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April 20, 2021  

Media Contact:
Rachel Spitz
Communication Specialist

Tucson, Arizona – SERI has been awarded an additional $20,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to participate in the Fair Housing Initiatives Program – Education and Outreach Initiative (COVID-19). Over the course of 12-months SERI will help housing providers and lenders in the Tucson, Arizona metropolitan area become more knowledgeable and understand the importance of following fair housing laws that protect people from housing discrimination.

To help control the number of fair housing violations during COVID-19, SERI’s grant funded program will provide fair housing education and outreach initiatives to landlords, rental agencies, lenders, insurers, real estate agents, and housing agencies. SERI will develop, coordinate, and execute a complaint system, web page, educational material, webinars, digital media campaign, and advertising. Educational material will be in the form of a brochure, presentation, videos, and more. 

SERI’s complaint hotline (520-306-0938, will be available to victims of housing discrimination, additionally, SERI is a Arizona Relay Friendly Business. SERI will respond within 1 business day and refer the complaint to the proper agency. To help build a stronger community through equal housing visit our program page at


About SERI: Founded in 1994, Sonora Environmental Research Institute, Inc. (SERI) is a local non-profit in Tucson, Arizona working with low-income and minority communities in the Southwest to help protect the environment and improve the health and livelihood of those impacted by environmental stresses. SERI is a Arizona Relay Friendly Business.

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About HUD: Founded in 1965, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is a federal agency responsible for national policy and programs that address America’s housing needs, improve and develop the Nation’s communities, and enforce fair housing laws.

This material is based on work supported by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under FHIP Grant EOI FEO2100215. Any opinion, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of HUD.