Fair Housing

Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

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Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) is a legal requirement that federal agencies and federal grantees (such as Adams County, Gettysburg Borough, and Littlestown Borough) further the purposes of the Fair Housing Act (Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968). In addition to combating discrimination, the Fair Housing Act requires these entities to overcome patterns of segregation and foster inclusive communities free from barriers that restrict access to opportunity based on protected characteristics, including race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin.

 
Title VI
Adams County, Gettysburg Borough, and Littlestown Borough comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all related statutes. This federal law protects individuals from discrimination in programs that receive federal financial assistance.
 
No person is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of its services, aid, training, and benefits or otherwise subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, or national origin in activities funded by Adams County, Gettysburg Borough or Littlestown Borough, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. Any person who believes that s/he has been unlawfully discriminated against in activities funded by Adams County, Gettysburg Borough, or Littlestown Borough may file a formal complaint within 180 days following the date of the alleged incident.
 
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects individuals from discrimination on the basis of their race, color, or national origin in programs that receive federal financial assistance. In certain situations, failure to ensure that persons who have limited English proficiency can effectively participate in, or benefit from, federally assisted programs may violate Title VI’s prohibition against discrimination on the basis of national origin.
 
Adams County, Gettysburg Borough, and Littlestown Borough are committed to serving persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP), which is defined as persons who, as a result of national origin, do not speak English as their primary language and who have limited ability to speak, read, write, or understand English. The County Language Access Plan outlines procedures for providing language assistance under Title VI in order to receive a particular service, benefit, or encounter.
 
For more information on Adams County, Gettysburg Borough, and Littlestown Borough’s Title VI Program, obligations, procedures, and/or to file a complaint, please contact Robert Thaeler, Fair Housing and Title VI Compliance Officer, at 717-337-9824, by fax at 717-334-0786, or by email at rthaeler@adamscounty.us.
 

 

 
 
Section 504 (Disability)
Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its implementing regulations (“Section 504”), no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Adams County, Gettysburg Borough, and Littlestown Borough do not discriminate in access to, participation in, or treatment, or employment in, its programs or activities. Grievance procedures have been established by the County for any person who believes that s/he has been discriminated against or denied equal opportunity or access to programs or services offered by Adams County, Gettysburg Borough, or Littlestown Borough.
 
Any person who believes s/he may have experienced such discrimination may file a complaint with Adams County, Gettysburg Borough, and Littlestown Borough’s Section 504 Officer, Robert Thaeler, at 717-337-9824, by fax at 717-334-0786, or by email at rthaeler@adamscounty.us.
 
 
Fair Housing
Housing discrimination related to race, color, sex, national origin, religion, familial status, or disability is prohibited by Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (“Federal Fair Housing Act”). The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act adds the additional protected classes of age and ancestry, as well as the use of guide or support animals because of the blindness, deafness or physical handicap of the user or because the user is a handler or trainer of support or guide animals. If you have experienced unlawful housing discrimination, please contact Adams County, Gettysburg Borough, and Littlestown Borough’s Fair Housing Officer, Robert Thaeler, at 717-337-9824, by fax at 717-334-0786, or by email at rthaeler@adamscounty.us.
 
Alternatively, you can also contact one of the resources below:

Harrisburg Regional Office
333 Market Street, 8th Floor
Harrisburg, PA  17101-2210
(717) 787-9780
TTY: (717) 787-7279
 
Or
 
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
FHEO-Regional III Office Mid-Atlantic Office
100 Penn Square East, 12th Floor
Philadelphia, PA  19107
(215) 861-7643
Fax: (215) 656-3449
TTY: (800) 927-9275