Fair 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, domestic violence survivors, legal source of income, or domestic partnership status. Additionally, the City of Eugene also protects against housing discrimination based on ethnicity and age.

Eugene has a Fair Housing Plan that strives to assure that persons of a protected class have choice in the location of their housing. 

Fair Housing Activities

The City of Eugene engages in a number of activities related to fair housing. These activities include: fair housing outreach and education for community members, non-profits, and landlords; contracting with Fair Housing Council of Oregon to provide a fair housing hotline; and staffing the Housing Policy Board. 

Upcoming Fair Housing Training

Fair Housing Training

Presenter – Shyle Ruder, Education and Outreach Director, Fair Housing Council of Oregon

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

Where: University of Oregon, Lawrence Hall, Room 115, 1190 Franklin Blvd, Eugene

Tentative Agenda

6:00 pm - 6:05 pm – Welcome  

6:05 pm - 6:10 pm – Overview of the Eugene Rental Housing Code

6:10 pm - 6:15 pm – Overview of Lane County Legal Aid/Oregon Law Center

6:15 pm – 7:40 pm – Fair Housing, Know Your Rights 

7:40 pm – 8:00 pm – Identifying obstacles and challenges to Fair Housing 

More Information

This training is offered in partnership with the University of Oregon Young Democratic Socialists of America and is open to all community members. 

The City of Eugene is in the process of updating its Fair Housing Plan. Attendees will have the opportunity to share feedback about challenges accessing fair housing that will be used to help shape the City’s new Fair Housing Plan.

Fair Housing Help

City of Eugene, Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement
If you believe you have been subject to illegal housing discrimination in the City of Eugene you may request assistance through the City of Eugene Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement Office.  Staff can assist in making referrals and provide access to the appropriate grievance processes. 

Telephone: 541-682-5177
Website: City of Eugene Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement
Email the Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement office

Walk-in Assistance:
99 W. 10th Ave., Suite 117
Eugene, Oregon
Monday - Friday, 10:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Fair Housing Council of Oregon
The City of Eugene also contracts with the Fair Housing Council of Oregon, which operates a hotline for housing discrimination and maintains a website with fair housing information. Anyone with a fair housing question can contact the hotline. In addition, housing discrimination can be reported by calling the hotline.

Fair Housing Council of Oregon - Hotline
Hotline hours: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays
Telephone: 1-800-424-3247, ext 2
Email: Information@fhco.org
Website: http://www.fhco.org

Housing and Urban Development
Additionally, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) can be contacted directly with discrimination complaints.

Website: https://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/topics/housing_discrimination

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