Did you know our discrimination hotline receives around 2,000 calls a year? Through our hotline, we help individuals and families who may be experiencing illegal housing discrimination.Housing discrimination is when someone is treated differently because of their race, national origin, sex, disability or other protected class. Discrimination may look like: A mixed-race couple lied to about a vacancy A young single…
Did you know that we provide education to landlords seeking to better understand fair housing law? We educate landlords about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act, as well as help them navigate the changing housing landscape. The story below highlights how we helped one landlord stay compliant with fair housing laws, leading to better outcomes for both…
Louise (left) at a community outreach fair How did you first become involved in fair housing? First, a little bit about my work history‚Ķ  I have been fortunate to have had a rich and varied career history over the past 40 plus years and my time at the Fair Housing Council is the whipped cream on top.  I worked in…
Diane Hess, who developed the historic bus tour in 2008 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, retired at the end of September. She joined FHCO in 2001 as the Education & Outreach Director and served in that position until 2018 when she transitioned to a part-time Education & Outreach Specialist. Diane shares how she created the tour…
Some people think of housing discrimination as something that occurred in the distant past. Housing discrimination was indeed more blatant in the past, but it is still a problem today. In 1919, the Portland Realty Board added to its code of ethics a provision prohibiting members from selling property in white neighborhoods to people of color. In 1924, the National…
Diane prepping for a Fair Housing Training at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds How did you first become involved in fair housing? Before I joined the staff at FHCO, I had a history of working for social justice-as a human services planner, director of a shelter; grant writer, political campaign organizer and public policy advocate (proud that I worked to raise…
Rashonda Jones, Intake Specialist Growing up in a world where not everyone sees you as equal, Rashonda Jones is no stranger to the civil rights movement. Hearing stories from her grandmother of unjust acts against minorities since the beginning of time Rashonda knew something had to be done. At a young age Rashonda witnessed discrimination within her school and several…
If you've been on our bus tour, you know that urban renewal in Portland contributed to the destruction of predominately Black neighborhoods. The Albina neighborhood in particular saw a series of urban renewal projects that depleted the housing in the predominately Black neighborhood. Beginning in 1956, Albina saw a series of three massive construction projects that destroyed homes and displaced hundreds…
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