Fair Housing and Illegal Housing Discrimination
“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.
Fair Housing Help
SETA Tenant Hotline
Springfield Eugene Tenant Association (SETA) provides a free tenant hotline to Eugene residents. SETA is a non-profit, public service organization that is dedicated to renters' rights and interests.
SETA Tenant Hotline: 541-972-3715 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Please leave a voicemail with a brief overview for which you are seeking help. Calls are returned during the week and on weekends.
Messages and online inquiries are accepted and returned promptly, even though the telephone hotline hours are limited to Fridays from 9 am to 12 pm, noon.
Fair Housing inquiries and complaints may be submitted online, or by sending an email to: Information@fhco.org. More information is available on the Fair Housing Council of Oregon’s website: http://fhco.org.
Oregon Law Center
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).
Bureau of Labor and Industries
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) protects your civil rights at home. You may file a housing discrimination complaint or email email@example.com for housing discrimination questions.
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.
Telephone Assistance: Staff may be reached by calling: 541-682-5177 or by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
April is Fair Housing Month. This year we commemorate the 55th anniversary of the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act.
Fair Housing Training
Fair Housing Training for Rapid Rehousing Programs will be held on October 10, 2023 from 10-11:30am
- Fair Housing basics
- Source of income as a protected class
- Disability and the reasonable accommodation process.
To register click here
Training for Fair Housing and Hoarding Disorder was held on March 24, 2023
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To view the presentation click here
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