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As we continue to advance our mission of eliminating housing discrimination throughout Oregon, we recognize the importance of working closely with the communities we serve across the state. We are expanding fair and equitable access to housing statewide with the addition of new staff on the ground in eastern, southern, and central Oregon and are working to partner with front-line organizations in every region. Our partners have created and launched projects that raise awareness about and protect fair housing rights while helping to increase access to housing for the most-impacted communities. Together, we are committed to better resourcing Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color along with all other underserved communities across Oregon.

Partner Support Projects Across Oregon
 
Building Safe Spaces for BIPOC, Queer, and Refugee Communities in Southern Oregon
 Nativewomanshare1
About the organization: Nativewomanshare is an Indigenous, Black and POC (people of color) landscape held by queer women and two-spirit for community healing, land healing, art, and culture. They offer a beautiful, welcoming space forNativewomanshare2 BIPOC, queer, and refugee/undocumented neighbors to find a safe space for temporary and long-term housing in the Rogue Valley.
 
Project outcomes:
o Restoration of community housing and preparation for wildfire season using traditional methods that create defensible space around their main structures.
o Transitional housing for local transgender and BIPOC community members.
o Fair housing informational materials provided to individuals receiving support.
 
 
Welcoming Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Salem
 
About the organization: Ariana House provides a welcoming home for refugee and asylum-seeking families along with the education, social connections, and the support needed to flourish in the Salem community.
 
Project outcomes:
o Repairs and renovations of bathroom facilities used by residents of Ariana House.
o Translations of fair housing materials into Somali, French, and Congolese Swahili and distribution to residents.
 
Lifting Up Tenant Stories and Voices in Jackson County
 
About the organization: SOEquity is a Black-led organization that works to create an equitable and accessible Southern Oregon through an antiracist lens. They provide equitable relief and rebuilding opportunities for wildfire survivors and have created and continue to monitor a bias reporting system that tracks incidents of bias, harassment & intimidation in the region.
 
Project outcomes:
o Statewide survey of tenants regarding rental availability and housing equity barriers Oregonians are facing.
o Recruitment of fair housing testers in southern Oregon to assist the FHCO enforcement team in conducting policy-based tests to identify trends in housing discrimination in rental housing applications statewide.
 
Bringing Fair Housing Resources to Community Members in Brookings
 
About the organization: Brookings CORE Response strengthens the Brookings community through outreach, education, and advocacy. They provide services such as resource navigation, culturally appropriate health education, informal counseling and support, and advocacy for individual and community needs through street outreach and home visiting.
 
Project outcomes:
o Facilitation of fair housing trainings for community members.
o Distribution of fair housing materials to clients and service providers.
o Identification of fair housing issues, including trends and instances of discrimination; support of individuals experiencing discrimination; and efforts to keep individuals in stable housing.
 
FamilyPromiseEnsuring Families Know Their Fair Housing Rights in Marion and Polk Counties
 
About the organization: Family Promise helps families experiencing housing instability achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. They work with local communities to address the root causes of family homelessness by providing prevention services for families before they reach crisis, shelter and case management when they become homeless, and stabilization programs to ensure families remain independent once they’ve secured housing.
 
Project outcomes: Creation of an educational video about fair housing rights to educate clients accessing Family Promise services.
 
Offering Support to Latinx Communities in Eastern Oregon
 
About the project: Reverend Tillie Makepeace, of Wesley United Methodist Church in Milton-Freewater, is ensuring Latinx community members impacted by COVID-19 remain in housing by assisting with utility bill payments and navigating resource and assistance programs.
 
Project outcomes: Translations of utility shut off notices into Spanish. Previously notices were only in English, in a community where 50% of the residents speak Spanish.
 
Convening Elected Leaders to Focus on Housing in Yamhill County
 
About the Project: Howie Harkema is a community advocate who works tirelessly to bring awareness to elected officials and key stakeholders in Yamhill County about the growing problem of unhoused individuals and families and the need for a unified community response to these issues.
 
Project outcomes: Monthly convenings of mayors in Yamhill County to focus on solutions to the housing crisis in the region.
 
Goals for Future Partner Support Projects
 
In the coming year, we will continue increasing our resources and investments in communities statewide. With your continued support, we are building vital partnerships in every region of the state to ensure equitable access to housing for some of the most vulnerable community members and to protect the fair housing rights for everyone who makes their home in Oregon.
 
As we expand our presence in communities across the state, we will focus on increasing access to housing discrimination enforcement resources in local communities. Throughout the state, we will partner with local, trusted organizations to reach communities that may under-report instances of housing discrimination for many reasons.
 
We continue to recognize the value of local resources and local partnerships in creating a presence that can best support the fair housing rights of all community members.
 
Together, with your ongoing support, we are working toward our vision of an Oregon where everyone is free to choose where they live with equal access to housing that is safe, stable, and free from discrimination.
 
We will continue to remove individual, systemic, and institutional barriers through our fair housing work with you and all our partners across the state. Thank you for supporting our work to promote justice, equity, and inclusion in housing.
 
With sincere gratitude,
 

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Allan Lazo, Executive Director
 
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