$125,000 HUD Grant Awarded to NWFHA

Posted on October 02, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - SPOKANE, WA – Northwest Fair Housing Alliance (NWFHA) has been awarded a $125,000 18-month grant under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) Education and Outreach Initiative (EOI) General Component. EOI-G funding will enable NWHA to continue comprehensive fair housing education and outreach in 17 counties (Spokane, Whitman, Garfield, Columbia, Asotin, Walla Walla, Franklin, Benton, Yakima, Grant, Adams, Lincoln, Douglas, Ferry, Okanogan, Stevens and Pend Oreille). Specifically, NWFHA will:

  • increase outreach to limited English proficient populations, by translating 3 fair housing brochures into Russian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Arabic, and Laotian; producing 3 video public service announcements in Russian; and distributing brochures and videos via NWFHA’s website, HUD’s Fair Housing Clearinghouse, NWFHA social media sites, and email; 
  • educate policymakers on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing and the Fair Housing Act through coordinated training with other regional fair agencies; 
  • educate housing consumers, providers, and health care professionals about reasonable accommodations by localizing existing reasonable accommodation materials for medical and therapeutic professionals; and creating a brochure for tenants about reasonable accommodations in English, Spanish and Russian; 
  • provide community outreach via public outreach events, interviews on English and Spanish radio programs, and print, radio, and TV PSAs; 
  • continue sex discrimination education by presenting 6 national webcasts on sex discrimination; providing technical assistance to 5 fair housing and gender justice organizations on NWFHA sex discrimination curricula; presenting a transgender housing discrimination workshop at the annual Western WA Fair Housing Conference; updating the sex discrimination website being developed for a FY15 EOI-NP grant; training student housing providers about sex discrimination and the Fair Housing Act; providing technical assistance to 4 emergency shelters on best practices for serving transgender clients; and providing technical assistance to 4 regional fair housing agencies on training emergency shelters about best practices for serving transgender clients.  

NWFHA has also received $300,000 for the third year of a FY14 3-year FHIP Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI) grant.

NWFHA is a qualified fair housing enforcement organization (QFHO) 503(c) (3) non-profit with over 24 years of experience providing fair housing education, outreach, investigation, testing, and advocacy.