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

  • Fair Housing is Your Right - Use It! (Video)

    Federal, state and local laws promote fair housing and prohibit housing discrimination. This video from North Penn Legal Services explains your right to Fair Housing. Read More

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    North Penn Legal Services
  • Request for Reasonable Accommodation

    This form prepares a "Request for Reasonable Accommodation" for disabled tenants in Pennsylvania. You can send the request to a landlord, if you need changes to your rental unit or rental program because of your disability. IMPORTANT: This is NOT a fill-in-the-blank form. To use this form, you must have Internet Explorer and Microsoft Word installed on the computer you are using. Read More

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    North Penn Legal Services
  • Fair Housing -- It's Your Right (Video)

    Description of the protection from housing discrimination offered by the Fair Housing Act from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Read More

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    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Discrimination and Erie Human Relations Commission (Audio-MP3)

    Episode of Northwestern Legal Services' "Access to Justice" Radio show broadcast on JET 1400 AM in Erie, PA on 3-27-2008. Information regarding discrimination, specifically relating to education, housing and sexual orientation, how to file a complaint with the Erie (PA) Human Relations Commission. Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • 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. Read More

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    Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission
  • 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. Read More

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    National Fair Housing Alliance
  • Hoarding: Know Your Rights

    This handbook provides information for people who struggle with hoarding, clutter, and home maintenance problems. Read More

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    North Penn Legal Services
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Self-Help Handbook for Tenants

    This handbook from North Penn Legal Services provides useful information about renting an apartment and some of the basics of landlord-tenant law. For those looking for rental housing, the handbook has practical suggestions about what to look for while inspecting the rental unit and what questions to ask the landlord. For those who are already renting, the handbook discusses common problems such as nonpayment of rent or complaints about repairs. [PDF] Read More

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    North Penn Legal Services
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Petition to Waive Court Costs

    Click the document title to be linked to LawHelp Interactive where you can prepare a Petition to Waive Court Fees which can be used to ask the Pennsylvania Court for permission to file legal papers for free. This form can be used in most types of court cases in Pennsylvania. Approval to waive fees is not automatic. You will need to ask the Court to approve your Petition. Instructions will be included. PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a fill-in-the-blank form; you will need to answer questions while connected to the Internet. IMPORTANT: To use this form, you must use Internet Explorer as your browser and Microsoft Word to print your documents. Read More

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    North Penn Legal Services