Fair Housing Protection

The Community Development and Housing Division provides a local point of contact for Fair Housing Protection in the Borough.

What is Fair Housing?


When renting or selling housing, it is illegal to discriminate based on the following:
  • Race,
  • Color,
  • Religion,
  • Age (40 and over),
  • Ancestry,
  • National origin,
  • Place of birth,
  • Sex,
  • Sexual orientation,
  • Gender identity or expression
  • Source of income,
  • Disability or handicap
  • Presence of a service animal (public accommodations) ,
  • Presence of a support animal (housing and real estate-related transactions),
  • Pregnancy,
  • Birth of a child,
  • Familial status, or
  • Marital status.
Examples of discrimination are:
  • falsely denying that housing is available;
  • discriminatory advertising;
  • refusal to rent; or
  • discrimination in the terms of the lease.
View the Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Ordinance
(Chapter V, Part E of the Borough Code of Ordinances)

How do I File a Complaint?



Borough of State College


Individuals who believe they are being discriminated against with respect to a property located within the Borough of State College may file a complaint in person or by mail on forms provided by the Borough. Complaints must be filed within 180 days of the act of discrimination. For more information, call (814) 234-7109.

Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission


Individuals who believe they are being discriminated against may also file a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission in Harrisburg. The phone number is (717) 787-9784. Complaints must be filed within 180 days of the act of discrimination.

U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development


A complaint may also be filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by calling the Housing Discrimination Hotline at the toll-free number 1 (800) 669-9777. Complaints must be filed within one year of the act of discrimination.

Obtaining Forms


Complaints forms for filing with the Borough of State College, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and HUD are available at the State College Planning Department, 243 South Allen Street, Room 221. For more information, call (814) 234-7109 or email.

Anti-Discrimination in Employment


State College Borough’s Anti-Discrimination in Employment Ordinance

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