October 15, 2007
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GRAND RAPIDS — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently awarded the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan a grant of $273,786. FHC will largely use the money to investigate housing discrimination complaints based on race and disability.

“The Center is relieved to have received this funding because the need for fair housing services has never been greater in our community,” said Nancy Haynes, FHC executive director.

FHC received 148 discrimination complaints last year, and half of those who filed complained of racial discrimination.

“West Michigan is facing a record number of foreclosures, and communities in the state remain among the most segregated. In fact, some West Michigan communities are experiencing re-segregation after decades of progress toward diversity,” said Haynes.

FHC will use a portion of the HUD grant to expand its services to the homeless and to promote homeownership to minority populations.

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