Relations Commission Receives $227, 000 HUD Grant to Promote Fair Housing in
Southeast and Central PA
Harrisburg – Pennsylvania Human Relations
Commission Chairman Gerry Robinson announced today that the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
has awarded the commission $226,097 to fund three projects aimed at eliminating
barriers to fair housing in Southeast and Central Pennsylvania.
1, 2014 through Feb. 28, 2015, the commission will partner with three private
agencies for these projects: The Fair Housing Center at Lancaster Housing
Opportunity Partnership of Lancaster County, Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal
Services based in Washington County and The Poverty & Race Research Action
Council of Washington, D.C.
housing discrimination deprives Pennsylvanians of opportunities to live near
good schools and jobs simply because of the color of their skin, their
disabilities or because they have children,” Chairman Gerry Robinson said.
“These funds will help the commission and our partners examine patterns of
discrimination and work with local governments and housing providers to remove
barriers that unfairly deny opportunities to Pennsylvania families, people of
color and people with disabilities.”
“Through HUD’s Fair Housing
Assistance Program, state and local agencies are awarded funding to carry out
their fair housing administration and enforcement activities,” said Jane C.W.
Vincent, Regional Administrator of HUD’s Mid-Atlantic region. “Since HUD plays a key role in ensuring
and promoting fair housing practices, we are pleased to partner with state
agencies like PHRC to help families who are denied equal access to housing.”
about housing discrimination online at www.phrc.state.pa.us.
awarded to each partner agency, the county, municipality or region served, and
brief project descriptions follow:
Pennsylvania Legal Services ─ $110,000 to work with local governments, planning
commissions and redevelopment authorities in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster,
Lebanon, Lycoming and York counties to ensure planning that complies with state
and federal law and expands housing opportunity. The project will include
analysis of barriers to fair housing and recommendations for removing
Race Research Action Council ─ $50,000 to support the Delaware Valley Regional
Housing Mobility Program’s work to expand housing opportunity for low-income
families in Southeast Pennsylvania. The project will include counseling and
security deposit assistance to families; demographic, policy and issue
analysis; and educational outreach to landlords, housing providers and local
Housing Center at Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership ─ $66,098 for the
development and delivery of a comprehensive fair housing educational program
for landlords, realtors, housing providers, district justices and municipal
officials in Lancaster County.