On April 17, 2019, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) announced that Legal Aid of North Carolina had been awarded an Education and Outreach Initiative (EOI) grant to Legal Aid’s Fair Housing Project. The $125,000 grant will allow Legal Aid to conduct education and outreach training events, including programs for individuals with disabilities and their advocates, as well as programs targeted to address sex discrimination in housing, including sexual harassment; and develop and distribute print and digital information and educational materials.
In December 2018, HUD had announced that Legal Aid was also awarded a Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI) grant for $300,000, to (1) provide legal assistance to individuals who have experienced housing discrimination; (2) conduct education and outreach training events for housing consumers, community advocates, landlords, and local government officials; (3) conduct undercover fair housing testing; and (4) develop and distribute educational materials in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
Jeffrey Dillman, Co-Director of the Fair Housing Project, said of the award, “We are grateful to HUD for continuing to support the Fair Housing Project’s work to fight housing discrimination across North Carolina. With this funding, we will be able to continue addressing the needs of individuals and communities to fair and decent housing free from discrimination.”
The Fair Housing Project is the only private North Carolina-based fair housing enforcement organization providing comprehensive fair housing services to residents throughout the State. Since being established in 2011, the Fair Housing Project has obtained more than $6 million in relief for victims of housing discrimination.
To contact the Fair Housing Project, call toll-free (855) 797-3247.
Click here for the April 17, 2019, HUD press release announcing grant awards around the country.
Click here for the December 4, 2018, HUD press release announcing grant awards around the country.