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As you gather with friends and family in the safety and comfort of your own homes this holiday season, we hope you’ll consider supporting our work to end housing discrimination. Here are just a few examples of the important work that takes place here every day at the Fair Housing Council of Oregon.
 
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  • 5000+ People reached through trainings and other outreach activities each year
 
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In This Issue:
Tribute to Pegge McGuire,
Executive Director for 10 Years

 
 
At the end of October, we bid a bittersweet farewell to Pegge McGuire,  FHCO's executive director from 2001 to 2007.  She then took a position with Oregon Housing and Community Services and returned to FHCO, as Executive Director, in 2012. 
 
The Fair Housing Council of Oregon has benefited tremendously from Pegge's leadership and hard work, and our staff will miss getting to work with her on a daily basis! 
Fortunately, in her new position as Director of Housing and Energy Services at the Community Services Consortium, she continues her good work in this field, and we’re delighted to already be partnering with her in new ways.  Her work is now based in Albany, Oregon, which is a much shorter commute from her home in Salem, the primary reason for her change in jobs.
 
Pegge is passionate about fair housing and worked hard on all levels to promote FHCO's work.  She has been a tenacious fair housing advocate and has worked hard to extend civil rights protections to more Oregonians, including people leaving incarceration.
 
Pegge's presentations to community partners in both the private and government sectors have been called “superb.”  John VanLandingham, a member of FHCO’s board and a statewide leader in housing policy, had this to say in reflecting on Pegge’s work:  “Pegge inspires confidence, in staff and board and public officials and landlords.  She is gentle, yet persistent.  It is difficult to get mad at Pegge, no matter what your position, because she is so fair and principled.  She is a person of immense goodwill.” 
 
Pegge seems to know everyone.  She made a point to develop meaningful relationships with our community partners, local officials, state officials, and other stakeholders.  She is a very creative thinker, and devised numerous creative partnerships, funding strategies, and ways to educate the community about fair housing, for example; creating our Fair Housing Jeopardy training game and the intriguingly-titled training 50 Shades of Fair Housing.
 
Staff speak fondly of Pegge.  As Hannah Callaghan, Director of Enforcement, put it, “She supported us in a way that made us want to do our best.”  Her sense of humor and willingness to make time for staff, always, were much appreciated.  Staff were surprised over and over again with her many and varied talents.  For one of FHCO’s fundraisers, she personally catered the event and provided an amazing array of beautifully prepared and delicious dishes.  She is no ordinary person!
 
We asked Pegge what she was most proud of during her tenure, and here’s what she had to say,
"Here are a few things that have meant a great deal to me during my tenure with FHCO..."
  • There is not a better team of folks anywhere and it has been my honor and pleasure to work with the staff and board of FHCO; they are creative, passionate, professional, and ambitious. FHCO accomplishes so much every year with so few people and minimal resources.
  • FHCO is consistently on the cutting edge of fair housing work.  From our bus tours to our AFFH (Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing) video, to our systemic investigations into land use and zoning discrimination, we are constantly viewed as leaders among fair housing organizations nationwide.
  • We have a balanced approach to working with housing providers and housing consumers.  Our approach has been to try and prevent discrimination from occurring by providing technical assistance and education to housing providers.
  • We have developed many wonderful and lasting partnerships with community partners across Oregon.
And while Pegge is quick to point out that none of the above was possible without the hard work of many, we want to recognize her leadership in bringing about these accomplishments and assets.

Bravo, Pegge!  And a heartfelt thank you from all your friends at the Fair Housing Council.

Executive Director Transition

The FHCO board of directors is in the process of soliciting applications for the executive director position.  Applications are requested by December 8th.  Our job announcement and application instructions may be found here.

While we search for a new director, Kathy Kniep is serving as our interim director.  She’s an independent consultant who provides a variety of services to nonprofit and government agencies, and she regularly serves as an interim executive director.  Information about her background and consulting practice may be found on her website, and she can be contacted at kkniep@fhco.org or 503-309-3433.  

New Fair Housing Video!
Check out FHCO's latest video for an overview of housing discrimination in Oregon, past and present. Six fair housing advocates share their experiences and perspectives on the impact of individual acts of discrimination and the systemic discrimination tied to public policies.

 The video is a useful tool for generating group discussion about current fair housing challenges and can be utilized by housing providers in new staff orientations.

We are now accepting entries for the
18th Annual Fair Housing Poster Contest!
Click here for guidelines and previous winners.
A sugar packet's worth of lead-based paint
powder is enough to poison!

A sugar packet's worth of lead dust scattered evenly over an area the size of a football field is enough to poison a child.
You have the power to help prevent lead poisoning!
Learn about lead-based paint hazards in housing, federal disclosure and certification requirements, and free resources available at:
https://multco.us/health/lead-poisoning-prevention
and
http://www2.epa.gov/lead/real-estate-disclosure
 
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