The draft Williamsport Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice and Summary of Recommended Actions is now available for download. The AI is a review of a jurisdiction’s laws, regulations, and administrative policies, procedures, and practices affecting the location, availability, and accessibility of housing, and an assessment of conditions, both public and private, affecting fair housing choice. The City of Williamsport and Housing Authority of the County of Lycoming (HACL) have prepared an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice to satisfy requirements of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended. This act requires that any community receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds affirmatively further fair housing.
The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of Race, Color, National Origin, Religion, Sex, Familial Status, Disability
Learn about Fair Housing at “Fair Housing in Pennsylvania”
What is Covered by the Fair Housing Act? Most housing is covered but in some circumstances, owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units, single-family housing sold or rented without use of a broker and the owner doesn’t own more than three houses, and housing operated by organizations or private clubs that limit occupancy to members are exempted. But even if your property is exempt from the FHA it must still comply with the law’s ban on discriminatory notices, statements, or advertising.
Prohibited In the Sale and Rental of Housing: No one may take the following actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap:
Refuse to rent or sell housing ♦ Refuse to negotiate for housing ♦ Make housing unavailable ♦ Deny a dwelling ♦ Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling ♦ Provide different housing services or facilities ♦ Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale, or rental ♦ For profit, persuade owners to sell or rent (blockbusting) ♦ Deny anyone access to or membership in a facility or service (such as a multiple listing service) related to the sale or rental of housing.
Prohibited In Mortgage Lending: No one may take any of the following actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap (disability): ♦ Refuse to make a mortgage loan ◊ Refuse to provide information regarding loans ◊ Impose different terms or conditions on a loan, such as different interest rates, points, or fees ◊ Discriminate in appraising property ◊ Refuse to purchase a loan ◊ Set different terms or conditions for purchasing a loan
It is illegal for anyone to: Threaten, coerce, intimidate or interfere with anyone exercising a fair housing right or assisting others who exercise that right • Advertise or make any statement that indicates a limitation or preference based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or handicap. This prohibition against discriminatory advertising applies to single-family and owner-occupied housing that is otherwise exempt from the Fair Housing Act.
If you or someone associated with you: Has a physical or mental disability (including hearing, mobility and visual impairments, chronic alcoholism, chronic mental illness, AIDS, AIDS Related Complex and mental retardation) that substantially limits one or more major life activities ♦ Has a record of such a disability or are regarded as having such a disability
Your landlord may not: Refuse to let you make reasonable modifications to your dwelling or common use areas, at your expense, if necessary for the disabled person to use the housing. (Where reasonable, the landlord may permit changes only if you agree to restore the property to its original condition when you move.) ♦ Refuse to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices or services if necessary for the disabled person to use the housing.
Housing Opportunities for Families. Unless a building or community qualifies as housing for older persons, it may not discriminate against families in which one or more children under 18 live with:
A parent or a person who has legal custody of the child or children or the designee of the parent or legal custodian, with the parent or custodian’s written permission. ♦ Familial status protection also applies to pregnant women and anyone securing legal custody of a child under 18. Exemption: Housing for older persons is exempt from the prohibition against familial status discrimination if:
The HUD Secretary has determined that it is specifically designed for and occupied by elderly persons under a Federal, State or local government program or is occupied solely by persons who are 62 or older or it houses at least one person who is 55 or older in at least 80 percent of the occupied units, and adheres to a policy that demonstrates an intent to house persons who are 55 or older.
If You Think Your Housing Rights Have Been Violated Contact HUD.
A Housing Discrimination Complaint Form is available for you to download, complete and mail, or complete online and submit, or you may write HUD a letter, or telephone the HUD office nearest you. You have one year after an alleged violation to file a complaint, but y file it as soon as possible.
You may also contact The City Fair Housing Commission representative for assistance contacting HUD or filing a complaint. For information, call 570-327-7513. City of Williamsport – Notice of Fair Housing and Complaint Process
You may also contact the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission PA Human Relations Commission, 301 Chestnut Street, Suite 300, Harrisburg, PA 17101-1702 (717)855-866-5718, (717) 787-4410 (717) 787-4087 TTY users only or PA Human Relations Commission
Visit the Federal Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Office for more information and Covid 19 updates relating to housing.