Albany residents who may have experienced housing discrimination or who want to know what housing discrimination is are encouraged to attend one of two upcoming workshops on fair housing laws, one to be presented in English and the other in Spanish.
The English language workshop will be presented on at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the municipal court room at City Hall, 333 Broadalbin St. S.W.
The workshop in Spanish is Thursday, Oct. 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Sunrise Elementary School cafeteria, 730 19th Ave. S.E.
“Fair housing” is the name for the federal and state civil rights laws that protect individuals against housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, the presence of children under age 18 (familial status), marital status, and source of income.
The workshops will cover rights and responsibilities for tenants or home buyers as well as the right to reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities.
These events are being presented by the Fair Housing Council of Oregon, which provides fair housing education, outreach and enforcement services, and responds to questions and complaints about housing discrimination. The workshops are sponsored by the city of Albany and Community Services Consortium.
Those who may have been discriminated against or who want more information about fair housing should email email@example.com or call 541-704-7649.