Regional Housing Legal Services was created in 1973 to address landlord/tenant issues in what was then known as Lacey Park, a 110-acre development with 1200 homes established for World War II defense workers in Bucks County. Under the leadership of Lorry Post, who had been Executive Director of the Bucks County Legal Aid Society, RHLS helped create a nonprofit housing coop within Lacey Park to address the slum conditions.
Since then, RHLS has continued to demonstrate a steadfast commitment to community control and neighborhood revitalization. In the past four decades, RHLS has acted as a leading force behind many key policy and systemic changes made in Pennsylvania on behalf of the disenfranchised, and has been involved in the development of thousands of units of affordable housing throughout the state.
Today, RHLS has offices in Glenside, just north of Philadelphia; Harrisburg; and Pittsburgh and provides direct representation to approximately 60 community-based organizations per year, works to shape housing and community-development policy across Pennsylvania, and offers programs to meet the needs of some of our state’s most vulnerable.