Missouri Human Rights Commission Awarded $97,500 Grant to Fight Housing Discrimination
The Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR) has been awarded a federal grant by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that will allow the MCHR to further assist people who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination.
The $97,500 grant awarded to the MCHR makes up a portion of $26.3 million distributed to 98 fair housing organizations and other non-profit agencies in 37 states and the District of Columbia. The grants are funded through HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program and will be used to provide education and outreach on discriminatory predatory lending to persons with disabilities, minority populations, immigrant populations, the elderly, the homeless, and low-income citizens in Missouri’s Bootheel region.
“Because of the current economy, people are facing a multitude of hardships and challenges,” said Dr. Alisa Warren, executive director of the MCHR. “It is our mission to provide protection to consumers from discriminatory predatory lending practices so they will not fall victim during the process of renting or purchasing a home.”
Through the Show-Me Fair Housing Awareness Project (SMFHAP), the MCHR will provide education and training to the following six counties located in the Missouri Bootheel: Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Scott and Stoddard. The grant is for a one-year period with the option for renewal, and the training and education is scheduled to begin in March. The SMFHAP seeks to level the playing field between the consumer and lender by providing home buyers with the necessary means to make informed decisions – and, should they encounter discrimination, the available protections and recourse.
The MCHR offers training and education about discrimination in the workplace, in places of public accommodations (like schools), and in neighborhoods through the MCHR Training Institute. The MCHR can train your staff and organization on the following topics:
- Cultural Sensitivity
- Disability Awareness
- Fair Housing
- Sexual Harassment Prevention
- Immigration Discrimination
- Predatory Lending
- Housing Discrimination
- Overview of the Missouri Human Rights Act
- Ethics and Professionalism and more!
To request training, please contact Terry Old at email@example.com or 573-522-1031. The MCHR is a Division of the Missouri Labor Department. For more information about the MCHR, visit www.labor.mo.gov/mohumanrights.