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NWVCIL will use grant to fight housing discrimination

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living (NWVCIL) has been awarded almost $975,000 through a competitive HUD grant program to continue to combat discrimination in housing across West Virginia for the next three years.

The competitive grants are funded through HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) to help enforce the Fair Housing Act through investigations and testing of alleged discriminatory practices, and to help educate housing providers, local governments and potential victims of housing discrimination about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act, according to NWVCIL officials. 

With the grant funding, the NWVCIL will continue to assist victims of housing discrimination based on all protected classes including race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status and disability. The organization will continue to focus education and enforcement activities on identified discriminatory practices in West Virginia including: the denial of families with children in rental units; sexual harassment in rental housing; the denial of reasonable accommodations for assistance animals in rental housing; and the design and construction of new multi-family housing that is not accessible to persons with disabilities.

Anyone who believes they may have faced housing discrimination or those seeking more information about fair housing rights should call the Fair Housing Hotline at 844-212-3464 or visit www.wvfairhousing.org.

 

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