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Equal Access to Housing
Everyone deserves equal access to housing and to be free from discrimination in housing transactions such as renting, buying a home, securing a mortgage or insurance. Denying an individual or group the right to purchase a home, secure a home loan or homeowners insurance, buy or rent housing based on their protected status is illegal under federal, state and local fair housing laws and ordinances.
Federal law protects against illegal housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, familial status and disability.
Oregon law forbids these kinds of discrimination and in addition, forbids discrimination based on your marital status, sexual orientation, the source of your income, the fact that you are a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, or the fact that you have won an eviction case brought by a former landlord.
Some federally funded projects come with additional protections. To be in compliance with federal tax credits used to fund housing, residential rental units must be for use by the general public and all of the units in a project must be used on a non-transient basis. In addition, the owner must not evict, refuse renewal of the lease for, or otherwise terminate the tenancy of, an existing tenant of any low-income unit for other than good cause.
If you think that you have been discriminated against when seeking housing, or a related transaction, contact the Fair Housing Council of Oregon at 1-800-424-3247 x2, Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries at 971-673-0824, or Housing and Urban Development at 1-800-669-9777.
If you are an owner or operator of affordable housing and you have questions about complying with the civil rights or housing protections, you can contact the agencies mentioned above, or OHCS at Shoshanah Oppenheim at 503-400-2787.
The following resources are available:
Fair Housing Reports and ProjectsEvery five years OHCS, in partnership with Business Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority, develops a report that considers the impediments to fair housing choice. The 2016-2020 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice report is now available below for review.
If you have questions, comments or concerns, please contact:
Shoshanah OppenheimFederal Planning and Policy Manager503-400-2787
Owners of HUD-subsidized multifamily housing must display the Fair Housing Logo and Poster, and is required by the Fair Housing Act and HUD regulations at 24 CFR, part 110.
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