Rep. Thompson Announces $425,000 Federal Grant for Greater Napa Valley Fair Housing Center
Napa, CA – Today, Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded the Greater Napa Valley Fair Housing Center $425,000 in Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) grants to support its work to confront violations of the Fair Housing Act.
“I’m pleased that these federal dollars will bolster the great work that the Greater Napa Valley Housing Center does for our community,” said Rep. Thompson. “I applaud the Center’s work to ensure equal housing opportunities for everyone in Napa Valley and I look forward to continuing our work together on this important issue.”
“Fair Housing Napa Valley is very excited to be awarded this FHIP Education and Outreach Initiatives grant for 2018,” said Pablo Zatarain, executive director of the Greater Napa Valley Fair Housing Center. “Funding from this grant will supplement FHNV's current fair housing program, funded primarily through a three year, FHIP Private Enforcement Initiatives grant. Both grants will provide needed resources to more effectively meet the housing needs of the residents Napa County. Additionally, the educational services provided to the community through these grants will increase awareness regarding residents' fair housing rights, allowing FHNV to promote and foster inclusive communities and equal housing opportunities for all residents. FHNV is grateful to be awarded both FHIP grants, and looks forward to continuing to serve all residents of Napa County through its comprehensive range of housing services.”
Grants issued under HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program allow organizations to provide Fair Housing enforcement through testing in the rental and sales market, to file Fair Housing complaints to HUD, and to conduct investigations. The education and outreach activities the organizations conduct also help to educate the public, housing providers and local governments about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act.