Legal Aid of Arkansas Inc., a nonprofit that provides free legal advice to low-income people in 31 counties, has received a $425,000 federal grant to fight housing discrimination.
The two-year grant is a portion of $54 million awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to 182 organizations across the country under its Fair Housing Initiatives Program.
Funds will be used for conducting investigations, testing to identify discrimination in the rental and sales markets, and filing fair housing complaints with HUD or substantially equivalent state and local agencies.
In addition, grantees will conduct education and outreach activities to inform the public, housing providers, and local governments about rights and responsibilities that exist under the Fair Housing Act.
Legal Aid of Arkansas was the only organization in the state to receive a grant in the program's 2022 fiscal year.
“Far too many families in our country still face unconscionable prejudice, both as renters and homeowners,” said HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge said in a news release. “The Fair Housing Initiatives Program puts money into communities to help them root out discrimination in housing. I am pleased to provide our state and local partners with the resources they need to combat inequity and build a fairer, more inclusive country for all.”