Fair Housing Assistance Program_State and Local

To provide assistance to State and local fair housing enforcement agencies to support complaint processing, training, technical assistance, education and outreach, data and information systems and other activities that will further fair housing within the agency's jurisdiction.

The intent of the
Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) is to build an intergovernmental enforcement effort to further fair housing at the State and local level by providing funding assistance for State and local fair housing enforcement agencies to increase administration of fair housing laws.

Agency - Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.

Office - HUD Field Offices listed in the Catalog Appendix IV.


Program Accomplishments

There are currently 108 jurisdictions receiving financial assistance under this program. In Fiscal Year 2008 HUD estimates that two addtional jurisdictions will receive funding.

Uses and Use Restrictions

State and local fair housing enforcement agencies in the first year of participation in the FHAP receive a fixed amount of capacity building funding.

Agencies in the second year and beyond are eligible to receive contributions funding which provides funds for complaint processing, administrative costs, and training.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Application for participation from State and local government agencies is encouraged for jurisdictions with current or new/pending State and local fair housing laws and ordinances.

The funding process includes a requirement to obtain HUD interim certification of the applicant agency's State and local fair housing laws and ordinances as providing substantially equivalent rights and remedies as those provided by the Fair Housing Act.

Eligible applicants include State and local government fair housing enforcement agencies administering State and local fair housing laws and ordinances which have been interim certified by HUD as providing substantially equivalent rights and remedies as those provided by the Fair Housing Act and which have executed formal written Agreements with HUD to process housing discrimination complaints.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any person or group of persons aggrieved by a discriminatory housing practice because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.

Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

None.

Award Procedures

None.

Deadlines

None.

Authorization

Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. 3600 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

None.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Cooperative agreements are executed for one year, they are non-competitive, and provide funding for complaint processing, administrative costs, and training for contribution agencies. Capacity building funds are also provided under a cooperative agreement for a one year period. For detailed program information under each funding component, contact the Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Hub or Headquarters Office. Fixed price cooperative agreements are anticipated to be awarded with payments to be made in accordance with a schedule of dates set out in the cooperative agreements.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

On-site review and evaluation and regular monitoring of agency's performance as specified in 24 CFR Part 115 to assure HUD's substantial equivalency standards are met.

Payment is in accordance with payment schedules established in the agency's cooperative agreements.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. See exemptions and exceptions in Circular No. A-133.

Records

State and local agencies are required to maintain housing complaint files for a period of one year after closure.

Financial Information

Account Identification

86-0144-0-1-751.

Obigations

FY 07 $26,000,000; FY 08 est $25,620,000; and FY 09 est $25,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Contributions for Capacity Building - $120,000; Complaint Processing, Training, and Administrative Costs.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

See 24 CFR Part 115 for regulations on the certification and funding of State and local Fair Housing Enforcement Agencies.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

HUD Field Offices listed in the Catalog Appendix IV.

Headquarters Office

Kenneth J. Carroll, Director, FHAP Division, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, S.W., Room 5206, Washington, DC 20410. Telephone: (202) 402-7044.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Funding is contingent upon obtaining and maintaining HUD certification of the applicant agency's State and local fair housing laws and ordinances as providing substantially equivalent rights and remedies as those provided by the Fair Housing Act. Funding for capacity building will be based on a written statement of work within established limitations.



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