NPLS and LVCIL Hold Press Conference and Outreach Event to Publicize April as Fair Housing Awareness Month
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.
NPLS Staff read a proclamation declaring April as Fair Housing Awareness Month. The proclamation is signed by the mayors of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, as well as the executives for Lehigh and Northampton Counties. Representatives from NPLS and LVCIL made joint remarks about the importance of how accessible housing helps people with disabilities in their daily lives. LVCIL Staff made brief comments about their consumers' experiences with LVCIL’s program – PLACE - People Living in Accessible Community Environments. NPLS announce a major milestone of educating more than 3,000 people about Fair Housing issues in the Lehigh Valley and unveiled its bus awareness campaign ads.
NPLS has taken the lead on the issue of Fair Housing since January 2012 by establishing the Lehigh Valley Fair Housing Project. Five funders continue to support the project which provides legal assistance and education about housing discrimination and related topics. The five funders include the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, as well as Lehigh and Northampton Counties. During the month of April, NPLS works to elevate the issue of Fair Housing through its bus awareness campaign, outreach events, and collaborations with community organizations like LVCIL. The Lehigh Valley Fair Housing Project is the only project of its kind in Pennsylvania and one of the few in the nation.
After the press conference, there was a training at Noon co-sponsored by LVCIL and NPLS to encourage landlords to rent to people with disabilities. The program – Landlords For All offered educational workshops on what is needed to build successful rental relationships. Workshops allow the opportunity for landlords to meet, discuss rental situations, share advice and experiences, and network with each other. NPLS provided information about Fair Housing, the eviction process, and other Landlord-Tenant issues.