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OHCS celebrates April as Fair Housing Month - 04/02/24

This month also marks 56 years since the passage of the Fair Housing Act

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) celebrates April as Fair Housing Month in Oregon following Governor Tina Kotek's proclamation. The declaration recognizes the state’s continuous efforts to provide fair and equal housing opportunities to all.

“Celebrating Fair Housing Month is a reminder to uphold fairness and equity every day,” said Director Andrea Bell. “Fair housing ensures access to housing regardless of any outside biases or stereotypes, creating communities where all can thrive.”

Each April, OHCS along with fair housing advocates, communities, and organizations across Oregon recognize Fair Housing Month by hosting events to commemorate its significance and impact.

OHCS and the Fair Housing Council of Oregon are offering a series of fair housing trainings throughout 2024. These are free webinars for anyone interested in learning more about fair housing issues statewide and how to prevent illegal discrimination in Oregon. For more information about fair housing rights, visit the Fair Housing Council of Oregon website.

OHCS will also be posting fair housing resources throughout the month on social media.

This year’s commemoration coincides with the 56th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the landmark civil rights law on April 11, 1968. It made discrimination in housing transactions unlawful. Fair housing guarantees that regardless of race, sex, national origin, religion, family situation, or level of ability, everyone has the right to housing that fits their needs.

Nationally, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) kicked off Fair Housing Month 2024 with this year’s theme, “The Act in Action.”

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About Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) 

OHCS is Oregon's housing finance agency. The state agency provides financial and program support to create and preserve opportunities for quality, affordable housing for Oregonians of low and moderate income. OHCS administers programs that provide housing stabilization. OHCS delivers these programs primarily through grants, contracts, and loan agreements with local partners and community-based providers. For more information, please visit: oregon.gov/ohcs

 

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