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Fair Housing

Fair Housing

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.

Pennsylvania Fair Housing Offices

Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission's (PHRC) Harrisburg Regional Office 

Office hours for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission's (PHRC) 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) 787-4410

(717) 787-7279 TTY Users Only

PA Fair Housing Hotline:  855-866-5718

Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission's (PHRC) Philadelphia Regional Office

The Wanamaker Building

100 Penn Square East, 12th Floor

Philadelphia, PA  19107

(888) 799-2085 or (215) 656-0500

(215) 656-3450 TTY users

More Information


The Huntingdon County Planning and Development Department is tasked each year to conduct a fair housing activity to bring awareness to The Fair Housing Act. The Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status and disability.

This year, the Planning Department is focused the activity around elementary aged children by providing the school districts within Huntingdon County copies of "Strictly No Elephants" by Lisa Mantchev (appropriate for grades Pre-K-2) and :The Fair Housing Five & the Haunted House" by the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (Appropriate for grades 3-5.)  A total of 142 books have been distributed

Where children live affects their quality of life from where they go to school, healthcare resources available and where their parent/guardian works, just to name a few. 

Because of the many ways housing influences a child's life, it is the Planning Departments hope that these books will help children have a better understanding of fair housing rights in a easily comprehensible format.