Relations Commission Teaming Up with Bike & Build to Stress Importance of
Fair and Affordable Housing
Harrisburg – In recognition of April as
National Fair Housing Month, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission is teaming
up with Bike & Build to educate Pennsylvanians on the importance of fair
and affordable housing.
live matters,” PHRC Executive Director JoAnn Edwards said. “It affects your
economic and educational opportunities, as well as your health and your quality
“We are joining Bike
& Build as they bike across Pennsylvania to raise awareness of the need for
affordable housing and to fund organizations that provide affordable housing.”
Based in Philadelphia, Bike &
Build is a national nonprofit organization that encourages young adults to
address the country’s affordable housing crisis through service-based,
cross-country cycling trips. Trip participants support the affordable housing
cause by fundraising and building efforts.
“Bike & Build greatly
appreciates the work PHRC is doing to bring awareness to this important issue,”
Bike & Build’s Director of Operations and Outreach Justin Villere said.
“Far too many people in Pennsylvania lack access to affordable housing and this
month is a valuable opportunity to demonstrate the pervasiveness of the
affordable housing crisis.”
Since its founding in 2003, over
2,000 young adults have contributed over $4.5 million and volunteered 160,000
build hours to housing nonprofits, including Habitat for Humanity and
Rebuilding Together, to fund projects across the United States.
In 2014, three of Bike & Build’s
eight cross-country routes will venture through Pennsylvania, staying in
Berwick, Coudersport, Franklin, Harrisburg, Johnstown, Pittsburgh, Schuylkill
Haven, State College, Warren and Wellsboro.
Bike & Build’s
Providence-to-California route will be building with Monroe County Habitat for
Humanity in Stroudsburg.
Since its founding, Bike & Build
has granted $110,000 to 32 Pennsylvania nonprofits. Twenty-six riders from
Pennsylvania will be participating in Bike & Build trips this year. For
more information, visit www.bikeandbuild.org
or call (267) 331-8488.
investigates housing discrimination complaints and educates housing providers,
lenders, renters, homebuyers and others on their legal rights and
about fair housing, and watch a new documentary produced for Fair Housing Month
by the Fair Housing Justice Center at www.phrc.state.pa.us.
Shannon Powers, PHRC, 717-783-8266
Justin Villere, Bike & Build, 267-331-3488