Salem, OR – April 20, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — Residents of communities across Oregon can share their perspectives on local barriers to fair housing at a series of forums in late April and early May.
Every five years, Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) and Oregon Business Development Department (OBDD) conduct an analysis of impediments to fair housing choice in the state. The study will identify barriers to fair housing so that the state can devise strategies to eliminate housing discrimination.
Fair Housing Public Forums in Tillamook, Klamath Falls, Pendleton and Salem will provide landlords, renters, real estate agents, lenders, bankers, and other interested community members an opportunity to share local discrimination issues. The state will use this information to create a plan to ensure that all Oregonians have access to adequate housing and services that meet their needs.
Prior to the meetings in Tillamook, Pendleton and Klamath Falls, a local official from each of those communities will read A Pig is Moving In, by Claudia Fries. All members of the public are welcome to attend the readings. Children ages four to eight will enjoy the book.
Free refreshments and free childcare will be provided
Tillamook: Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 5:30 PM at Tillamook Public Library’s Community Room, 1716 Third Street. County Commissioner Mark Labhart will read A Pig is Moving In for the children. Public forum to follow at 6 p.m.
Pendleton: Wednesday April 28, 2010, 5:30 PM at Pendleton Public Library (Main Floor), 502 SW Dorion Avenue. City Council President Dan Ceniga will read A Pig is Moving In for the children. Public forum to follow at 6 p.m.
Klamath Falls: Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 6:30 PM at Klamath Falls Public Library, Children’s New Addition, 126 South Third Street. City Council Member Trish Seiler will read A Pig is Moving In for the children. Public forum to follow at 7 p.m.
Salem: Thursday, April 29, 2010, 2 PM Oregon Housing and Community Services, North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer Street NE, Room 124A. Individuals unable to attend a local forum can visit the OHCS website (http://www.ohcs.oregon.gov/) for a link to participate via a webinar during the Salem forum on April 29th at 2:00 PM.
People with questions or comments about the forums or who need information in an alternative language or format, please contact Alyssa Cudmore at alyssa.cudmore (at) state.or (dot) us or (503) 473-1050.