“Fair Housing” is the name for the federal, state and local civil rights laws that protect all of us from illegal 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.
April is Fair Housing Month
Mayor Lucy Vinis has proclaimed April 2022 as Fair Housing Month in Eugene. Click on the images below to read the proclamation.
The Lane County Legal Aid Office of Oregon Law Center serves the low-income community throughout Lane County. While they do intakes on a wide variety of issues, the cases typically handled are related to housing, benefits, family law and issues of domestic violence. For more information, visit the website: Oregon Law Center.
Oregon Law Center: 541-485-1017 (9 am to noon, and 1-5 pm).
BOLI: 971-673-0761 (staffed Mon-Fri, 8 am-5 pm; messages can be left any time).
Housing and Urban Development Additionally, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) can be contacted directly with discrimination complaints.
City of Eugene, Equity & Community Engagement
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 Equity & Community Engagement Office. Staff can assist in making referrals and provide access to the appropriate grievance processes.
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 support a fair housing hotline; contracting with Springfield Eugene Tenant Association (SETA) to support a tenant hotline and take calls from community members of protected classes, and staffing the Housing Policy Board.
Fair Housing Training
The Fair Housing training on Hoarding for Housing Advocates was held on July 15, 2022. The recorded training is available here
The Fair Housing Training about Criminal History/Source Training for Sponsors was held on June 28, 2022. The recorded training is available here
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