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The mission of the Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeaster Pennsylvania is to ensure equal access to housing opportunities for all persons.
The Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennyslvania (FHRC) was originally organized in 1990 to address the problem of housing discrimination in Montgomery County. FHRC was founded by Dr. Mari K. Fielder, a professor and mother who realized the need for fair housing advocacy for women with children, and Marlene Craven, a disability rights advocate. In May of 2007, FHRC changed its name from the Fair Housing Council of Montgomery County to the Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennsylvania to more accurately reflect the geographic area reached.
FHRC works cooperatively and collectively with other fair housing agencies to provide innovative and effective services to the public for the prevention and elimination of housing discrimination throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. FHRC also provides its services as subrecipients of Montgomery County’s Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) to support the county’s commitment to furthering fair housing on a local level. Additionally, FHRC receives funds from Lower Merion Township, the Borough of Norristown, and HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP).