DATE: February 23, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Faye Outten
Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Professional Standards
Broward County’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Professional Standards, Human Rights Section has received a $21,500 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), part of a $7.5 million grant nationwide, to help state and local governments enforce fair housing laws and educate the public about their housing rights. HUD programs, in addition to enforcing the Fair Housing Act, help ensure that housing is open to all families, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.
Broward County will partner with Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE) in implementing the grant, to create partnerships with Stonewall, the Broward County Chamber of Commerce, the Gay and Lesbian Exchange and other groups to promote fair housing among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents. Broward County and HOPE will conduct fair housing workshops, participate in LGBT events and provide fair housing advertisements in LGBT publications.
HOPE, Inc. is a non-profit fair housing agency serving Broward and Miami-Dade counties.