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) 787-7279 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
Below are publications from the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) defining discrimination and describing ways to prevent and report discrimination: