To illustrate the importance of fair housing, Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall recently read to children at the Newport Public Library a book entitled “A Pig is Moving In,” by Claudia Fries. The story tells the tale of a fox, hare, and hen who are troubled when they learn that a pig is moving into their apartment complex. Despite never meeting the pig, they all agree that “pigs are messy and dirty and sloppy.” Each animal sees Theodore (the pig) spill something on the floor, but they fail to witness him clean up his mess. They are convinced that the pig is “a pig.” They go upstairs to confront him about his behavior, only to find that he is a friendly and creative individual and that they have misjudged him.
The book is a reminder that discrimination is often a result of ignorance. The Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO) is a nonprofit civil rights organization driven to eliminate illegal housing discrimination through enforcement and education across Oregon and southwest Washington. Hall says, “It was a great experience to share this book with an eager, young audience. It carried a subtle, but important message that we all need to look beyond stereotypes and treat everyone as individuals.”
The FHCO promotes equal access to housing by providing education, outreach, technical assistance, and enforcement opportunities specifically related to federal, state, and local fair housing laws. Services provided by the Fair Housing Council include access to fair housing enforcement, and education and outreach about federal, state, and local fair housing laws.
Fair housing questions; contact the Fair Housing Hotline at 503/223-8197 Ext. 2 (Portland metro area) or 800/424-3247 Ext. 2 or at information@FHCO.org.