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The Fair Housing Act of 1968 protects against discrimination in housing due to race, color, age (40 or over), sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, familial status (families with children under 18), pregnancy, disability, relationship to someone with a disability, or because you use, handle or train a support animal for a disability.

Pennsylvania Law protects from discrimination in five areas:

        *Employment – getting a job or working at one.
        *Education – in school, whether it be a public or private school, college, trade school or university.
        *Public accommodations – access to public places and services.
        *Housing – in renting, buying, selling or getting a loan for a home.
        *Commercial property – access to or the purchase, sale or lease of commercial property.
Call toll free 855-866-5718, to file a complaint.  A complaint must be filed within 180 days of the discriminatory act.

Below are publications from the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) defining discrimination and describing ways to prevent and report discrimination:

 - Fair Housing Practice

 - Housing Discrimination Facts (English)

 - Housing Discrimination Facts (Spanish)

 - Pennsylvania Discrimination Facts (English)

 - Pennsylvania Discrimation Facts (Spanish)

Office hours for the PHRC's Harrisburg Regional Office are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Contact information is as follows:

333 Market Street, 8th Floor
Harrisburg, PA  17101-2210
(717) 787-9780
(717) 787-7279 TTY Users Only


Fair Housing Information is also available on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's website.  Contact information for the Philadelphia Regional Office is as follows:

The Wanamaker Building
100 Penn Square East
Philadelphia, PA  19107-3380 
(888) 799-2085 or (215) 656-0500
(800) 927-9275 TTY users​








This notice will serve to advise all residents of Huntingdon County and on behalf of Smithfield Township and Huntingdon Borough that the following actions, if based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, familial status (families with children), or handicap (disability), are prohibited by Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Federal Fair Housing Act) and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act adds the additional protected classes of age, ancestry and use of guide or support animals because of the blindness, deafness or physical handicap of the user or because the user is a handler or trainer of support or guide animals are considered discriminatory:


  • Refusing to sell or rent to, deal or negotiate with any person. 
  • Discriminating on terms or conditions for buying or renting housing. 
  • Discriminating by advertising that housing is available only to persons of a certain race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, handicap (disability), age, ancestry, or with no animals. 
  • Denying that housing is available for inspection, sale or rent when it really is available. 
  • Blockbusting-for-profit, persuading owners to sell or rent housing by telling them that minority groups are moving into the neighborhood. 
  • Denying or making different terms or conditions for home loans by financial institutions. 
  • Denying to anyone the use or participation in any real estate services, multiple listing services or other facilities related to the selling and renting of housing. 

If you’re a person with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation, please contact the below Fair Housing Officer/AgencyIf you have Limited English Proficiency and require a document translation, please contact the below Fair Housing Officer/Agency.


All residents are hereby notified, that any complaints regarding a discriminatory action under one of the above conditions may be filed with the:


Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

Harrisburg Regional Office

333 Market Street, 8th Floor

Harrisburg, PA 17101-2210

(717) 787-9780     TTY: (717) 787-7279





U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Philadelphia Regional Office

Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

The Wanamaker Building

100 Penn Square East, 10th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 656-0500     (888) 799-2085     Fax: (215) 656-3449

TTY: (800) 927-9275


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