Menendez, Booker Announce $427k to Fight Housing Discrimination in Northern New Jersey

Menendez, Booker Announce $427k to Fight Housing Discrimination in Northern New Jersey

NEWARK, NJ - Today, U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory booker (both D-NJ) announced $427,487 in grants to the Fair Housing Council of Northern New Jersey to assist victims of housing discrimination and root out and prevent discriminatory housing practices. This funds are awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP).

"The fight against housing discrimination is a fight we must win," said Senator Menendez. "That's why I'm pleased to see this funding go to the Fair Housing Council of Northern New Jersey so that they can continue ensuring fair housing laws are being enforced in our communities, while also providing critical education and assistance so that those who may have been victims of discriminatory housing practices understand their rights."

"We must end the deplorable practice of housing discrimination in our state," said Senator Booker. "This grant funding will help us to invest in fair housing initiatives to prevent further discrimination and empower individuals who have endured this unjust treatment. I am committed to fighting for resources that will enable us to protect and proactively educate New Jerseyans as they seek housing in any community of their choosing."

The specific awards follow:

  • $302,487 in a Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI) grant to carry out testing and enforcement activities to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices.
  • $125,000 in an Education and Outreach Initiative (EOI) grant for initiatives that explain to the general public and housing providers what equal opportunity in housing means and what housing providers need to do to comply with the Fair Housing Act.

HUD's Fair Housing Initiatives Program distributes grants nationwide to 99 fair housing organizations and other non-profit agencies in 35 states and the District of Columbia. The grants will be used to enforce the Fair Housing Act through investigation and testing of alleged discriminatory practices, and to educate housing providers, local governments, and potential victims of housing discrimination about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act.

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