|10/23/2014||PSLS receives a grant to support its Fair Housing Project
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awards Prairie State Legal Services a 3-year grant to combat housing discrimination.
Last week, HUD announced the award under its Fair Housing Initiatives Program. PSLS will use the $325,000 annual grant to support its Fair Housing Project. The Project covers the counties surrounding Rockford, Waukegan and Peoria.
The grant helps PSLS offer legal services to people who need relief from housing discrimination. That activity is illegal when a person or family is treated unequally when trying to buy, rent, lease, sell or finance a home because they belong to a certain class. Protected classes include race, national origin, sex, religion, disability and family status, among others. The grant also helps PSLS expand its volunteer testing program look into whether landlords, home sellers, realtors, and lenders are acting unlawfully. The Project will continue to teach interested groups about the fair housing rights of protected classes and the fair housing duties of providers and cities.
Persons who believe they may have faced unequal treatment in housing can contact the Fair Housing Project toll free at 855-FHP-PSLS (347-7757).