Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Launches Campaign to Educate Young Adults about Housing Discrimination

Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission launches campaign to educate young adults about housing discrimination​

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) is recognizing April as Fair Housing Month by launching a campaign aimed at educating young adults about fair housing rights and discrimination. The campaign was developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). April 11 marks the forty-ninth anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act.

During the month of April, HUD, state and local agencies, and community organizations across the country are recognizing the importance of fair housing for everyone.
“National Fair Housing Month is a time when we come together as a community and a nation to celebrate the passing of the Fair Housing Act in 1968,” said JoAnn Edwards, PHRC Executive Director. “The month of April allows us all to focus on the goal of eliminating housing discrimination and creating equal opportunities for every community.”
PHRC’s campaign includes:
  • A two-minute YouTube video designed for young adults aging out of the foster system. The video promotes the PA Fair Housing Hotline and drives interested individuals to the PHRC website with updated housing information on the homepage.
  • A partnership with the Fair Housing Rights Center for Southeastern Pennsylvania to provide an educational program on housing discrimination to students in high schools throughout the city.
“Young people seeking housing many times do not know their housing rights,” Edwards said. “We hope this campaign will provide an increased awareness about housing rights.”
In Pennsylvania, fair housing is enforced by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC), under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA). The Act prohibits housing discrimination in the sale, rental, finance, or otherwise to deny or withhold any housing accommodation or commercial property from any person based on race, color, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, familial status, or use of a supportive/service animal for a disability.
If you feel you have been a victim of housing discrimination or want more information, please contact the PA Fair Housing Hotline toll-free at 855-866-5718 or visit
Media contact: Christina Reese, 717-783-8266
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Amanda Brothman

Communications Director 771-856-5971
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