Dear Multifamily NW Members,
There is no subject that rental housing providers take more seriously than fair housing. Multifamily NW has worked diligently over the years to increase access to educational opportunities on this subject for members and nonmembers alike.
These efforts were realized in 2019, as we were able to host a record number of 30 fair housing classes in Bend, Salem and Eugene.
To accomplish this milestone Multifamily NW formed the Fair Housing Committee in 2015 to ensure that we were on the cutting edge of current fair housing issues. The committee brainstormed the concept of a day of education that would be strictly focused on fair housing education.
Thus, the Fair Housing Fair was born. The day has featured national speakers whose fair housing credentials are well known, including Nadeen Green, Scott Moore and Rommel Anacan.
While we are proud of the work we have done internally regarding fair housing education, we especially want to highlight the collaborative education we have done with NW Public Affairs, which represents Housing Authorities, and the Oregon Law Center promoting fair housing across all communities rural and urban in Oregon.
With the tremendous support of the Meyers Memorial Trust, we formed a group called the Housing Choice Educational Partnership. This group began with education on HB 2639, which made source of income a protected class, and ended with our recent grant this year to remove barriers around screening.
As we head into a new decade, Multifamily NW remains committed to finding smart solutions to the complex issues we face surrounding fair housing and advocating for the communities we serve.