Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc. (HOPE, Inc.) is a private fair housing, not-for-profit, 501 (c) 3 corporation established in 1988, dedicated to eliminating housing discrimination and promoting fair housing. HOPE, Inc. employs a three-tiered system of private enforcement, education outreach and counseling to achieve its mission to fight housing discrimination in Miami-Dade and Broward counties and to promote equal housing opportunities throughout Florida. Its programs are designed to ensure that people are offered the right to select housing of their choice without discrimination based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, marital or familial status, or such other protected classes as may be conferred by federal, state or local laws. HOPE, Inc. is engaged in testing for fair housing law violations and pursuing enforcement of meritorious claims. Since its inception, HOPE has achieved settlements for victims of housing discrimination cases totaling over $12 million.