The right to equal opportunity in housing is ensured not only by the Fair Housing Act, but also by State and local laws. The Department of Housing and Urban Development provides Federal Housing Assistance Program funding annually on a noncompetitive basis to State and local agencies that enforce fair housing laws that are substantially equivalent to the Fair Housing Act.
At the beginning of an agency's participation in the FHAP, we provide a flat amount of funds for capacity building. Following the period of capacity building, we may reimburse an agency for housing discrimination complaints it investigates that are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act. Additional funds for administrative costs, special enforcement efforts, training and other projects designed to enhance the agency's administration and enforcement of its fair housing law may be provided. All funding is subject to appropriation.
To be eligible for assistance through the FHAP, a state or local agency must demonstrate to HUD that it enforces a fair housing law that is substantially equivalent to the Fair Housing Act. In determining eligibility, HUD may also take into consideration whether the jurisdiction is already served by a FHAP agency.
FHAP-funded activities help protect families and individuals who believe they have been victims of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability or familial status (i.e., the presence of children) in the sale, rental, or financing of housing.
The FHAP supports a variety of fair housing administrative and enforcement activities, including complaint processing, training, implementation of data and information systems, and other special projects.
FHAP is authorized under Section 817 of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (The Fair Housing Act) as amended (42 U.S.C. 3601). Program regulations are at 24 CFR Part 115. FHAP is administered by the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. For more information, contact Kenneth J. Carroll, Director, FHAP Division, at (202) 402-7044.