Bullock to host Policy Committee hearing on Fair Chance Housing Wednesday in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, July 18 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on her Fair Chance Housing legislation, which would prohibit landlords from asking certain questions about a tenant’s criminal background, at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building cafe (corner of Fairmount and Pennsylvania avenues).

Requested by Bullock, the hearing will be co-chaired by House Democratic Policy Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Bullock said that her legislation would model a recent policy change within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that disregards criminal records as a condition for housing approval.

The hearing agenda is as follows:


      3 p.m.      Welcome and opening remarks


      3:10 p.m.      Panel One:

  • Phyllis Chamberlain, executive director, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania

  • Angela McIver, CEO, Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennsylvania


      3:40 p.m.      Panel Two:

  • Rasheedah Phillips, managing attorney, Community Legal Services

  • Patricia McGlone, social worker/community education coordinator, Community Legal Services


4:10 p.m.      Dina Schlossberg, deputy director/senior attorney for multi-family housing, Regional Housing Legal Services


      4:30 p.m.      Closing remarks