Monthly Archives: September 2014

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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