American Rescue Plan funding is available to fight housing discrimination during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, $3,285,353 is available to help HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) agencies fight pandemic-related housing discrimination. The funding is available through FHIP’s Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI) component.
So far, FHIP agencies received $16.1 million to fight the unequal impact the COVID-19 has had on vulnerable populations. Qualifying organizations will be able to use the money for several fair housing enforcement, education, and outreach. Those activities include addressing discriminatory practices in underserved communities.
HUD leadership says the COVID-19 Pandemic continues to reveal inequities in housing opportunities in many areas.
“Our fair housing partners will utilize these additional funds to oppose discriminatory practices and safeguard housing rights for American families.”Demetria L. McCain – HUD’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.
Another pillar of President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan will address the affordable housing crisis in America. In addition to policy shifts, Biden’s plan calls for the construction of 100,000 affordable housing units over the next three years. The plans also increase mortgage availability through Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae for manufactured houses and buildings with two to four units. In addition, leaders will make it easier for owners and non-profits to buy American properties that fail to sell in foreclosure auctions. Finally, there are plans to increase financing options for apartment buildings through tax credits, loans, and grants.
American Rescue Plan Funds: How To Apply
There are several steps to follow for those interested in applying for this latest round of American Rescue Plan funding. First, those wishing to apply should click here to download a copy of the Notice of Funding opportunity. Additionally, applicants should download forms, instructions, other application materials ,and the Notice of Opportunity.
Applications for the American Rescue Plan Funding must be submitted by May 5, 2022.