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In 2022, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown created the Interagency Task Force on Agricultural Labor Housing to establish a coordinated approach to changes of agricultural workers and their families who reside in employer-provided housing. The task force focused on three key areas: coordinating compliance, capital improvements, and infrastructure and statewide issues. The task force made its
initial recommendations to Gov. Brown in November 2022.
After the report was submitted to the Governor’s Office, the task force no longer existed in the same format as originally designed. It has shifted to the
Oregon Housing and Community Services Agricultural Workforce Facilitation Team, which meets monthly “to provide an ongoing discussion forum for state and local government agencies that are involved with agriculture workforce housing” under ORS 456.585.
State agencies are responsible for compliance with several state statutes that affect the health and safety of Oregon workers and their families. These enforcement efforts sometimes overlap. There are also areas where an agency’s jurisdiction is not clear.
The task force was a forum for clarifying agency regulatory responsibility and gaps and providing for more coordinated enforcement efforts. The task force made initial recommendations to the governor in November 2022.
Improving the conditions in employer-provided housing for agricultural workers and their families will require major capital investments in the areas of structural upgrade, water, and sanitation to name a few. The cost improvements may be beyond the abilities of the private sector to finance. The task force provided a forum to develop a potential policy package for the 2023 legislative session to fund major capital improvements.
There are significant infrastructure issues that must be addressed in order to move ahead with improving conditions for agricultural workers and their families.
The task force identified existing barriers to improving conditions and sought regulatory or legislative solutions to overcome these barriers. Some examples include local zoning regulations, electrical infrastructure, ground water resources, and water rights.
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Fair Housing Enforcement in the BOLI Civil Rights Division encourages compliance with the fair housing law through outreach and education to the following people:
BOLI will have a dedicated technical area expert to help housing providers understand and comply with fair housing laws and regulations. BOLI has jurisdiction to investigate alleged housing discrimination and enforce compliance. Two investigators focus on farmworker housing.
If you have possibly experienced discrimination in housing based upon race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, familial status, source of income or disability, you can file a complaint.
Fair Housing Enforcement Manager Civil Rights Division Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries 800 NE Oregon St. Portland, OR 97232
971-353-7162 (direct call/fax) 503-432-5781 (text only)firstname.lastname@example.org
The division is responsible for codes that govern all new construction, including agricultural labor housing. The Building Codes Division has standards on permitting, fees, and rehabilitation standards. These standards are located in
Oregon Administrative Rule 918-450-0005.
BCD does not have a complaint process unique to agricultural labor housing. BCD does enforce trade licensing requirements, primarily for electricians and plumbers, throughout the state.
File a complaint online or by email to
General contact information 503-378-4133 email@example.com/bcd
1535 Edgewater St. NW Salem, OR 97304
Ombuds Office for Oregon Workers is the state office that serves as an independent advocate for workers. The Ombuds program provides assistance to workers, helping them understand their rights, protections, and responsibilities related to safety in the workplace and the workers' compensation system.
Workers can contact the Ombuds team any time by phone or email. In-person meetings available by appointment.
Ombuds Office for Oregon WorkersPhone: 800-927-1271 (toll-free) or firstname.lastname@example.org/DCBS/OOW
Oregon OSHA, which has jurisdiction over most employers in Oregon, provides safety and health protections to most workers in the state. Additionally, Oregon OSHA has jurisdiction over employer-provided housing when the housing is provided as a condition of employment. This housing must meet Oregon OSHA requirements, and most of the
agriculture labor housing facilities in Oregon are required to be registered based on the number of occupants at the location.
Contact us if you are an employee, housing occupant, or a concerned customer in Oregon and want to
report hazards at a worksite or employer provided housing.
You can also file a complaint about an unsafe workplace by
visiting one of the field offices, or contacting them via phone.
Note: The programs below may have a link to agricultural labor housing, but are not created solely for that purpose.
General contact information 503-229-5696oregon.gov/deq/Pages/Contact.aspx
Pesticide Analytical and Response Center (PARC)
The Pesticide Analytical and Response Center is mandated to perform the following activities with regard to pesticide-related incidents in Oregon that have suspected health or environmental effects:
PARC does not have regulatory authority. Its primary function is to coordinate investigations to collect and analyze information about reported incidents.
When questions or concerns arise about potential pesticide misuse or exposure to humans, it’s best to contact us as soon as possible. Many environmental and pesticide concerns are time-sensitive. If Oregon Department of Agriculture staff are unable to gather samples and document conditions immediately, we may miss the opportunity. Providing as much detailed information as you can helps us provide a timely response, assists us in conducting a thorough assessment, and allows us to coordinate with other appropriate agencies.
ODA Pesticide and Fertilizer complaint webpage
You can file a complaint in several ways, including:
635 Capitol St. NE Salem, OR 97301-2532
General fire and life safety requirements and recommendations
When there are Oregon Fire Code concerns or issues (private residences are exempt from the Oregon Fire Code) email or call using the information below.
Fire and Life Safety Division 3565 Trelstad Ave SE Salem, OR 97317 503-934-8256OSFM.FireLifeSafety@osp.oregon.gov
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