The Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO) is a nonprofit civil rights organization driven to eliminate illegal housing discrimination through enforcement and education across Oregon.

We promote equal access to housing by providing education, outreach, technical assistance, and enforcement opportunities specifically related to federal, state, and local fair housing laws. These laws protect against illegal housing discrimination based on “protected class status” in any housing transaction and, in fact, any housing situation.

Federally Protected Classes:
race, color, national origin, religion, gender, familial status, and disability

State Protected Classes Include:
marital status, source of income, sexual orientation including gender identity, honorably discharged veterans / military status (WA), and domestic violence victims.
There are, often, additional local protected classes (Click the "LEARN MORE" link at right).

Fair Housing Laws Apply To:

  • individual homes, duplexes, multifamily housing (apartments, condos, and townhomes), retirement housing, adult foster homes and longterm care facilities, homeless shelters and other nonprofit housing, etc.
  • sales, rentals, mortgage lending, building and construction, home insurance, appraisals, and inspections, land use regulations, zoning, as well as neighbor-on-neighbor harassment

Click the links above to learn about each protected class or use the "LEARN MORE" link above to learn about the work we do and see a matrix of protected class by jurisdiction.


If You Suspect Illegal
Housing Discrimination...

Contact Our Free Fair Housing Hotline
800/424-3247 x2

Housing Providers with Questions: x5

Fair Housing & Mortgage Lending:

Ending Predatory Lending & Mortgage Discrimination

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing:

Ending Segregation & Promoting Integration


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Fair Housing Classes/Events


Our current class list is posted online. Take a look at the range of range of topics you might want to have covered at your staff meeting, trade association or membership meeting, etc.

Read up on our popular
Fair Housing Jeopardy Game

Learn about our ground breaking Historic Tours of Discrimination -- 'highly recommended as a team building or community activity!

Historic Bus Tours








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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