Guest Blogger:  Jo Becker, Education/Outreach Specialist, Fair Housing Council of Oregon

Who is the Fair Housing Council (FHCO)?

We are a private nonprofit organization. We promote equal access to housing by providing education, outreach, technical assistance, and access to enforcement related to federal, state, and local fair housing laws.

We are not a government agency, although we receive some of our funding from federal, state, and local jurisdictions. We are not a housing authority and do not administer Section 8 or other housing assistance programs. We are not a housing provider and do not have units available for rent or for sale; nor do we have shelter services or provide crisis housing.

What is the Fair Housing Council’s Service Area?

We serve the entire state of Oregon and Clark County, Washington.

What is the History of the FHCO?

The FHCO was founded in 1990 as the first, and only, organization dedicated solely to furthering and enforcing the Fair Housing Act’s protections across Oregon.

What Services Does the Fair Housing Council offer?

Through comprehensive community education and individual counseling, the Fair Housing Council works to eliminate housing discrimination across Oregon and SW Washington and to guarantee the rights of all people to freely chose housing in the area they desire to live and for which they are financially qualified. Services provided by the Fair Housing Council include access to fair housing enforcement, and education and outreach about federal, state, and local fair housing laws.

How can I contact the Fair Housing Council?

Anyone with a fair housing question may contact us at:

The Fair Housing Hotline
503/223-8197 Ext. 2
800/424-3247 Ext. 2 (outside Portland metro area), or

This is a toll-free call and there is no fee associated with the Hotline service, nor is there any income qualification for Hotline assistance. If a staff member is not immediately available to assist by phone, please leave a message and your call with be returned as soon as possible.

Does the Fair Housing Council offer assistance in languages other than English?

Yes, for any languages we can’t accommodate with bilingual staff, we utilize the services of a three-way translation service over the phone or other translation service that makes over 160 languages available to us. Historically, 4% of the calls to our Fair Housing Hotline have come from non-English speakers.

Does the Fair Housing Council offer assistance to those with limited vision or hearing abilities?

Yes, our Fair Housing Hotline staff can assist callers with a hearing impairment. In addition, upon request, we can provide literature and materials in Braille.

Does the Fair Housing Council offer further accommodations?

Yes. If you need assistance utilizing our services (the Hotline, our website, our literature, the classes we offer, etc.) based on a physical or mental disability, please let us know how we can be of help.

Who Governs the Fair Council?

The Fair Housing Council is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, which establishes and oversees all policies. The background of the Board is broad and diverse providing guidance and perspective from attorneys, leaders in the real estate industry and varied housing providers, business professionals, and individuals from the nonprofit sector. Get to know our Board at You can also get to know our staff better at and read our mission at

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Questions about your rights and responsibilities under fair housing laws?

Visit or call 1-800-424-3247 Ext. 2.

Questions about this article? Want to schedule an in-office fair housing training program or speaker for corporate or association functions?

Contact: Jo Becker at or 503/453-4016.

Liberty House Champions for Children Fundraising Luncheon 9/29/11

Guest Blogger:  Chris “Nelson” Laurance
The 6th annual Liberty House Champions for Children Fundraising Luncheon will be held Thursday, September 29, 2011 from Noon – 1:00 pm at the Salem Conference Center.

Join other community members for lunch, learn about the important services provided to children in our community and ways you can help support Liberty House.

To reserve your seat please contact Brenda Kidder at 503-540-0288 or email to

There is no charge to attend the event, thanks to our wonderful sponsor Mountain West Investment Corporation.

We hope you can be a part of this special day!

Can You Help the Local Community D.A.R.E. Program?

Guest Blogger:  Amy Clark

I’m reaching out to you today to help our local community D.A.R.E. program.

The primary goal of D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance & Education) is to prevent the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs in the lives of our youth. This is a voluntary program supported by donations from individuals and businesses. Donations for the D.A.R.E. program are tax deductible under IRC section 170 (c) (1) – a donation letter can be provided for your tax write off purposes and donors are recognized in the community D.A.R.E. publications.

The program brings a D.A.R.E. officer and education materials into 5th grade classrooms once a week for 3 months. Students actively participate in class and take a stand against drugs and violence. This is such a critical age of influence and decision making for our youth. The old adage ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ is very true in this day and age when you look at what challenges our kids are facing.

The 2011 Fund Raising Drive needs a total of $10,068.00 for supplies that include workbooks, bumper stickers, Graduation t-shirts, Awards and Medallions.

I’d like to personally ask you to please sponsor this valuable program today by making a donation of ANY amount. Make your check payable to the “Salem Police D.A.R.E.” and mail to:

Officer Craig Seibel, D.A.R.E.
Salem Police Department
555 Liberty St. SE
Salem OR 97301
Thank you!

Amy Clark
Principal Broker, CRS
Licensed in the State of Oregon
Prudential Real Estate Professionals
503-580-7190 Cell
503-371-3013 xt 1296 Office

Know Anyone with Needs?? "Day of Service" Will Help Our Community!!

A local charitable organization is planning a “Day of Service” for September 17, 2011, in the West Salem (first priority) and Salem areas.

They are seeking contact information at the earliest possible date (Name, Address, Phone Number) of individuals and families that would benefit from an effective 5 to 15 hours of “kindness service” on or about their home, such as yard clean up, painting, fence repair, or the like.

Each household would have anywhere from two to five individuals (or more, if needed) to address the required work in a two to four hour period, thus the 5 to 15 hours of “effective service”.

Have any clients / family / friends who could use this helping hand?

Submit your project suggestions to The “service” to be provided is totally free and without any strings or expectations attached.

They want to do something wonderful for our community, and I’m hoping they get lots of takers!

Wine Tasting Fundraiser for the Taisey Family in Albany

Friends, Associates, Clients and Customers
The Taisey Family
Join us,
The Employees of Fidelity National Title
A Wine Tasting Fundraiser
help the Taisey Family offset medical expenses
associated with Marcy’s treatment and recovery.
This event will be held at
the refurbished J.C. Penney’s Building at
317 1st Avenue West in downtown Albany
Thursday, August 11th

4:00 – 7:00 PM
Suggested contribution at the door is $12.00 or whatever
amount you care to give.
Receive two beverage tickets.
All proceeds go to the Taisey Family Fund.
Cash accepted, or make checks payable to the “Taisey Family Fund.”
RSVP by Wednesday, August 10th: 541-924-0767
Can’t make it? Mail your check directly to
Wells Fargo, MAC P6223-011, Attn. Taisey Family Fund,
300 1st Avenue West
Albany, Oregon 97321
Neither the Family nor Fidelity National Title makes any representation
as to the tax deductibility of your contribution. Consult a Tax Advisor