As a reminder, City offices are on recess the month of August. Our next Commission meeting will be Monday, September 11, 2017.
The City will hold a public hearing on Monday, July 24, 2017 on the FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan. All interested persons, groups, and organizations are encouraged to attend this public hearing and will be given the opportunity to present oral or written testimony concerning the proposed plan and use of Federal funds under the FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan. Follow the link to find out more: http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/dcp-hearing-notices.html
The Commission will be holding a public hearing, Religous & Ethnic Intimidation: Policies & Their Impacts, on Friday, June 30, 2017 from 9am to 6pm.
We will be holding a press conference on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 12pm on the portico of the City-County Building, 414 Grant Street.
This year, the Commission had an exhibit in the City-County Building lobby to spread the word on fair housing. Commissioner Gerhardt, member of the Housing Committee and Chair of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Task Force, spoke to the City's communications team regarding the Commission's role in furthering fair housing in the City of Pittsburgh. Check out the video here!
The Commission on Human Relations meets the first Monday of each month, unless otherwise noted. The full Commission meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. The Public Hearing Section convenes as necessary immediately after the full Commission meeting.
Anyone who lives, works, or visits Pittsburgh has a legal right to opportunity and access to housing, employment, and public accommodations. The Commission on Human Relations (PghCHR) investigates instances of discrimination and seeks resolutions for anyone who has experienced harm because of discrimination. We are more than just an agency that enforces laws. We work with communities, and public and private organizations, to proactively educate people about equal rights and opportunities.
The PghCHR has the power to enforce punitive legal action, but our Commissioners recognize that constructive resolutions, such as mandating trainings and policy changes, are more likely to lead to changes in behavior and changes in practice. We are dedicated to creating positive change and promoting equality, which stands out in our efforts to proactively work with communities, businesses, and organizations to prevent and recognize discrimination.