state protection

Source of Income (OR)

discrimination is prohibited

Source of Income as a Protected Class (OR)

Source of Income is a protected class across Oregon. What this protected class is intended to protect is benefit income. That is, one may not be treated differently, denied, or harassed in a housing setting or transaction based on whether or not the household receives benefits such as social security income, disability income, unemployment income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANIF), alimony, child support, food stamps, etc., etc.

Originally, this legislation provided exceptions for recipients of federal rent subsidy payments under 42 USC 1437f (IE: “Section 8 vouchers”); that is, landlords did not have to accept Section 8 vouchers if they don’t want to. However, in the summer of 2013, Oregonians voted to remove those exemptions. As of July 1st, 2014, Section 8 vouchers and other forms of rental subsidy may not be discriminated against in Oregon.

Income derived in any illegal manner is not included in the source of income protection.

While source of income is not codified into federal law, HUD issued related new requirements in 2010:

HUD Requires Compliance with Local Source of Income Protections
HUD Media Release

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