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Fair Housing In Oregon


It’s been 50 years since the Fair Housing Act passed in the United States. An event this week in Corvallis will look at the history and legacy of the fair housing movement in Oregon and the nation. 

The Fair Housing Act made it unlawful to discriminate based on race, color, sex, national origin and religion. Tracy Oulman is Housing and Neighborhood Coordinator with the City of Corvallis. She says housing discrimination is part of Oregon’s history.
“We had a sundown law up until well, a lot longer than other states, where folks had to be out of town by nightfall if they were not Caucasian which is not a pretty story to tell but it’s an important one for us to know about."
Family status and disabilities were added later. In Corvallis, those protections include citizenship, source of income and gender identity. Eugene’s include ethnicity and domestic partnership. Diane Hess, with the Fair Housing Council of Oregon will speak at the event. It’s at OSU’s Memorial Union at 7 p.m. Wednesday. 

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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