Since 1951, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations has taken on the charge to cultivate harmony and respect among residents and employers. It is the agency mandated to enforce civil rights laws and tackles intergroup conflicts throughout the city — whether sparked by barking dogs or burning crosses.

PCHR is powered by the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter and the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance, which prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and the delivery of city services. Discrimination banned by this ordinance includes unjust actions based on:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Ethnicity
  • Ancestry
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity
  • Physical ability
  • Marital status
  • Genetic information
  • Domestic or sexual violence victim status
  • Familial status.

In its capacity, PCHR staff also powers the Fair Housing Commission, addressing unfair rental practices and enforcing the city’s Fair Housing Ordinance.

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