Our heartfelt thanks to these Fair Housing supporters, who helped support our activities this year!

--Bittner and Hahs, PC
--City of Beaverton
--CASA of Oregon
--Garvey, Schubert, Barer
--Home Forward
--Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County (HACSA)
--Kell, Alterman and Runstein, LLP
--Kerr Properties
--Multnomah County
--The Oregonian
--Passadore Properties
--Princeton Property Management
--Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS)
--Riverview Bank
--Washington County

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April is Fair Housing Month, commemorating the anniversary of President Johnson signing the Fair Housing Act into law on April 11th, 1968

Forty-seven years later we have come a long way toward eradicating housing discrimination. We now have laws on the books prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, familial status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, source of income and history of domestic violence. Unfortunately, while we now have laws to protect us, more subtle forms of discrimination persist and FHCO received more than 3,000 calls annually on our discrimination hotline.

During Fair Housing Month we work to raise awareness of fair housing rights and responsibilities throughout the state. This year we will be:

  • Showing of our educational display, Anywhere but Here: The History of Housing Discrimination in Oregon in areas around the state. 
  • Collaborating with the Mexican Consulate in Portland to reach hundreds of Mexican immigrants with bi-lingual workshops and one-on-one assistance for a full week in mid-April.
  • Creating a new fair housing video that will feature community leaders sharing their unique perspectives of the meaning of fair housing today. The video will be shown on an ongoing basis at educational presentations statewide and will be on our vimeo channel as well.
  • Offering trainings for landlords and Realtors ® in the Willamette Valley and Southern Oregon.
  • Conducting a number of our popular bus tours, Fasten Your Seat Belts: It’s Been a Bumpy Ride, covering the history of discrimination, segregation and displacement in Oregon and current challenges today.
  • Holding the 17th annual Fair Housing Poster Contest, involving hundreds of children from throughout Oregon in creating artwork that celebrates diverse communities. Copies of the grand prize winning poster will be displayed throughout the state at schools, agencies, governmental offices, apartment complexes and many other locations.