Tacoma, King County awarded nearly $110K for fair housing programs

The federal government has awarded nearly $110,000 to the City of Tacoma and King County’s Office of Civil Rights to help fund more comprehensive fair housing education and outreach efforts.

The City and County submitted a joint proposal to the Region X U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity in Seattle for the additional funding for 2014. The monies will be used to conduct training sessions, produce new or translate current materials and promote fair housing through the expansion of the 28th Annual Fair Housing Conference hosted by the City of Tacoma.

“We are fortunate to have been selected to receive these funds,” said Tansy Hayward, director of Neighborhood and Community Services in the City of Tacoma. “This is additional funding to our annual contract for the investigation of fair housing discrimination complaints and the provision of education and outreach.”

Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Funds are given to special projects that further fair housing. Additional funds are made available when monies are not used through the standard contract process during the previous year.