Human Relations & Fair Housing Commission

Discrimination & Enforcement
Under the City’s Fair Practices Ordinance, it is illegal to discriminate against people in employment; housing and commercial property; and public accommodations. The PCHR also enforces the laws that protect people with criminal records and those affected by domestic and sexual violence. In dealing with the effects of domestic or sexual violence, a City law allows you take an unpaid leave of absence from work so that you, or someone in your family or household, can get medical attention, legal assistance, social services or other help.

  • “Ban the Box” law: makes it illegal for employers to ask job applicants about their criminal records on applications through the first interview.

Life Partnership
The PCHR registers same-sex couples as Life Partners. Life Partnership is officially recognized by the City. Registration gives couples certain rights and benefits that are available to opposite-sex married couples.

Community Relations
Through our Dispute Resolution Program (DRP) the PCHR provides mediation, conciliation, counseling, and referral services to individuals, households, and groups that have a dispute and an ongoing relationship with each other.

Fair Housing Commission
Under the Philadelphia Fair Housing Ordinance it is illegal for a landlord to terminate a lease or change any terms of a lease when the rental property has been cited for a violation of the Philadelphia Code. It is also illegal for a landlord to retaliate against a tenant for filing a complaint alleging violations, joining a tenant organization or otherwise exercising a legal right. The law also contains certain protections for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.

If you would like to file a complaint, please call or visit our office to talk with intake staff for more information. Otherwise to learn more about our agency please visit our website at: 

Center City Office
601 Walnut Street, Suite 300
South Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215-686-4670
Fax: 215-686-4684

North Philadelphia Field Office
601 W. Lehigh Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19133
Phone: 215-685-9761
Fax: 215-685-9768


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