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Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission to hold Housing Equality Conference June 14

05/16/2022

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CONTACT:  Laura Argenbright, Director of Communications
Largenbrig@pa.gov
717-856-5971

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
May 13, 2022

PENNSYLVANIA HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION TO HOLD 
HOUSING EQUALITY CONFERENCE JUNE 14

Who: Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Fair Housing and Commercial Property Division
What: Housing Equality Conference: Ensuring Justice for All
When: June 14th, 8:30am-4:30pm
Where: The Harrisburg Hilton – One 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101
Who should attend: Homeowners, housing professionals, social service professionals and community leaders
Registrations and details: PHRC Housing Conference Registration


HARRISBURG, PA –The Pennsylvania Relations Commission (PHRC), the state’s leading civil rights enforcement agency, will play host to the 2022 Housing Equality Conference: Ensuring Justice for All 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 14 at the Harrisburg Hilton, located at One 2nd Street.  The keynote speaker, Dr. Andre Perry, will discuss his work on the topic of appraisal bias: “Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Properties in America’s Cities.”  

 “This free in-person conference event will provide the opportunity to network, share ideas, and work towards improving housing opportunities for Pennsylvanians.  Seating is limited, so we encourage everyone to register today,” said conference organizer Brittany Mellinger, PHRC’s Fair Housing Educational Outreach Coordinator. “We’ll be joined by state and national fair housing experts, developers, educators, and leaders in discussions about affordable housing development, LGBTQ+ housing rights and challenges, the impacts of redlining, and the connection between housing and education.”

PHRC plays a key role in ensuring housing justice and opportunities for citizens of the Commonwealth. “As the state’s top civil rights enforcement agency, we realized the importance of expanding our fair housing division, and over the past two years, we have added a fair housing director and a dedicated education and outreach coordinator,” said Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW, Executive Director of the PHRC. “We are creating new partnerships with like-minded housing agencies, advocates, and associations across the state and have made exponential gains in our outreach efforts. We encourage anyone with an interest in affirmatively furthering fair housing in the Commonwealth to attend this year’s conference.” 

The agency’s Director of Fair Housing and Commercial Property Adrian Garcia added: “To eradicate housing discrimination, we need to get at the root of the problem and find long lasting solutions.  That’s a discussion we hope to advance during this conference.  Our goal is to use this conference as a launching pad for continued in-depth conversations and initiatives that will promote meaningful change in how the Commonwealth looks at housing justice.” 

To register and find conference details, visit: PHRC Housing Equality Conference (constantcontact.com)
Questions should be directed to Brittany Mellinger at bmellinger@pa.gov

PHRC urges anyone who has experienced acts of discrimination or hate to file a complaint with the PHRC by calling 717-787-4410.  Information and resources are also available at www.PHRC.pa.gov. 



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