Equal Opportunity in Housing

To provide fair housing throughout the United States and an administrative enforcement system which is subject to judicial review.

Agency - Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.

Office - None.

HUD Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

With limited exceptions, no housing offered commercially for sale or rental, may be advertised, sold, leased out, financed or appraised in a manner which discriminates on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability or familial status (the presence of children under the age of 18 in a household or a pregnant woman).

In addition, housing providers and others must allow reasonable modifications to units and provide reasonable accommodations when these are necessary to allow a person with a disability full housing rights.

Finally, multi-family housing built for occupancy after March 13, 1991, must comply with the Accessibility Guidelines established.

Complaints of discrimination are investigated and conciliated.

When conciliation is unsuccessful and where investigation indicates reasonable cause to believe that discrimination occurred or is about to occur, complainants may pursue their complaints before an Administrative law judge or in Federal district court (The Department of Justice litigates on behalf of complainants in Federal district court, or HUD litigates on their behalf in the administrative forum).

Also conferences and training sessions are held to explain rights and responsibilities under the law to attorneys, developers, the real estate industry and the general public.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any aggrieved person, or the Assistant Secretary, may file a complaint based on an alleged discriminatory housing practice because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, disability, or national origin.

The complaint may be filed with the Department of Housing and Urban Development or a State or local fair housing agency with processes, procedures and remedies substantially equivalent to those of the Department, and which the Department has approved.

Beneficiary Eligibility



No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Complaints may be sent to any HUD Field Office, or to HUD's Washington, DC Headquarters.

Award Procedures



Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


The Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. 3600 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time



Depends upon result of complaint processing.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

None. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: None.

Post Assistance Requirements


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.



Financial Information

Account Identification

86-0340-0-1-751 - Salaries and Expenses Personnel Services.


(Salaries) FY 16 $64,180,000; FY 17 est $66,604,000; and FY 18 est $66,089,000 - This is for Personnel Services and Appropriation Account 86-0340-0-1-751. (Salaries) FY 16 Not Available; FY 17 Estimate Not Available; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available - Fund 0333 is no longer active.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations implementing the Fair Housing Act, 24 CFR Part 100; 'Fair Housing It's Your Right,' English (HUD-1686-FHEO); Fair Housing - Complaint Processing, 24 Part 103; Administrative Proceedings Under Section 812 of the Fair Housing Act, 24 CFR Part 180; Consolidated HUD Hearing Procedures for Civil Rights Matters Certification of Substantially Equivalent Agencies, 24 CFR 115; Preamble to Final Rule Implementing Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, 54 Federal Register 3232 (1989); CFR Ch I, Subch. A, App II.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. HUD Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Turner Russell, 451 7th Street, S.W., Room 5208, Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: TurnerRussell@hud.gov Phone: 202-402-6995

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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