO). 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2CFR 200.200 (Subpart C- Pre-Federal Award Requirements and contents of Federal Awards) apply to this program. Applications must be submitted in accordance with requirements and forms provided in the Notice of Funding Availability as posted on www.Grants.gov.
Applications will be evaluated competitively and awarded points based on the Selection Criteria included in the published NOFA. The final decision rests with the Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity or her/his designee.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The approval/dismissal process begins 30 days after funding awards to at least a period of 120 days and depend on the number of applications received and other factors. The final decision rests with the Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity or her/his designee.
Begin 30 days after funding awards to at least a period of 120 days.
How are proposals selected?
The selection criteria are based on rating and ranking by a Technical Evaluation panel. Under this competitive process, applicants are ranked based on Rating Factors points, preference points, and past performance and applicant risk. The specific criteria and points assigned are listed in the Notice of Funding Availability.
How may assistance be used?
Funds can be used to assist tax exempt non-profit fair housing enforcement organizations in enforcement activities. 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 eligible activities provided under an annual Notice of Funding Availability
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, nonfederal 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 a 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.
2 CFR 200.333-337 applies to this program.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funding is in accordance with requirements and forms provided in the NOFA. A 36-month project period with 12-month budget periods. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Assistance is awarded through funding documents and negotiated grant or cooperative agreements and HUD financial system releases funds based on reimbursement of activities. Funding and Award Information is contained in the NOFA.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
HUD Field Office Fair Housing Enforcement Center or Program Operations and Compliance Center: Director, Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity in the appropriate HUD Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
451 7th Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20410
Washington, DC 20410 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$13,792,640.00; FY 19 est $61,500,000.00; FY 20 est $30,350,000.00; FY 17$16,013,813.00; FY 16$30,350,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$300,000 per project period. $900,000 total funding for multi-year (3 years)
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
24 CFR Part 125, Fair Housing Initiatives Program.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016
No published data available. No published data available.Fiscal Year 2017
FHIP provided a grant for a proposal to serve over 2.5 million residents. The services will expand over 20 county service areas with a primary focus: 1) conducting testing and other investigation tools to effectively address unlawful discrimination, 2) expanding the public’s knowledge of the organization services provided to uncover incidents of housing discrimination, 3) supporting training programs on fair housing, and 5) investigations and testing projects related to the investigation of systemic predatory lending allegations and other systemic investigations. The organization fair housing activities include: 1) conducting intakes and investigations, and processing allegations of housing discrimination; 2) completing rental, lending and insurance test parts in a systemic capacity or in response to allegations of housing discrimination; 3) filing meritorious fair housing complaints with HUD/FHAP/courts; 4) other enforcement and educational and outreach activities including 15 fair housing trainings; and 5) conducting an annual April fair housing conference.Fiscal Year 2019
No published data available.