CIVIL RIGHTS DIRECTORY

STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES - PENNSYLVANIA

Allentown
Harrisburg
Lancaster
Philadelphia
Pittsburg
Reading
York

ALLENTOWN HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION
435 Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18101-1699

Phyllis Alexander, Director
Tel: (215) 437-7600
Fax: (215) 437-7675
TDD: None

The 16-member Commission enforces the human relations ordinance, which prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, real estate and public accommodations against the federally protected classes and on the basis of age or marital status. In addition, the Commission endeavors to foster good will among different groups in the community. The Commission accepts and investigates complaints of discrimination, and attempts to mediate them. If mediation is unsuccessful, the case goes to a public hearing.

Geographic area(s) served: City of Allentown
Type(s) of publications: None

HARRISBURG FAIR HOUSING COUNCIL
2100 N. 6th Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Melvin T. Johnson, Chair
Tel: (717) 238-9540
Fax: (717) 233-5001
TDD: None

The Council interviews clients for possible discrimination complaints and helps the client file his or her complaint in local court. At this time, the Council does not have a formal testing program.

Geographic area(s) served: City of Harrisburg
Type(s) of publications: Booklet

HARRISBURG HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION (HHRC)
123 Walnut Street, Suite 235
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Michael G. Bowles, Executive Director
Tel: (717) 255-3087
Fax: (717) 255-6488
TDD: None

The HHRC, consisting of nine members appointed by the Mayor, enforces the Harrisburg human relations ordinance prohibiting discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations against the federally protected classes and on the basis of age, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Geographic area(s) served: City of Harrisburg
Type(s) of publications: None

PENNSYLVANIA COMMISSION FOR WOMEN
Finance Building, Room 209
Harrisburg, PA 17111

Karen S. Fleisher and Rosemary Thompson McAvoy
Executive Directors
Tel: (717) 787-8128
Fax: (717) 772-0653
TDD: None

The Commission is the resource center for all issues that impact on women. These include, but are not limited to, economic interests, discrimination, harassment, entrepreneurial ventures, education, prevention, and health care.

Geographic area(s) served: State of Pennsylvania
Type(s) of publications: Quarterly newsletter

PENNSYLVANIA HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION (PHRC)
101 S. 2nd Street, Suite 300
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Homer C. Floyd, Executive Director
Tel: (717) 787-4410
Fax: (717) 787-0420
TDD: (717) 783-9308

The PHRC enforces the State's antidiscrimination laws in employment, housing, public accommodations, and education. It receives, investigates, resolves, and litigates formal complaints filed by aggrieved persons in three regional offices: Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia. PHRC also actively addresses the prevention and monitoring of racial tension situations.

Geographic area(s) served: State of Pennsylvania
Type(s) of publications: Monthly newsletter and annual report

LANCASTER CITY-COUNTY HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION
225 W. King Street
Lancaster, PA 17603

Louis A. Butcher, Jr., Executive Director
Tel: (805) 299-7840
Fax: (805) 390-7747
TDD: None

The Commission receives and processes complaints of discrimination or disparate treatment and impact to ensure the observance and benefits by all persons of the rights set forth in State, Federal, and local laws. It enforces County Ordinance Number 30. It promotes amicable and cooperative relations among the various cultural, educational, racial, ethnic, and economic groups and helps improve the quality of life for residents of the city and county. The Commission is committed to assisting employers, housing providers, and the Lancaster community at large through education and other proactive means to further understanding and open lines of communication.

Geographic area(s) served: Lancaster City and County
Type(s) of publications: None

PHILADELPHIA COMMISSION ON HUMAN RELATIONS (PCHR)
34 S. 11th Street, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3695

Kevin E. Vaughan, Director
Tel: (215) 686-4673
Fax: (215) 686-4684
TDD: None

The mandate of the Human Relations Commission is to investigate complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, use of public accommodations, and the provision of city services and to provide education and address intergroup conflict that cannot be resolved by a law. The Fair Housing Commission enforces the City's fair housing ordinance, which prohibits landlords from evicting a tenant or giving a tenant a rent increase while housing code violations are present, engaging in unfair rental practices, or retaliating against a tenant for reporting housing code violations to the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections.

Geographic area(s) served: City of Philadelphia
Type(s) of publications: Annual report

PITTSBURGH COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
908 City-County Building
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2464

Charles F. Morrison, Director
Tel: (412) 255-2600
Fax: (412) 255-2288
TDD: None

The Commission investigates complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations on the basis of race, religion, age, ancestry, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, familial status, non-job-related disability or use of guide dogs; and conducts studies and investigates conditions having an adverse effect on intergroup relations in the city of Pittsburgh. It also provides human relations training for police recruits, city departments, and the community at large. It recommends legislation to promote and ensure equal rights and provides public information and technical assistance to further the goals of the human relations ordinance.

Geographic area(s) served: City of Pittsburgh
Type(s) of publications: Annual reports

READING-BERKS HUMAN RELATIONS COUNCIL
602-04 Court Street
Reading, PA 19601

Joan S. Reppert, Executive Director
Tel: (610) 375-8852
Fax: (610) 375-1481
TDD: None

The Council investigates complaints and attempts mediation and reconciliation when possible. It also refers to other community agencies as appropriate. It conducts monthly interactive television programs, and training for real estate agents, businesses, and school children. It provides newsletters, brochures, public speaking to community groups, and consultant services to employers, landlords, and agencies.

Geographic area(s) served: City of Reading and Berks County
Type(s) of publications: Newsletter

YORK HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION
225 E. Princess Street
York, PA 17403

Stephen W. Busch, Director
Tel: (717) 846-2926
Fax: (717) 845-4853
TDD: None

The Commission enforces York's ordinance prohibiting discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. Protected categories are the same as the Federal ones, with the addition of sexual orientation. York has 42,000 residents, 30 percent of whom are people of color. The Commission accepts and investigates complaints of discrimination.

Geographic area(s) served: City of York
Type(s) of publications: None