Fair Housing

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Fair Housing Lehigh County 

        

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Lehigh Valley Community Land Trust

Michael Handzo

Project Coordinator
Office:484-893-1061
mhandzo@caclv.org

        

Fair Housing

The County of Lehigh is dedicated to adhering to the regulations set forth by the Fair Housing Act:

Title VIII of the Civil rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), as amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing related transactions, based on race, color national origin, religion sex, familial status (including children under of the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and handicap (disability). Equal Housing

The following resources are available to those Lehigh County residents who believe they have experienced discrimination in housing, rental, sales, or financing because of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, or familial status may contact any of the resources below for assistance:

Complaints
Persons who believe they have experienced discrimination in housing rental, sales, or financing because of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, or familial status can contact any of the following entities:

LOCAL CONTACTS:
 
North Penn Legal Services

65 E Elizabeth Ave
Bethlehem, PA 18018-6518
610-317-8757
610-317-5322- Local Fair Housing Discrimination Line
www.northpennlegal.org

County of Lehigh
Fair Housing Officer
Paulette Gilfoil
17 S. Seventh Street
Allentown, PA 18101
610-782-3566
610-871-2893

paulettegilfoil@lehighcounty.org

General Questions Please Call our Office 

610-782-3565

TDD:   7-1-1 PA Relay Center
 U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
(800) 347-3739

Analysis of Impediments
As an entitlement of Community Development Block Grant Program funds an analysis of impediments is performed every five years to uncover any obstacles to fair housing. Should you wish to have a copy of this report please contact the County of Lehigh Fair Housing Officer, Paulette Gilfoil.

Regional - Analysis of Impediments
Lehigh County is part of a regional initiative that will result in the preparation of a new Analysis of Impediments.  Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation was recently awarded a Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant for $3.4 million dollars by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  This HUD grant will allow for the implementation of the County's Five-Year Strategic Plan (2012-2016) and the larger Regional Analysis of Impediments plan.

 Fair Housing-- It's Your Right - HUD

NEW HUD guidance on Fair Housing Act protection for people with Limited English Proficiency (LEP)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently issued guidance regarding the applicability of the Fair Housing Act (FHA) to a housing provider’s consideration of a person’s limited English proficiency (LEP). LEP refers to a person’s limited ability to read, write, speak or understand English. Although LEP individuals are not a protected class under the FHA, there is a close connection between LEP and national origin, which is a protected class under the FHA. Because a person’s primary language usually derives from his or her national origin, the FHA prohibits housing providers from using an individual’s LEP as a basis for an adverse housing decision. A housing provider can violate the FHA by either intentionally discriminating against people with LEP or using LEP in a way that causes an unjustified discriminatory effect. For more information, please visit HUD’s website.