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Information for Housing Consumers

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Information for Housing Consumers

At the Fair Housing Council (FHCO), we want to be sure you're aware of your rights and responsibilities under federal, state, and local fair housing laws.

To that end, we have collected an number of fair housing resources, as well as other housing-related resources, for you here on this page. Don't forget to visit our FAQ page, our Links page, and utilize the site's Search field located in the top right corner of the screen to find precisely the information you're looking for.

Please spend some time and bookmark this page to return to it as needed. If you have fair houisng questions, please contact us at 503/223-8197 Ext. 2 (Portland metro area) or 800/424-3247 Ext. 2 or information@FHCO.org.

In addition, you may view a brief overview of Fair Housing for Renters by clicking here.

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Buying an Accessible Home

Fair Housing and Integrated Communities

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Fair Housing Resources for Housing Consumers:

Following are a few quick resource links for you. For yet more information, scroll down through this page designed just for housing consumers like you.

Important Information For
renters, buyers, loan applicants, etc.

Important Information For
and all housing consumers
(print version)

FHCO's Links
FHCO's Mission
FHCO's Breaking News
Local Protected Classes in Oregon
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Local Protected Classes in Washington
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FHCO's Events /Classes
FHCO's Videos

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Fair Housing Resources for Housing Consumers:

The History of Civil Rights in Housing

What Do I Do If I Believe I Have Been a Victim of Illegal Housing Discrimination?
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Finding an Accessible Homes for Sale

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Other Housing Resources:

FHCO's Preparing to Rent page

FHCO's Home Buying page

FHCO's Financial Literacy page

FHCO's Collected Information on Foreclosure Prevention (scroll down to #5)

FHCO's Collected Information on Predatory Lending (scroll down to #4)

FHCO's Homeownership Resources page

Search for a Home Free

Lead Hazards in Housing

"Smokefree Housing"

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What Do I Do If I Believe I Have Been a Victim of Illegal Housing Discrimination?

We encourage individuals who believe that they have been victims of illegal housing discrimination to contact us immediately at 800/424-3247 Ext. 2 or information@FHCO.org. You may wish to view our Enforcement Flow Chart at www.FHCO.org/pdfs/EnfFlowChart.pdf.

Our Hotline staff will listen to your situation and determine how best to assist. FHCO staff will discuss your options, including filing a complaint with the appropriate government agency or bringing a lawsuit in federal or state court. Obtaining your own legal counsel is most often advisable in these situations.

Sometimes your concern may not involve an allegation of housing discrimination--for example, it might be a landlord / tenant law issue--in which case, we will refer you to other appropriate services and organizations. (Look for information about Oregon and Washington's Landlord / Tenant Laws on our Links page at www.FHCO.org/links.htm.)

For additional information please contact our Fair Housing Hotline.

What Can I Do to Help My Case?

Gather as much information as you can to give to FHCO staff when you call the Fair Housing Hotline at 800/424-3247 Ext. 2. Write down the details of what happened, including dates, times, who was involved, as well as the names of possible witnesses. Keep an ongoing log of events. Save any written materials that relate to your case.


You have one year to file a complaint with the government, and two years to file a lawsuit in federal or state court.

What about Retaliation?

It is illegal for a housing provider to retaliate against a housing consumer for inquiring about his / her fair housing rights, filing a discrimination complaint, or otherwise taking steps to legally protect his / her civil rights in housing.

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"Thank You"

The FHCO would like to thank our partners and members for their support.
Their contributions and grants have helped to make the resources on this site possible.
Please join them in supporting our efforts!

If you have a fair housing question, or to report a fair housing complaint, please call 503/223-8197 Ext. 2 or 800/424-3247 Ext. 2 (TTY and translation available). Alternatively, you may call HUD at 800/877-0246.

Office Location:

1221 SW Yamhill Avenue #305, Portland, Oregon 97205
information@FHCO.org .| .503/223-8197 .| .Hotline 800/424-3247 Ext. 2

The work that provided the basis for this publication was supported by funding under a grant with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The substance and findings of the work are dedicated to the public. The author and the publisher are solely responsible for the accuracy of the statements and interpretations contained in this publication. Such interpretations do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Government.

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