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The Housing Equality Center is hiring a Test Coordinator!

The Test Coordinator’s primary duty is planning, coordinating, conducting, and evaluating fair housing testing investigations and for maintaining all documentation relating to complaint allegations and investigations. In addition, the Test Coordinator is responsible for providing victims of housing discrimination with counseling, information and advice, and referrals to enforcement and other services. The Test Coordinator must also select and/or recruit and train testers and make all necessary arrangements for tester training sessions. Essential Duties and Responsibilities Conduct intake of bona fide complaints and perform case management activities Design and plan fair housing testing investigations in connection with bona-fide complaints in housing

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Message from the Executive Director: New Name, Same Mission

I am proud to announce that we have changed our name from the Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia to the Housing Equality Center of Pennsylvania. Our more inclusive name will better enable us to connect with consumers and housing professionals throughout our expanded service area, which includes the Pennsylvania Counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton and Philadelphia. And let’s face it, the Housing Equality Center is easier to say and understand! It succinctly captures our mission, which remains to lead the effort to eliminate housing discrimination through education, advocacy and enforcement of fair housing laws. With our

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Tips for Requesting an Accommodation or Modification

Under fair housing laws, someone with a disability is allowed to request accommodations to rules, policies and practices in housing or housing related transaction. If the requested accommodation is reasonable, a landlord or other covered housing provider would have to permit the accommodation. For example, a “no pets” community couldn’t refuse housing or charge extra fees for someone simply because they have an assistance animal. Similarly, if someone with a disability needs to make reasonable modifications to fully use and enjoy housing, it would be unlawful for the homeowner, homeowners association, local government or other covered housing provider to refuse

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When is an Accommodation or Modification Request Reasonable?

Under fair housing laws, people with disabilities can request accommodations to rules, policies and practices in housing. If the requested accommodation is reasonable, a landlord or other covered housing provider would have to permit the accommodation. Similarly, if someone with a disability needs to make reasonable modifications to fully use and enjoy housing, it would be unlawful for the homeowner, homeowners association, local government or other covered housing provider to refuse to allow the modification. Covered housing providers are obligated to permit accommodation and allow modifications, when they are reasonable and the Department of Housing and Urban Development has provided

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Housing Equality Center Files Lawsuit Alleging Fair Housing Violations at Bethlehem Township Condominiums

On July 30, 2014, the Housing Equality Center and the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit in federal district court against the builders, owners and designers of The Bordeaux Lofts at the Vineyard at Wagner Farms, a 92-unit condominium community in Bethlehem Township. According to the lawsuit, the Housing Equality Center conducted inspections of the Bordeaux Lofts between March 2012 and May 2013 documenting Fair Housing Act violations that effectively precluded wheelchair users and people with mobility impairments from living in the community. >> Read press release. >> Media coverage in The Express-Times >> Media coverage in The

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Spring 2014 Newsletter: Lehigh County Accessibility Settlement and Historical Reflections from the Nation’s Oldest Fair Housing Council

The Spring 2013 Housing Equality Center’s newsletter includes articles on a recent design and construction settlement in Lehigh County, historical reflections on 46 years of fair housing laws form the nations oldest fair housing council and recognition of local funders supporting today’s fair housing education efforts. This edition also includes a message from Lisa Gaffney, President of the Board of Directors and an article welcoming new Board members, Nicole D. Cogdell, William H. Hall, IV, Esq., Mark Levin, Esq., and Erin Smist. Read newsletter


Housing Equality Center Testing Uncovers Accessibility Violations in Upper Macungie Twp

On March 7, 2014, the Housing Equality Center and the developers, designers and management of Parkland View Apartments entered into an agreement to bring the 378 unit apartment community in Upper Macungie, Pennsylvania into compliance with the Federal Fair Housing Act’s accessibility requirements. Developer Kushner Real Estate Group, S/K Cetronia Associates, LP, Majic Pennsylvania Corp., and Minno & Wasko, Architects & Planners, P.C. signed an agreement that will result in extensive alterations to Parkland View Apartments. The Housing Equality Center will also receive $55,000 to cover a portion of the costs incurred to bring about the agreement. >> Read press

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