Description: The Fair Housing Advocacy Committee (FHAC) is a multijurisdictional committee of Portland, Multnomah County and Gresham, and bound by an intergovernmental agreement to plan local federal resources to affirmatively further fair housing and access to opportunity. Members of this committee are appointed by the Portland Housing Commissioner, Multnomah County, Home Forward, the City of Gresham, and the Coalition of Communities of Color. FHAC consists of community representatives with expertise in fair housing, landlord/tenant law, property management, renter-owner advocacy, homeownership and rental access and housing health & safety. It serves as the primary public forum for discussion of Fair Housing law and regulation. The FHAC’s mission is to advise the Portland Consortium partner jurisdictions on issues related to Fair Housing and to provide a forum for public input on Fair Housing.
The committee is charge related to Fair Housing includes reviewing data on disparities in housing choice, reviewing and endorsing best practices, coordinating public information campaigns, the regular review of Fair Housing enforcement data, suggesting policies for adoption by jurisdictions, and advocating for resources that will support effective approaches to furthering Fair Housing. Approximately every five years the Portland Consortium, with advice from FHAC, completes an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing and a Fair Housing Action Plan. Additionally the plan informs the five-year Consolidated Plan for federal entitlement funds, including Community development Block Grants (CDBG). FHAC also advocates in the areas of Fair Housing education and outreach, legal service referrals, and policy and planning regarding rental housing, ownership housing and related issues of access and opportunity.
It’s functions include:
- Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing
- Five-Year Consolidated Plan
- Annual Action Plans
- Community Involvement
Committee advises City of Portland Council, City of Gresham and Multnomah County on a perpetual basis.
Total seats available: 19
Term length: Five year
Volunteer position description: Membership appointment shall take into account the socio-economic, gender, racial, ethnic, cultural, and geographic diversity of the City of Portland. Some members are assigned by organizations identified in the committee description because of their unique experience or participant base. Membership appointment shall achieve a balanced citizen-based perspective encompassing knowledge of fair housing, rental management, renter and owner advocates, social services, and housing health and safety.
Some members do simultaneously serve on the PHAC because of the relationship to the federal funds.
Members will be expected to fulfill the following time commitments:
Members will be required to attend 2-hour quarterly meetings on Tuesday afternoons from 3:00pm-5:00pm..
Members will be expected to serve a five year term or until completion of the next Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing. Members will have the opportunity to renew terms.
Members will be expected to be responsive to staff requests and review materials in advance of meetings.
Bureau host: Housing, Mayor's Office
Contact: Kim McCarty, 503-823-5312