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Local Leaders Luncheon: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing in Your Communities

April 14, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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If you are a mayor, councilmember, or other local official, please join us at the Broadway Commons in Salem to discuss Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) and ways cities and towns can support the Fair Housing Council in our goal to end housing discrimination across the state. This luncheon is a great way to learn more about the challenges and opportunities of Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) in your communities and network with other community leaders on jurisdictional efforts to end housing discrimination. FHCO will be joined by representatives from the Department of Land Conservation and Development to share information on funding opportunities, program requirements, and other details of AFFH. If you are interested in attending, please email Mel Keller at The luncheon features a presentation on fair housing.

Topics will include:

  • Fair housing basics
  • A brief history of discrimination in zoning and land use
  • Goal 10 and fair housing
  • Strategies to promote inclusive communities



About the presenter: 


Mel Keller (she/her/hers)

South & Mid-Willamette Valley Education & Outreach Specialist

Mel holds two masters’ degrees, one from the London School of Economics in Comparative Politics and one from the University of Oregon in Political Science. She studied how racial discrimination impacted the creation of the American welfare state, as well as how veterans are treated in different countries and how they fit in with social services. Aside from her academic work, she has a background in nonprofit work and union organizing, both of which give her a great perspective to bring to FHCO!

Mel has always been passionate about addressing inequality in the United States and working for FHCO allows her to share this passion with the public, educating folks on how they can address and combat institutional inequalities that exist in the United States. She firmly believes that education and knowledge are the best tools to create change.




April 14, 2023
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Broadway Commons
1300 Broadway Street NE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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