Unfurnished Apt for Rent, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from turkeychik’s photostream

In April 1968, Congress passed the federal Fair Housing Act at the urging of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. The Act prohibits sellers/landlords from discriminating against buyers/renters on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status and disability. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) plays a lead role in administering and enforcing the Fair Housing Act. In Pittsburgh, the Commission on Human Relations (CHR) studies, investigates and serves as a law enforcement agency for complaints of alleged discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations within the City of Pittsburgh. As part of their mission, CHR is preparing its Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice as part of its Consolidated Plan (HUD requires submission of a Consolidated Plan by governments which receive formula-based Community Development Block Grant allocations).

CHR is now looking to gain community input on impediments to achieving fair housing. First, they’d like you to take their survey on the subject here. They are also holding a public meeting on April 13, 2012. You can find out about free housing and legal services in the City at this event. More information about this meeting can be found from their flyer here.

Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations Public Meeting
Friday, April 13, 2012, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Where: East Liberty Presbyterian Church, The Cathedral of Hope, 116 South Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206 (map)
Cost: Free and open to the public
Additional: Light refreshments will be available. If you require accommodations, please contact the Commission on Human Relations office by phone at (412) 255 2600 or email HumanRelationsCommission@pittsburghpa.gov

Fair housing protest, 1964, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Seattle Municipal Archives’ photostream