Federal Housing Agencies

Department of Housing and Urban Development     www.hud.gov

HUD’s mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination.  Website includes how to file a housing discrimination complaint and disability rights and resources.  In addition, HUD website can provide information for veterans seeking housing and housing options for people with HIV/AIDS.

United States Department of Justice     www.usdoj.gov

The Civil Rights Division Disability Rights Section carries out the Department’s responsibilities for enforcing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure access to, and nondiscrimination by, businesses (e.g., hotels, restaurants, theaters, stores), State and local government programs and activities (e.g., public meetings, public hospitals, public education, public transportation, law enforcement, courts), and State and local government employment services.

The Fannie Mae Foundation     www.fanniemaefoundation.org

The Fannie Mae Foundation creates affordable home ownership and housing opportunities through innovative partnerships and initiatives. The foundation provides home buying guides and home ownership education programs.

Housing Assistance Council     www.ruralhome.org

Housing Assistance Council is a not for profit organization whose mission is to improve housing conditions for rural America. HAS provides loans, technical assistance, research and information and the following training: housing development, financing, construction, and not for profit management.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition     www.nlich.org

The National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to ending America’s affordable housing crisis. They focus on: public education, organizing, research, and policy advocacy.

US Department of Agriculture Rural Development     www.rurdev.usda.gov

USDA rural development provides financial services to promote public services in rural America. Public services may include: water and sewer, health clinics, and emergency services. This department also provides technical assistance and information and provides funds to promote community empowerment.

Community Connection Information Center     www.comcon.org

The Community Connections (ComCon) Clearinghouse is the Information Center for the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.The Center serves CPD, its clients and customers and all those with a common interest in safe, decent, affordable housing, and those interested in creating community and economic development opportunities at the local level.

First Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST     www.fairhousingfirst.org

First Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST is an initiative designed to promote compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements. The program offers comprehensive and detailed instruction programs, useful online web resources, and a toll-free information line for technical guidance and support.

The Universal Design Alliance, Inc.     www.universaldesign.org

The Universal Design Alliance, Inc., is a non-profit corporation founded in March of 2003. Our mission is to create awareness and expand the public’s knowledge of universal design, which is design for all ages, sizes, and abilities.