HUD Awards $649K For Programs Aimed At Non-English Speakers

HUD Awards $649K For Programs Aimed At Non-English Speakers The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $649,000 to seven community-based organizations offering programs designed to help people with limited English proficiency to access information in their native languages on HUD's housing programs, services and activities.

According to HUD, the grant recipients will use the funds to coordinating fair housing presentations and training on HUD programs in Spanish, French, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Amharic, and Korean in Washington, DC; conduct community meetings and refugee orientation sessions for Bosnians and Arabic speakers to learn more about affordable housing in St. Louis; produce brochures in English, Nepalese, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Spanish, Korean and Chinese for people seeking rental housing and homeownership information in Queens, N.Y.; and develop posters, brochures, and training tools about HUD's fair housing and homeownership programs in Arabic, Kurdish, Farsi-Turkish, Somali, Burmese and Bhutanese in San Diego.

‘How well people speak English must not determine their access to safe, affordable and decent housing free from discrimination,’ says John Trasvina, HUD's assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity.

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