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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

Courtney Announces $425,000 in Federal Funding for Connecticut Fair Housing Center

April 10, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $425,000 in federal funding to the Connecticut Fair Housing Center to support programming to assist individuals across Connecticut who have been victims of housing discrimination. The funds were dispersed through HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program.

“My staff and I met recently with the leaders of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center in Washington, and at the time there were serious concerns about the availability of federal funding through the Department of Housing due to lingering effects of the partial government shutdown,” said Congressman Courtney. “The Connecticut Fair Housing Center does great work in eastern Connecticut and all throughout our state, and they rely heavily on support from HUD and from the Fair Housing Initiatives Program. Today’s grant award means they can continue their mission of serving some of Connecticut’s most vulnerable individuals and families. It’s great news for eastern Connecticut, and I’m proud of my staff who were able to work with the Center and with HUD to elevate this issue, and help secure this award.” 

“In 2019, the Connecticut Fair Housing Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary,” said Erin Kemple, Executive Director of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center. “With the addition of funding from HUD, we hope to reduce segregation and combat individual acts of discrimination with the goal of ensuring that all Connecticut residents have access to the housing of their choice.” 

The Connecticut Fair Housing Agency is a non-profit agency that has worked since 1994 to provide free investigative and legal services to residents who believe they have been the victims of housing discrimination. The Center particularly focuses on the intersection of poverty and housing discrimination, and also assists homeowners throughout the state of Connecticut who have been impacted by the nation’s ongoing foreclosure crisis.

According to HUD, the Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) partners with fair housing organizations and other non-profits to provide funding for programs to assist people who believe they have been the victims of housing discrimination. FHIP organizations partner with HUD to help people identify government agencies that handle complaints of housing discrimination, and also conduct preliminary investigations of claims. FHIP also has initiatives that promote fair housing laws and equal housing opportunity awareness. Click here to read more.