2018 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice
Fair Housing Survey -Spanish Version
Fair Housing Act:
New Construction Accessibility Requirements
Fair Housing Act of 1968 -47th Anniversary Proclamation
The County of Lehigh is dedicated to adhering to the regulations set forth by the Fair Housing Act:
Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), as amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under of the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and handicap (disability).
The following resources are available to those Lehigh County residents who believe they have experienced discrimination in housing, rental, sales, or financing because of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, or familial status may contact any of the resources below for assistance:
559 Main Street, Suite 200
Bethlehem, PA 18018
610-317-5322 - Local Fair Housing Discrimination Line
County of Lehigh
Fair Housing Officer
17 S. Seventh Street
Allentown, PA 18101
For General Questions, Please Call our Office:
Analysis of Impediments
As an entitlement of Community Development Block Grant Program funds, an analysis of impediments is performed every five years to uncover any obstacles to fair housing. Should you wish to have a copy of this report, please contact the County of Lehigh's Fair Housing Officer, Paulette Gilfoil.
Fair Housing-- It's Your Right - HUD
NEW HUD guidance on Fair Housing Act protection for people with Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently issued guidance regarding the applicability of the Fair Housing Act (FHA) to a housing provider’s consideration of a person’s limited English proficiency (LEP). LEP refers to a person’s limited ability to read, write, speak or understand English. Although LEP individuals are not a protected class under the FHA, there is a close connection between LEP and national origin, which is a protected class under the FHA. Because a person’s primary language usually derives from his or her national origin, the FHA prohibits housing providers from using an individual’s LEP as a basis for an adverse housing decision. A housing provider can violate the FHA by either intentionally discriminating against people with LEP or using LEP in a way that causes an unjustified discriminatory effect. For more information, please visit HUD’s website.
2020 Fair Housing Awareness Month Proclamation
The Mayors of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, and the County Executives of Lehigh County and Northampton County, have proclaimed April 2020 as Fair Housing Awareness Month in the Lehigh Valley Area. This proclamation marks the anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 which sought to eliminate discrimination in housing opportunities and to affirmatively further housing choices for ALL Americans.
Lehigh Valley Community Land Trust
Lehigh Valley Community Land Trust (LVCLT)