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Fair Housing - It's the Law

All households deserve fair and equal access to housing.

“Fair housing” is the name for the  federal, state and local civil rights laws  that protect all of us from discrimination in housing transactions based on our race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, physical or mental disability, the presence of children under age 18 (familial status), marital status, sexual orientation, source of income or domestic partnership status.  In the State of Oregon laws also protect against housing discrimination based on sexual orientation.

What is prohibited?

Housing discrimination can occur in a variety of ways. Listed below are just some housing practices that are considered illegal if they are based on a home seeker’s race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, source of income, familial status, disability, domestic partnership status, or sexual orientation.

 

  • Refusing to rent or sell a house.
  • Falsely denying that a house is available for inspection, sale, or rent.
  • Offering differing terms, conditions, or privileges for certain people.
  • Advertising or posting notices about the sale or rental of a dwelling where the ad or notice indicates preference, limitation, or discrimination.
  • Intimidating, interfering with, or coercing a person to prevent him or her from buying, leasing, or remaining within a dwelling.
  • Discriminating against someone through financing or broker’s services.
  • “Steering” of clients by real estate agents to or from certain neighborhoods.
  • “Steering” of tenants by landlords to or from certain areas of the complex.

 

Housing Discrimination? 

All households deserve fair and equal access to housing. If you have faced discrimination that limited your access to housing based on any of the listed ‘classes’ above  contact the

 

Fair Housing Council of Oregon. 

 

Program staff at the Fair Housing Council of Oregon receive and screen complaints of housing discrimination over a state-wide, toll-free hot line and whenever possible test allegations of fair housing violations. You have one year after an alleged violation to file a complaint, but you should file it as soon as possible.

 

To report a fair housing complaint please call:
(503) 223-8197 or 1-800-424-3247 (TTY) (Se habla español) or HUD 1-800-877-0246

Training Video Archive:  Oregon Fair Housing Council Training

                                                     May 23, 2007 (1.5 hours) 
                                        Filmed in Ashland before a live audience by RVTV

 

Analysis of Impediments available for review

The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) is required by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for all state and local governments that receive funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development funds.  As a requirement of participation in these federal programs, entitlement grantees must submit a certification stating that they affirmatively further fair housing, and that their grant will be conducted and administered in compliance with Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, also referred to as the Fair Housing Act.  The AI is part of the City's ongoing commitment to furthering fair housing.  To view a draft of the AI please click on the link below. A hard copy of the draft document is available at the Community Development & Engineering Services Building located at 51 Winburn Way, Ashland, OR 97520. 

 Files/Ashland_AI_Draft.pdf

 

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