Nonprofits get $38 million to help government fight housing discrimination

HUD funding testing and enforcement programs that can land brokerages in hot water

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The federal agency charged with enforcing the Fair Housing Act is giving $38.3 million to nonprofits across the country who will help the government fight housing discrimination by carrying out testing and enforcement programs that can land real estate brokerages in hot water. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the grants to 95 fair housing organizations and other nonprofit agenciesĀ in 38 states and Washington, D.C. Most of the money -- $24.7 million -- will fund testing and enforcement activities to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices. Another $9.8 million will be used to help build the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofit fair housing organizations, particularly those that focus on the rights and needs of underserved groups such as rural and immigrant populations, HUD said. The remaining $3.8 million will be spent to educate the public and housing providers about their rights and responsibilities under federal, state, ...