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The Fair Housing Act Resources and Regulatory Agencies
National Fair Housing Resources
Resources Related to Disability as a Protected Class
Fair Lending and Lending Discrimination Information
Domestic Violence and Fair Housing
Resources Related to Race, Color, and National Origin as Protected Classes
Rental and Landlord / Tenant Matters
Home Buying Resources
Other Helpful Resources
--Fair Housing and Natural or Man-Made Disasters
--Financial Literacy and Resources
--Other Resources for Renters, Buyers, and Agencies
--Other Resources for Landlords, Property Managers, Owners, and Their Agents

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The Fair Housing Act Resources and Regulatory Agencies:

The Fair Housing Act
http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/hce/title8.php

Oregon Fair Housing Laws (ORS Chapter 659A)
http://www.leg.state.or.us/ors/659a.html

Oregon's Domestic Violence Victim Protection (ORS 90.449)
http://www.leg.state.or.us/ors/090.html

Washington Fair Housing Laws (RCW Title 49, Chapter 60)
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=49.60

Washington Domestic Violence Victim Protection (RCW Title 59, Chapter 18, Section 570, 575, 580, and 900)
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=59.18

HUD Complaint Form
http://www.hud.gov/complaints/housediscrim.cfm

Fair Housing Education and Enforcement Organizations:

Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries (OR)
http://www.boli.state.or.us
The Bureau's mission is to protect access to housing and public accommodations free from discrimination.

Fair Housing Center of Washington (WA)
http://www.fhcwashington.org
The Center's jurisdiction includes Western and Central Washington state. The Center is a nonprofit dedicated to ending illegal discrimination through the provision of fair housing education, outreach, and enforcement services.

Northwest Fair Housing Alliance
http://www.nwfairhouse.org
The Alliance's jurisdiction is the state of Washington. It's mission is to eliminate housing discrimination and to ensure equal housing opportunity for the people of Washington State through education, counseling and advocacy.

Washington State Human Rights Commission (WA)
http://www.hum.wa.gov
Washington's Human Rights Commission's jurisdiction includes all of Washington state. The Commission works to prevent and eliminate discrimination by investigating civil rights complaints and providing education and training opportunities throughout the state.

King County Office of Civil Rights (WA)
http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec/civilrights.aspx
The Office of Civil Rights' jurisdiction is unincorporated King County, Washington. The Office's mission is to eliminate unlawful discrimination through education, mediation, and enforcement.

Seattle Office of Civil Rights (WA)
http://www.seattle.gov/civilrights
The Office of Civil Rights' jurisdiction is the City of Seattle, Washington. The Office envisions a city where all people enjoy equal rights, equal opportunity and freedom from illegal discrimination. SOCR promotes racial and social justice for everyone in Seattle through education, policy work, and enforcement of civil rights laws.

Tacoma Human Rights & Human Services Dept. (WA)
http://www.cityoftacoma.org/humanrights
The Dept's. jurisdiction is the City of Tacoma, Washington. The Dept. coordinates public and private resources, facilitating and delivering community-wide solutions. They protect the rights and improve the safety and well-being of all residents.

Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO)
-Official Site
-FHEO on Wikipedia
HUD's FHEO administers and enforces federal laws and establishes policies that make sure all Americans have equal access to the housing of their choice.

Department of Justice / Civil Rights Division
http://www.usdoj.gov/crt
The Division prosecutes violations of criminal civil rights statutes and enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, and national origin.

US Commission on Civil Rights
http://www.usccr.gov
The Commission serves as a national clearinghouse for information in respect to discrimination or denial of equal protection of the laws because of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin.

Other Fair Housing Resources:

Statewide Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (OR)
http://www.ohcs.oregon.gov/OHCS/CRD/docs/
CurrentAnalysisofImpedimentsToFairHousingChoice.pdf

Northwest Justice Project (WA)
http://www.nwjustice.org

Southern Oregon Fair Housing Project
http://www.idealist.org/if/i/en/av/Org/2702-98

Additional Organizations That May Be Able to Help with Fair Housing Issues:

Legal Aid Services of Oregon
http://www.oregonlawhelp.org

Legal Aid Services of Washington (WA)
http://www.washingtonlawhelp.org

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National Fair Housing Resources:

National Fair Housing Advocate
http://www.fairhousing.com

FairHousingLaw.org: Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
http://fairhousinglaw.org

"Operation Home Sweet Home"
http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/housing/fairhousing

Equal Housing Opportunity Council of Metropolitan St. Louis
http://www.ehocstl.org

Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Richmond,VA
http://www.phonehome.org

Toledo Fair Housing Center
http://www.toledofhc.org

The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center
http://www.jmls.edu/fairhousingcenter

HUD's Client Information and Policy System (HUDCLIPS)
http://www.hud.gov/offices/adm/hudclips/index.cfm

Fair Housing for All Created by Fair Housing Attorneys
http://www.fairhousingforall.org

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Resources Related to Disability as a Protected Class:

FHCO's Design & Construction page
http://www.FHCO.org/dc.htm

FHCO's Disability as a Protected Class page
http://www.FHCO.org/disability.htm

FHCO's Accessibility Guidelines page for Multi-family Housing
http://www.FHCO.org/access_guidelines.htm

FHCO's Reasonable Accommodation / Modification Information Handout
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FHCO's Reasonable Accommodation Guide:
A Guide for Perplexed Medical or Therapeutic Professionals
http://www.FHCO.org/pdfs/RAguide.pdf

FHCO's Sample Verification Letter for a Reasonable Accommodation / Modification Request
(RM / RA Verification Form)
http://www.FHCO.org/pdfs/SampleVerificationWithForm.pdf

FHCO's Service Animals in Housing page
http://www.FHCO.org/serviceanimals.htm

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
http://www.bazelon.org

Disabled Rights Action Committee
http://www.disabledrightsaction.org/

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
http://www.aapd.com
AAPD the country's largest cross-disability membership organization, organizes the disability community to be a powerful voice for change – politically, economically, and socially -- to be a national voice for change in implementing the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Unlimited Choices
http://www.unlimitedchoices.org/main.htm

Independent Living Resources
http://www.ilr.org

Disability Compass
http://www.disabilitycompass.org

Elders in Action
http://www.eldersaction.org

Fair Housing First - Design and Construction Requirements
http://www.fairhousingfirst.org

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Fair Lending and Lending Discrimination Information:

Please visit www.FHCO.org/hm_buying.htm for information on predatory lending and avoiding foreclosure, along with other home buying information, resources, and tips.

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Domestic Violence and Fair Housing:

Survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking have protections under the Washington Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RCW 59.18) and Oregon's Revised Statutes (ORS Volume 14, Chapter 659A). These state laws effectively created another protected class in both states.

Learn more at www.FHCO.org/dv.htm

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Resources Related to Race, Color, and National Origin as Protected Classes:

National Origin as a Color page
http://www.FHCO.org/color.htm

National Origin as a Protected Class page
http://www.FHCO.org/national_origin.htm

FHCO's Suggested Alternative Documentation Handout
www.FHCO.org/pdfs/SuggestedAltDocs.pdf

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization
http://www.irco.org

Response to Concerns about Housing Security Following September 11, 2001 (HUD)
www.FHCO.org/pdfs/Sept11Concerns.pdf

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Issues Guidance for Approved Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self-Petitioners
http://www.FHCO.org/pdfs/VAWAFactSheet042208.pdf

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Rental and Landlord / Tenant Matters:

Landlord / Tenant Law Presentation for Renters
http://www.FHCO.org/videos/Landlord_Tenant_Law.html

FHCO's Preparing to Rent page
http://www.FHCO.org/prep_to_rent.htm

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) Residential Landlord and Tenant Act Chapter 90
http://www.leg.state.or.us/ors/090.html

Washington Title 59 RCW Landlord and Tenant Law (WA)
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=59.18

Oregon's Manufactured Dwelling and Floating Home Spaces
http://www.leg.state.or.us/ors/090.html

Washington's Manufactured / Mobile Home Landlord Tenant Act (MHLTA), RCW 59.20 (WA)
http://www.atg.wa.gov/MobileHomeLT/Act.aspx

Organizations That May Be Able to Help with Landlord / Tenant Issues:

Legal Aid Services of Oregon
http://www.oregonlawhelp.org

Legal Aid Services of Washington (WA)
http://www.washingtonlawhelp.org

Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT)
http://www.oregoncat.org

Monmouth Independence Tenants Union (MITU)
http://mitenantsunion.weebly.com

Washington State Tenants Union (WA)
http://www.tenantsunion.org

Tenants Union of Washington State
http://tenantsunion.org

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Home Buying Resources:

FHCO's Home Buying page
http://www.FHCO.org/hm_buying.htm

FHCO's Homeownership Resources page
http://www.fhco.org/ownership.htm

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Other Helpful Resources:

Fair Housing and Natural or Man-Made Disasters:

--HUD's Disaster Toolkit
www.FHCO.org/pdfs/HUDDisasterToolkit.pdf
--FEMA's Reference Guide: Accommodating Individuals With Disabilities In The Provision Of Disaster Mass Care, Housing, And Human Services
www.fema.gov/oer/reference

Financial Literacy and Resources:

FHCO's Credit & Financial Literacy page
http://www.FHCO.org/finc_literacy.htm

Information on Fraud Protection and Your Financial Well Being
http://www.cbs.state.or.us/dfcs/consumerprogram.html#consprotect

 

Other Resources for Renters, Buyers, and Agencies:

HousingConnections.org
http://www.HousingConnections.org

211info
http://www.211info.org

The Beehive
http://www.thebeehive.org

Cascade AIDS Project's Housing Services
http://cascadeaids.org/support-services

Central City Concern
http://www.centralcityconcern.org

The City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services' Neighborhood Inspections Program
http://www.portlandonline.com/bds/index.cfm?c=28397

Columbia Non-Profit Housing
http://www.columbianonprofithousing.org

Community Housing Resource Center
http://www.homecen.org

Elders in Action
http://www.eldersaction.org

Human Solutions
http://www.humansolutions.org

Northwest Pilot Project
http://www.nwpilotproject.org

Oregon Helps!
http://www.oregonhelps.org

Oxford House
http://www.oxfordhouse.org

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's Shared Housing Program
http://www.emoregon.org/shared_housing.php

Transition Projects
http://www.tprojects.org

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue's Apartment Fire Prevention Program
http://www.tvfr.com/safetytips/fire/apt/index.aspx

Affordable Community Environments
http://acecommunities.org

SmokefreeHousingNW
http://smokefreehousingnw.org

SmokefreeOregon's Housing Section
http://www.smokefreeoregon.com/smokefree-places/housing

A Landlord's Guide to No-Smoking Policies
http://smokefreehousingnw.org/landlords/how-to_guide.php

Oregon LeadLine
http://www.co.multnomah.or.us/health/lead/leadline.html

National Low Income Housing Coalition
http://www.nlihc.org

 

Other Resources for Landlords, Property Managers, Owners, and Their Agents:

FHCO's Page for Housing Providers
http://www.FHCO.org/hs_provider_info.htm

Landlord Trade Associations and Other Groups in Oregon and SW Washington
www.FHCO.org/hs_prov_groups.htm

Multifamily Assistance Program (MAP)
http://www.portlandonline.com/osd/index.cfm?c=41818&

Bureau of Development Services' Neighborhood Inspections Program
http://www.portlandonline.com/bds/index.cfm?c=28397&a=25079

Bureau of Development Services' Landlord Training
http://www.portlandonline.com/bds/index.cfm?c=31887

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