The Associated Press May 11, 2012, 11:19AM ET

HUD awards NO $775K to fight discrimination

Federal housing regulators have awarded a New Orleans advocacy group $775,000 to help city residents who believe they've been victims of housing discrimination.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the grant Thursday to the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center.

The grant, given through HUD's Fair Housing Initiatives Program, was part of nearly $41.1 million distributed nationwide to 99 similar groups and in 35 states and the District of Columbia. The money will be used to enforce the Fair Housing Act through investigation and testing of alleged discriminatory practices, and to educate housing providers, local governments and potential victims of housing discrimination about their rights and responsibilities.

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