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Easy Ways to Get Involved

This page offers you several opportunities to learn more about fair housing laws and illegal housing discrimination. It also invites you to volunteer at the Fair Housing Council (FHCO), or schedule special events that help fund our efforts and spread our message of fair and equitable housing for all. We hope you enjoy perusing the page and the rest of the site.

FHCO's Annual Poster Contest:

Whether you’re an individual parent; a private citizen; a member of a landlord, Realtor®, or other trade association, you too can get involved and spread the word about fair housing via our annual poster contest. Details on the contest can be found at www.FHCO.org/contest.htm.

Feel free to include information about the contest in your own newsletters and mailings; post the contest brochure in the front window of your office; encourage the families you know (including your own!) to enter. Just be sure to refer folks to www.FHCO.org/contest.htm.

Any child in grades 1 through 8 may submit an entry free of charge and anyone can join in by raising awareness of this fun campaign, distributing needed supplies, or picking up entries and delivering / shipping them to the FHCO office in Portland. If you have questions about how to get started, contact information@FHCO.org—we’d love to see this win-win offering grow and flourish!

Exemplary example: Realtor Association Embarks on New Tradition; Spreads Fair Housing Message through FHCO's Poster Contest

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Volunteer Opportunities:

We have a ton of volunteer opportunities just waiting for someone with the right skill set and a little extra time! Visit www.FHCO.org/pdfs/VolOps.pdf to read about the following volunteer jobs:

General Fair Housing Month (April) Committee Volunteers
Fair Housing Book Reading Volunteers
Fair Housing Poster Contest Volunteers
General Office Duties Volunteers
History of Housing Discrimination Bus Tour Volunteers
--Technical/Audio Expert Volunteers
--Bus Tour Navigator Volunteers
--Late Night Cone Volunteers
--General Bus Tour Help and Organizing Volunteers
--Bus Tour for High School or Elementary Students Volunteer
Community Organizations/Coalitions/Groups Representative Volunteers
Community Outreach and Event Volunteers (especially bi-lingual)
Community Trainings (especially bi-lingual) Volunteers
Translator Volunteers
Fair Housing Research Volunteers
Multimedia Volunteers
GIS and Mapping Volunteers
Website Design Volunteers
Design and Construction Inspection Volunteers

If you're interested in learning more about volunteering for the FHCO at an upcoming community event, please contact information@FHCO.org with "Volunteer Opportunities" in the subject line.




Volunteer, Debra Neal, with Education Director, Diane Hess, tabling at the
American Home
Buyer Fair in Portland, OR.



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Did You Know?

Did you know that National Fair Housing Month is held every April? It's an opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments as a county and within our community; but it's also a poignant reminder that we have so much more work to do. Learn more about Fair Housing Month here.

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Fair Housing Jeopardy:

Bring our advanced Fair Housing Jeopardy game to an office, club, religious organization, or association you belong to. Our Jeopardy game challenges you to put on your thinking caps and competitive spirit for this fun opportunity to test your fair housing knowledge and win prizes. Click here for further details and pricing.

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Take the Fair Housing Quiz:

Have some fun and test your knowledge with our interactive quiz!

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Become a Fair Housing Tester!

We need people like you! Testers pose as housing consumers—somewhat like a “secret shopper”—in order to gather evidence. It is often the only way to prove if a housing provider is violating fair housing laws. Learn more at www.FHCO.org/testers.htm.

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Tours of Historic Sites of Discrimination:

Schedule a private, historically eye-opening tour for your office, club, religious organization, school, or association. The tour itself runs about two hours; the event is most impactful and meaningful if followed by a panel of speakers or debriefing group session; special and expert guests can be scheduled, as well. Click here for further details and pricing.

Click here for a brief brochure on FHCO's bus tours

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Join Us:

At the Fair Housing Council (FHCO), we offer eight different membership levels to suit any individual, corporate, or organization. Each member receives our newsletter and recognition on our website.

IndividualMemberships of $50 or more receive a Fair Housing gift.

Member organizations donating $300 or more may enquire about discounts offered on FHCO organizational trainings.

  • Student/Fixed Income Members $15 per year
  • Individual Supporting Members $35 per year
  • Family Supporting Members $50 per year
  • Friend of Fair Housing $75 per year
  • Advocate for Fair Housing $$150 per year
  • Nonprofit Supporting Members $300 per year
  • Corporate Supporting Members $500 per year
  • Director’s Circle Members $1000 or more per year

The FHCO is a 501(c)(3); contributions may be tax deductible. Please click here to support the work we do as a nonprofit organization!

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"Thank You"

The FHCO would like to thank our partners and members for their support.
Their contributions and grants have helped to make the resources on this site possible.
Please join them in supporting our efforts!

If you have a fair housing question, or to report a fair housing complaint, please call 503/223-8197 Ext. 2 or 800/424-3247 Ext. 2 (TTY and translation available). Alternatively, you may call HUD at 800/877-0246.

Office Location:

1221 SW Yamhill Avenue #305, Portland, Oregon 97205
information@FHCO.org .| .503/223-8197 .| .Hotline 800/424-3247 Ext. 2

The work that provided the basis for this publication was supported by funding under a grant with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The substance and findings of the work are dedicated to the public. The author and the publisher are solely responsible for the accuracy of the statements and interpretations contained in this publication. Such interpretations do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Government.

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