Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developed (“HUD”) announced that Legal Aid of North Carolina had been awarded two fair housing grants, totaling $425,000, to allow its Fair Housing Project to continue its enforcement and education work throughout the State in the coming year.
Through its Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI) grant, Legal Aid will continue 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.
Under the Education and Outreach Initiatives (EOI) grant, Legal Aid will (1) conduct education and outreach training events, including programs for individuals with disabilities and their advocates; (2) conduct targeted community engagement listening sessions on fair housing needs; and (3) develop and distribute print and digital information and educational materials.
Legal Aid of North Carolina is the only North Carolina-based organization to receive a PEI or an EOI grant to conduct work in North Carolina in the current fiscal year.
Jeffrey Dillman, Co-Director of the Fair Housing Project, said of the award, “We are grateful to HUD for continuing its 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 headquartered in Raleigh and operates statewide. It is the only private fair housing enforcement organization providing comprehensive fair housing services to residents throughout North Carolina. 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 HUD press release announcing grant awards around the country.
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