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Fair Housing/ Equal Opportunity. What is Fair Housing/Equal Opportunity?. Ensuring non-discriminatory treatment and equal access to all recipients of CDBG funds. Affirmatively furthering Fair Housing. Applicability. Infrastructure improvements Public Facilities Housing Rehabilitation

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what is fair housing equal opportunity
What is Fair Housing/Equal Opportunity?
  • Ensuring non-discriminatory treatment and equal access to all recipients of CDBG funds.
  • Affirmatively furthering Fair Housing.

September 30, 2010

applicability
Applicability
  • Infrastructure improvements
  • Public Facilities
  • Housing Rehabilitation
  • Economic Development
  • Down-Payment Assistance
  • Section 8 Rental Assistance
  • Any activity receiving federal funds

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applicable categories
Applicable Categories
  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Religion
  • Any other protected categories of persons

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applicable laws and regulations
Applicable Laws and Regulations
  • Several Federal laws protect individuals from discrimination and apply to CDBG funded activities. These include:
    • Section 109 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974-prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or religion in any CDBG-funded program or activity (24 CFR 570.495(b)).

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applicable laws and regulations6
Applicable Laws and Regulations
  • Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act) prohibits discrimination in housing-related transactions on the above basis as well as familial status and handicap (disability).
  • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act-No exclusion from participation in federally funded programs or activities based on race, color, or national origin
  • Section 104(b)(2) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 – requires that each grantee certify that the grant will be administered in conformance with the Fair Housing Act and that the grantee will “affirmatively further fair housing” (AFFH).

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applicable laws and regulations7
Applicable Laws and Regulations
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 – prohibits discrimination based on disability in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
  • Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 – requires that buildings constructed or assisted with federal funds be accessible to and usable by handicapped persons.

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applicable laws and regulations8
Applicable Laws and Regulations
  • Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 requires that employment and other economic opportunities arising in connection with housing rehab, construction or other public construction projects shall be given to low- and very low-income persons, to greatest extent feasible (24 CFR Part 135 and 24 CFR 570.487).

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applicable laws and regulations9
Applicable Laws and Regulations
  • States and Local Governments receiving CDBG funds must certify that they will affirmatively further fair housing (24 CFR 570.487 and 24 CFR Part 91.325 (a)(1)).

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state government responsibilities
State government responsibilities:
  • identifying impediments to fair housing choice
  • conducting fair housing planning
  • taking actions to overcome the identified impediments
  • maintaining records
  • assuring that local governments comply with certifications.

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local government responsibilities
Local government responsibilities:
  • Develop proposed action to AFFH for state review and approval
  • Develop complaint procedure
  • Develop method for documenting efforts to promote and monitor activities
  • Other requirements may be imposed by state

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complaints violations of fheo
Complaints/Violations of FHEO
  • Any and all citizen complaints are reported to HUD Fair Housing/Equal Opportunity (FHEO) for investigation.
  • Additional information can be obtained in the CDBG Recipients’ Manual or at HUD www.hud.gov

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contact information
Contact Information

Pam Truitt, Grants Consultant

Phone: (404) 679-5240

E-Mail: pam.truitt@dca.ga.gov

Rick Huber, Compliance Manager

Phone: (404) 679-3174

E-Mail: rick.huber@dca.ga.gov

Steed Robinson, Director

Phone: (404) 679-3168

E-Mail: steed.robinson@dca.ga.gov

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