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HUD Launches First Fair Housing App

3/4/2013, 7:36 p.m.

New App will Help the Public, Housing Industry Learn about Their Housing Rights and Responsibilities

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has unveiled the first housing discrimination mobile application (app) for iPhone and iPad.

Developed by HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) and HP, the app uses the latest technology to provide the public with a quick and easy way to learn about their housing rights and to file housing discrimination complaints, and inform the housing industry about its responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act.

"Having this first fair housing mobile application equips people everywhere with the information they need to combat housing discrimination," said John Trasvina, HUD assistant secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. "We are maximizing the latest technology to make the process for filing fair housing complaints faster and easier and arming our fair housing partners with the information they need to understand their fair housing rights and responsibilities."

The app will also be an important tool to assist fair housing groups and other civil rights advocacy organizations in their efforts to help individuals pursue their housing rights and industry to educate their members on their responsibilities.

In addition to facilitating real-time delivery of housing discrimination complaints to HUD, the app can be used by individuals researching their housing rights after a natural disaster, when power outages make the iPhone/iPad one of the few ways to access the Internet.

"HUD needed an efficient and reliable solution to quickly extend existing capabilities to mobile computing devices," said Marilyn Crouther, senior vice president and general manager, U.S. Public Sector, HP Enterprise Services. "The new HP application achieves operational goals of HUD - from concept to deployment - while more effectively addressing discrimination complaints. The mobile app simplifies and increases access to government services for people."