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NPLS has posted the recently revised Self-Help Handbook for Tenants in the Resource Library on our website.  The handbook is available in both English and Spanish.  Links to both handbooks are included below.  The handbook is posted as one document and also separated by chapter.  If you live in the Lehigh Valley and would like a printed copy of either handbook, please call NPLS at 610-317-8757.  A copy will be mailed to you.  

English Self-Help Handbook for Tenants:

We're excited to show you our ads for the Fair Housing bus awareness campaign that will run from April 1st to June 30th.  Be on the lookout for our ads across the Lehigh Valley during the next three months.  

On Friday, April 8, North Penn Legal Services (NPLS) and LVCIL held a press conference at LVCIL .  NPLS and LVCIL staff highlighted the vigorous local efforts to combat housing discrimination throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Earlier this week, the Morning Call published an article about the U.S. Department of  Housing and Urban Development’s  proposal to ban smoking in all public housing units and extending 25 feet from any building (http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-lehigh-valley-public-housing-smoking-20151205-story.html). The proposal allows persons to submit written comments through January 19, 2016.
A landlord who owned properties in Coopersburg settled a housing discrimination complaint earlier this month after allegations that he discriminated against families with children by refusing to rent a second-floor apartment to applicants with children. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) filed a charge of discrimination against the landlord in October. According to HUD’s charge, the landlord posted a Craiglist advertisement that stated the apartment was “not suitable for children due to the exterior landing and stairs."
 

As the requests rise for an emotional support animals (ESA), so do the voices of the critics.  The New York Times recently published two articles pertaining to college student’s requests for ESAs.  The first article talked about the issues involved in addressing a requests on a college campus, such as balancing the rights of individuals with disabilities with those of individuals fearful of or allergic to animals.  The second article talked about the readership’s response to the first article.  And what a response it is!  Apparently, many people don&rsqu

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