Monroe County Advisory Council (also Serves Pike County)
The Monroe County Advisory
Council is able to provide information about Pennsylvania civil rights
laws in employment, housing/commercial property, education and services/places
open to the public. The council also monitors bias-related incidents
that cause tension within Monroe and Pike counties.
The Advisory Council is affiliated with the following:
Equal access to opportunities
and services such as employment and housing can be a challange. The
rapid growth and changing demographics of the Pocono Region has further
exasperated these challenges. The civil rights enforcement agency in
the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is the Pennsylvania Human Relations
Commission (PHRC). Their mission is to administer and enforce the PA
Human Relations Act and PA Fair Educational Opportunities Act, which
strive to eliminate discrimination and provide equal opportunity for
The PHRC formed the Monroe County Advisory Council in October 2006 to
better serve the Pocono Region and assist them in ascertaining and
improving opportunities in employment, housing, public accommodations
and education. The Monroe County Advisory Council consists of members
throughout Monroe and Pike Counties. Both counties share a common
border, school district and various social services and therefore face
many of the same issues. The Advisory Council serves as the eyes and
ears in the Pocono region for the Pennsylvania Human Relations
Commission to help improve compliance with the PA Human Relations Act.
If you feel that you have been the victim of discrimination and want to
file a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission,
contact their regional office in which the incident occurred.
For Monroe, Pike and surrounding counties, contact the
PHRC at the
Riverfront Office Center, 1101-1125 S. Front Street, 5th Floor,
Harrisburg, PA 17104-2515, Voice: (717) 787-9784 / Text Telephone
(TT/TTY): (717) 787-7279. Visit the PA
Human Relations Commission website for more information.
Meetings of the Advisory Council are a forum to learn more about your
rights under the PA Human Relations Act and to address diversity issues
in the community. All are welcome to attend our meetings and the
meeting schedule is posted below.
Use the forms on the PHRC website to file an official complaint of discrimination with the PHRC: