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This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about Housing Discrimination and Fair Housing issues in Pennsylvania.

Click on a resource category listed below to see information related to that category.

Housing Discrimination Complaint - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Information on how to file a housing discrimination complaint online with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development using Housing Discrimination Complaint, Form HUD-903.1. Online version also available in Spanish. Other foreign language versions of the complaint form are available for download.

Landlord Tenant Handbook

Detailed information about renting a residence from a landlord from North Penn Legal Services (NPLS). Fair housing (housing discrimination) information is included throughout the entire handbook. There is a Lehigh Valley Edition and a Northeast PA Edition. NPLS revised the Landlord-Tenant Handbook in December 2019.

Housing Discrimination Complaint - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Information on how to file a housing discrimination complaint online with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development using Housing Discrimination Complaint, Form HUD-903.1. Online version also available in Spanish. Other foreign language versions of the complaint form are available for download.

Housing Discrimination - Filing A Complaint

Information for those renting or home buyer a home who believe their rights have been violated. Details on fair housing complaints

Housing Discrimination Complaint - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Information on how to file a housing discrimination complaint online with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development using Housing Discrimination Complaint, Form HUD-903.1. Online version also available in Spanish. Other foreign language versions of the complaint form are available for download.

Federal Court Finder

Find a federal court location by location or court name, including appellate, district, bankruptcy, probation and pretrial office, or federal defender organization. Each District Court has its own local forms which are generally available on the Court website.

PAHousingSearch.com

This is a free resource from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and other Commonwealth partners to help you find a home that fits your needs and budget. Property providers can list available apartments or homes at any time, which means the listings are current. The web site lets you define what you want in your next living space, and then it does all the research – presenting you with the relevant housing vacancies that best fit your parameters in the community where you want to live.

Housing Discrimination

Information on the law applicable to housing discrimination from the Erie County Bar Association. (August 2018)

Fair Housing -- It's Your Right

Description of the protection from housing discrimination offered by the Fair Housing Act from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (May 2010)

You Cannot be Denied Housing Because of Your Disability or Need for a Support or Service Animal (Video)

Under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, you cannot be denied housing because of your need for a support or service animal. This video from the PA Human Relations Commission explains your rights.

The Fair Housing Act

Information on housing discrimination and the Fair Housing Act from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Housing Discrimination - Filing A Complaint

Information for those renting or home buyer a home who believe their rights have been violated. Details on fair housing complaints

PAHousingSearch.com

This is a free resource from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and other Commonwealth partners to help you find a home that fits your needs and budget. Property providers can list available apartments or homes at any time, which means the listings are current. The web site lets you define what you want in your next living space, and then it does all the research – presenting you with the relevant housing vacancies that best fit your parameters in the community where you want to live.

Discriminatory Zoning and the Fair Housing Act

This booklet from Disability Rights Pennsylvania is designed to acquaint people with disabilities, advocates, providers, and attorneys with the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 and, in particular, its impact on state and local zoning laws and land use regulations. [PDF] (April 2018)

The Fair Housing Act: An Overview for People with Disabililties

This Fact Sheet from Disability Rights Pennsylvania provides a brief overview of the rights and remedies afforded by the Fair Housing Act to people with disabilities. [PDF]

Fair Housing Videos for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The National Fair Housing Alliance, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, has created of 12 videos in American Sign Language (ASL) with English captioning that provide critical legal and practical information on fair housing issues in a format accessible to persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

A Place of My Own - How The ADA Is Creating Integrated Housing Opportunities For People With Mental Illnesse

Information from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law on the how the “integration mandate" of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires public entities to administer their services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs, should be applied to housing. [PDF] (March 2014)

Right to Emotional Support Animals in "No Pet" Housing

Information from the Bazelon Center on Mental Health Law on the right of disabled persons to have service animals in housing. (June 2017)

What "Fair Housing" Means for People with Disabilities

This booklet from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is written for people with disabilities who want to rent a home. It will help you recognize illegal discrimination and put an end to it. [PDF] (April 2018)

Publications from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

List of Publications from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. The Bazelon Center produces reports, issue papers, and manuals that analyze major federal laws, policies, and regulations that affect access to services and the rights of people with mental disabilities.

National Fair Housing Alliance

Website of the National Fair Housing Alliance, the only national organization dedicated solely to ending discrimination in housing. It is a consortium of more than 220 private, non-profit fair housing organizations, state and local civil rights agencies, and individuals from throughout the United States.

PhillyTenant.Org

PhillyTenant.Org is your resource for tenant rights in Philadelphia. PhillyTenant.org is the product of a collaboration of legal services and advocacy organizations in Philadelphia including: AIDS Law Project; Community Legal Services; Dechert LLP; HELP: MLP; Landlord/Tenant Legal Help Center @ Municipal Court; Legal Clinic for the Disabled; Legal Help Center; Philadelphia Legal Assistance; Philly VIP; Regional Housing Legal Services; SeniorLAW Center; and Tenant Union Representative Network. The information provided on PhillyTenant.org is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. For legal advice or representation, tenants should seek legal help.

Structural Modifications In Public And Section 8 Housing

Information from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law on the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for structural modifications for disabled persons in public and Section 8 housing. [PDF]

PhillyTenant.Org

PhillyTenant.Org is your resource for tenant rights in Philadelphia. PhillyTenant.org is the product of a collaboration of legal services and advocacy organizations in Philadelphia including: AIDS Law Project; Community Legal Services; Dechert LLP; HELP: MLP; Landlord/Tenant Legal Help Center @ Municipal Court; Legal Clinic for the Disabled; Legal Help Center; Philadelphia Legal Assistance; Philly VIP; Regional Housing Legal Services; SeniorLAW Center; and Tenant Union Representative Network. The information provided on PhillyTenant.org is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. For legal advice or representation, tenants should seek legal help.

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