Since 1973 "The Council" has sought to eliminate discrimination in housing, whether in the rental or sale of property, by economic discrimination, or the practices of financial institutions. In 1980 our Council was the second community organization in the country to file and win a Community Reinvestment Act case against a member bank regulated by the FDIC. The Council assisted in the creation of the Harrisburg Human Relations Commission (1973), The Neighborhood Dispute Settlement of Dauphin County (1979), and The Greater Harrisburg Community Housing Resource Board (1977). We also played a major role in negotiating special lending programs for low and moderate income persons with local lending institutions. These programs have resulted in home improvement and mortgage loans at below market interest rates.
Over the decades we have expanded our services to include extensive housing counseling, help line information for landlord and tenant issues, homeownership workshops, and seminars and training related to housing, including discrimination complaints. In 1993 the Harrisburg Fair Housing Council became certified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a Housing Counseling Agency and in 1994 our Homeowner Pre-purchase workshops were certified by the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, known as Freddie Mac. To date, the number of individuals graduating from our monthly First Time Homebuyers Education workshops has exceeded 13,500.
In 2001, The Harrisburg Fair Housing Council, Inc. Board of Directors changed the organization's name to reflect the areas we serve and we began doing business as The Fair Housing Council of the Capital Region, Inc. The Council looks forward to many more decades of service to the residents of Central Pennsylvania.