Updated: May 15, 2012 3:09AM
South Suburban Housing Center, of Homewood, received two U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants totalling about $628,000.
The money was part of nearly $2.5 million in federal grants that have been awarded to 10 fair housing organizations to assist Illinois people who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination.
“With these grants, our partners in Illinois will help HUD ensure the American public has equal access to their dream homes in inclusive communities,” HUD’s Midwest regional administrator Antonio Riley said in a statement.
The grants through HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program are part of nearly $41.18 million distributed nationwide to 99 fair housing organizations and nonprofit agencies in 35 states, a release from HUD said.
The money will be used to enforce the Fair Housing Act through investigation of alleged discriminatory practices, and educating housing providers, local governments and potential victims about their rights and responsibilities.
Other agencies receiving grants included:
— Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, $325,000.
— Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, $325,000.
— John Marshall Law School, three grants totalling about $477,000.
— HOPE Fair Housing Center, of Wheaton, two grants totalling about $429,000.
— Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs in Winnetka, $235,687.