City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations Kicks off Fair Housing Month in April with New PSA’s and a Video Showcasing the Importance of NOT Discriminating
April marks the celebration of Fair Housing Month nationally and the City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations is gearing up for a new campaign to showcase the importance of equal opportunity when it comes to housing in the city during the month. City Council and the Commission on Human Relations announced a Proclamation of Fair Housing month on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in City Council Chambers to celebrate the 46th anniversary of the passage of the U.S. Fair Housing Law, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
The Commission on Human Relations is a law enforcement agency which derives its authority from the City Fair Practices Provisions found in Article V, Chapters 651 through 659 of the Pittsburgh City Code. These provisions, similar to the Fair Housing Act, make it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, family status (housing), age, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, handicap or disability.
To help reinforce and build on its efforts through the years the Commission will make available the following new PSA’s and a video that reinforces and highlights the laws that protect citizens from housing discrimination. To review the new videos please click the links below:
The Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations (CHR) investigates complaints of alleged discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations within the City of Pittsburgh. CHR is tasked with investigating civil rights violations and any conditions having an adverse effect on intergroup relations in the city. In addition, CHR conducts community education and other outreach programs for schools, community groups, businesses, professional organizations and City departments in order to promote equal rights and opportunities for all who work, live or visit our city.
The 15 persons who are members of the Commission on Human Relations serve without pay and are appointed to four-year terms of office by the Mayor. The Commission on Human Relations employs a director and staff. In addition to reviewing the findings of staff, the Commission may hold public hearings, subpoena witnesses and compel their attendance, require the production of evidence, make findings of fact, issue orders and publish such findings of fact and orders.
If residents in the city believe that they have been discriminated against by an employer, housing provider, or public company or service within the City of Pittsburgh, they are urged to contact the Commission at:
908 City-County Building
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2464
Appointments are preferred but not necessary.
There is also a CHR online form that can be completed at the following web address:
Formal complaints must be filed directly with the Commission within one year from the date of the alleged unlawful act. There is no charge for filing a complaint with the Commission.New Page
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