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Fair housing summit held in Allentown

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The Lehigh Valley Association of Realtors in conjunction with North Penn Legal Services held a Fair Housing Summit at the Holiday Inn in center city Allentown on Thursday.

The summit was geared towards instructing real estate agents, housing professionals, and community advocates and leaders on the fair housing laws and practices that do not violate these standards.

These laws are in place to ensure that all experience equal housing opportunities regardless of their race, creed, color, gender, or sexual orientation.

Locally, the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, reported in 2012, that some agents were breaking these laws and not practicing fair housing standards. For example, traditional white buyers were being steered away from downtown Allentown into the surrounding suburbs.

The summit was held to prevent such practices and provide all the professionals in the Lehigh Valley housing market, a guideline for handling fair housing issues in the real world.

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