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Fair Housing Book Reading Initiative

Through a grant provided by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Affairs (HUD), the PHRC has provided book readings of the “The Fair Housing Five and the Haunted House” to almost 1,000 children in Pennsylvania! These readings take place at libraries, elementary schools, day care programs and other community organizations to help promote a better understanding about housing discrimination. The program initiative was launched in late spring or 2016.

The story is about a girl named Samaria and her mother who are in search of a new place to live.  During their search they experience housing discrimination. Samaria and her school friends work together to provide the local Fair Housing Center with incidents of housing discrimination including those experienced by Samaria and her mother.

As part of the reading, a discussion is held with the children about housing discrimination and they are encouraged to talk with their parents or guardian on the issue. Feedback postcards are handed out to determine the children’s comprehension of the discussion and the extent to which the children are sharing the housing information with others.

If you would like to know if Samaria and her mother found a place to live and want to have a book reading session for your organization or school, email fairhousing@pa.gov.