City of Eugene Fair Housing Plan
Each year, Eugene and Springfield receive funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As recipients of these funds, Eugene and Springfield certify that they will “affirmatively further Fair Housing." Eugene and Springfield strive to assure that persons of a protected class have a choice in the location of their housing.
In order to uphold its commitment to affirmatively further fair housing and meet its federal obligation to engage in fair housing planning, Eugene and Springfield have jointly produced a document which examines laws, demographics related to population, housing and housing choice called the Fair Housing Plan. Eugene and Springfield conducted an “Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice” that identified road blocks impacting fair housing choice.
“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, source of income, or domestic partnership status. Additionally, the City of Eugene also protects against housing discrimination based on ethnicity and age.
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 which includes a Fair Housing Task Team.
The next fair housing training will be March 22, 2018. It is being sponsored by the Latinx Outreach Network and is geared toward Latinx and immigrant service providers. For more information, click here.
April is National Fair Housing Month. This year will be the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act. To celebrate this special event, Mayor Vinis will participate in a special Pajama Storytime at the Eugene Public Library, Downtown the evening of April 24, 2018.
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.
99 W. 10th Ave., Suite 116
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Fair Housing Council of OregonThe 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.
Housing and Urban Development
Additionally, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) can be contacted directly with discrimination complaints.