In the 1980’s, organizers in cities across the United States established Fair Housing groups to address systemic housing discrimination. Pittsburgh, PA was no exception. Donna C., a fair housing activist at the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, realized while attending a conference that the city of Philadelphia had two Fair Housing agencies while the city of Pittsburgh had none. She decided to change that. She worked with organizers from the Philadelphia, PA area fair housing groups to craft a proposal. In 1984, the Community Housing Resource Board (CHRB) was created and engaged in fair housing efforts throughout the Pittsburgh, PA area. In 1993, the CHRB, reorganized by pivoting its organizational focus from education to enforcement because direct action was needed to address housing discrimination. As a result, on January 8, 1993 the CHRB changed its name to the Fair Housing Partnership (FHP).
FHP became and continues to be the leading force for fair housing in western Pennsylvania having assisted thousands of people to gain access to housing free from discrimination. While FHP has made great strides to end housing discrimination in western Pennsylvania, we recognize that there is still much work to do.