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McGovern, Warren, Markey Announce $1.9 Million for Massachusetts Fair Housing Initiatives

New Federal Funding includes $300,000 for Community Legal Aid in Worcester

Today Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) in announcing $1,873,778 in new federal funding for fair housing initiatives in Massachusetts.

The funding comes from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and includes $300,000 for Community Legal Aid, Inc. in Worcester.

The grant is through the Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) to assist victims of housing discrimination.

“Every family needs a roof over their head and a safe place to call home. Community Legal Aid in Worcester and fair housing organizations across Massachusetts play a vital role in our communities by working to prevent discrimination in housing,” Congressman McGovern said.

He continued: “In 2016, it is unthinkable that anyone would be denied housing because of their race, gender, religion, or national origin. This new federal funding will help so many families by supporting the great work local organizations are doing to protect equal access to housing for everyone in Massachusetts. I am grateful to HUD for this strong investment and look forward to seeing all the good it will do in our communities.”

“Everyone in this country deserves a fighting chance to build a future, but housing discrimination undermines our communities and makes it harder for families to climb the economic ladder,” Senator Warren said. “We have an obligation to combat segregation, and to ensure that a safe and affordable home is in reach for all our families. I’m happy this federal funding will help organizations across the Commonwealth that are doing outstanding work providing assistance to people facing discrimination.”

“The Fair Housing Initiatives Program is an integral part of the ongoing federal effort to remove the vestiges of discrimination from our housing system. Every citizen in Massachusetts and across the country has the right to live in the home and community they have earned. I am proud that these Massachusetts programs are receiving funding to continue working towards this goal,” said Senator Markey.

Organizations in Massachusetts receiving awards include:

Community Legal Aid, Inc. (Worcester) – $300,000

Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston (Boston) – $300,000

HAP, Inc. (Springfield) – $125,000

Massachusetts Fair Housing Center, Inc. (Holyoke) – $300,000

SouthCoast Fair Housing, Inc. (New Bedford) – $425,000

Suffolk University (Boston) – $423,778

Fair housing and domestic violence

By Sarah Loy

Domestic violence affects people of all social and economic levels and includes physical, emotional, financial or sexual abuse by a spouse or other intimate partner. Victims of domestic violence are most often women and children. Domestic violence can affect performance at work and at school and can disrupt a family’s home life, not only through the abuse experienced at home, but also by causing difficulty in the family’s ability to find or keep affordable housing. According to a report by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness in the United States (Lost Housing, Lost Safety: Survivors of Domestic Violence Experience Housing Denials and Evictions Across the Country (NLCHP, 2007).

Maintaining housing stability while you are experiencing domestic violence or even after you leave a violent relationship can be difficult. It can be made more difficult if you are evicted from the apartment you live in or are prevented from renting a new apartment because of past incidents of domestic violence where, for example, neighbors have complained about police calls, or the abuser has damaged the apartment. Continue reading Fair housing and domestic violence