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April is Fair Housing Month

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs is committed to expanding fair housing choice and opportunities for Texans. As administrators of public housing funds, it is our responsibility to make available housing opportunities and services in a manner that does not violate fair housing laws.

Throughout the month, TDHCA will be sending Fair Housing Facts your way to help you brush up on your knowledge of the federal Fair Housing Act.

For starters, let's review who enforces the Fair Housing Act.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ("HUD") has the responsibility to administer and enforce the provisions of the federal Fair Housing Act, which is Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 at http://www.justice.gov/crt/fair-housing-act-2. Find the local HUD office nearest you at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/field_policy_mgt/localoffices

In addition to its own direct enforcement activities, HUD provides funding through several initiatives.

The Fair Housing Assistance Program ("FHAP") has annually made awards on a noncompetitive basis to state and local agencies that enforce fair housing laws that HUD has determined to be substantially equivalent to the federal Fair Housing Act. These agencies investigate and enforce complaints of housing discrimination that arise within their jurisdiction. For more information on the FHAP visit https://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/partners/FHAP. The list of Texas organizations funded by the FHAP is available at https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/fair-housing/complaint-how-to.htm#FHAP.

HUD also funds fair housing organizations and other nonprofits through the Fair Housing Initiatives Program ("FHIP"), which use the funds to assist people who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination. FHIP organizations partner with HUD to help identify government agencies that handle complaints of housing discrimination. They also conduct preliminary investigation of claims, including sending "testers" to properties suspected of practicing housing discrimination. More information about the FHIP is available at https://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/partners/FHIP/fhip. For a list of the list of Texas organizations funded by the FHIP visit https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/fair-housing/complaint-how-to.htm#FHIP.

Did you know that Texas also has a Fair Housing Act? It was enacted by the 73rd Texas Legislature and can be read at http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PR/htm/PR.301.htm

The Texas Workforce Commission ("TWC") is responsible for enforcing the state and federal Fair Housing Acts in the State of Texas. For more information, or to file a discrimination complaint, please contact TWC's Civil Rights Division ("TWCCRD") at 888-452-4778/512-463-2642 or visit them online at http://www.twc.state.tx.us/partners/civil-rights-discrimination.

 

News Releases

News releases are developed by the Communications and Marketing section of the Division of Policy and Public Affairs to publicize TDHCA program activities. These include application funding cycles, program grant awards, special events, board activities, and other relevant information.

Date Headline
04/03/2017 State housing agency recognizes Fair Housing Month;
encourages Texans to ‘know your rights’
12/06/2016 State housing agency enters into $10 million loan agreement to provide qualified homebuyers with down payment and closing cost assistance
07/29/2016 State housing agency’s $65.3 million tax credit allocation to expand housing options for income-eligible Texans
07/28/2016 State housing agency continues investment in Hidalgo County Self-Help initiatives
07/28/2016 State housing agency continues investment in Webb County Self-Help initiatives
06/24/2016 State housing agency, regional nonprofit to provide energy assistance program in nine East Texas counties
03/21/2016 State housing agency’s online homebuyer education tool takes the complexity out of home purchase process
02/05/2016 State housing agency’s $9.96 million to create affordable housing, expand housing choices for low-income Texans
11/19/2015 State housing agency’s $34.5 million package to fund upgrades for Grand Prairie affordable rental property
07/30/2015 State housing agency’s $63.5 million tax credit allocation to expand housing options for income-eligible Texans
07/30/2015 State housing agency’s $700,000 contract to improve living standards in five Starr County colonias
07/16/2015 State housing agency’s $1 million contract to improve living standards in five Maverick County colonias
07/16/2015 State housing agency provides additional $578,000 to improve colonia standards in Cameron and Willacy counties
02/27/2015 State housing agency to contribute to ambitious makeover of 1,590 units of El Paso public housing
01/21/2015 State housing agency’s $6.7 million financing package to expand affordable rental market in Rio Hondo