US Department of Housing and Urban Development: HUD AWARDS OVER $47 MILLION TO FIGHT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION

US Department of Housing and Urban Development, September 2, 2021, HUD Awards Over $47 Million to Fight Housing Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – through the Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) – has awarded $47.4 million to several organizations working in the fair housing issue-area.

$34 million has been allocated to the Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI), which awards organizations that  advocate for those whose complaints fall under the Fair Housing Act. Of the remaining funds, $10 million has been set aside for the Education and Outreach Initiative (EOI), which is given to organizations that seek to educate the public and housing providers on fair housing through various programs.

Through these two initiatives, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition is expected to receive $375,000 and $499,636 respectively.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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