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A forum was held on April 21st to provide education on fair housing law and how to enforce these important rights.  It was an engaging event with several top notch speakers including Professor Ira Goldstein, Ph.D, President, Policy Solutions, Reinvestment Fund and Rachel Wentworth, Executive Director, Housing Equality Center of Pennsylvania.  There was also a panel discussing case studies consisting of Justin Porembo, CEO of Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors, Marielle Macher, Attorney at Law for the Community Justice Project, Rebecca Strobel, MSW for the Lehigh Valley Cent

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."
 

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