Accession Number: 4230
Title: Fair Housing Assistance Program Evaluation.
Author(s): Holshouser, William L.
Lane, Terry Saunders
Wallace, James E.
Williams, John
Publication Date: 06/1985
Sponsoring Organization(s): U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Washington, DC
Performing Organization(s): Abt Associates, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Availability: HUD USER, P.O. Box 23268, Washington, DC 20026-3268; phone (800) 245-2691; fax (202) 708-9981; or TDD (800) 927-7589
Descriptors: Program impact. Law enforcement. Equal opportunity housing laws. Program evaluation. Effects of Federal policies.
Abstract: This report examines the impact of the Federal Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) on fair housing enforcement by States and localities with fair housing laws roughly equivalent to Title VIII of the Federal Civil Rights Act. The program was established in 1980 to enable HUD to carry out its responsibility to refer complaints of housing discrimination to State and local agencies with administrative enforcement powers. Study data came from a national sample of 15 FHAP agencies, the 8 responsible HUD regional offices, and HUD headquarters. Data collection activities during October and November 1983 included interviews; examination of 2,000 closed complaints; and document reviews. The evaluation report describes the program design and implementation, as well as the way the agencies involved handled complaints. The program produced several improvements, particularly in the speed of complaint processing and the quality of results. However, additional improvements are needed, particularly better guidelines for complaint review and greater standardization of practices. Data tables, footnotes, detailed recommendations, and appendixes presenting background information and additional data are included.