The Fair Housing Rights Center was originally organized in 1990 to address the problem of housing discrimination in Montgomery County.
The Center was founded by Dr. Mari K. Fielder, a
professor and mother who realized the need for fair housing advocacy for
women with children, and Marlene Craven, a disability rights advocate.
In May of 2007, the Center changed it name from the Fair Housing Council of Montgomery County to the Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennsylvania to more accurately reflect the geographic area reached.
The Center works cooperatively with other fair housing
agencies to work collectively to provide innovative and effective
services to the public for the prevention and elimination
of housing discrimination throughout the Greater Philadelphia
region. The Center also provides its services as sub-recipients of
Montgomery County's Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)
to support the county's commitment to furthering fair housing on a
local level. Additionally, the Center receives funds from Lower
Merion Township, the Borough of Norristown, and HUD's Fair Housing
Initiatives Program (FHIP).