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By JOHN BUTTERWORTH
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With representatives on hand from the city such as Corvallis Neighborhood Housing Services, those attending the meeting heard plenty of information on the housing situation and its needs. They also heard examples of what
As executive director for the Corvallis Neighborhood Housing Services, Jim Moorefield has worked hard to help create affordable housing in the
Although pleased with the success and attractiveness of the project, and the fact that six have been set aside to help the most needy, they
But to Moorefield, the community must continue to strive for affordable housing. Growing up in a neighborhood where many pe
"I think it destabilizes a community when the have-nots have to struggle just to keep a home," he said. "They can
Those suffering through such economic hardship also often face problems with discrimination, according to Pegge McGuire, executive director for the Fair Housing Council of Oregon. But discrimination also comes upon those with disabilities, with children or from race and nationality.
In Linn and Benton counties, out of 150 claims of discrimination last year, 10 percent of them panned out to be actual discrimination cases. Those cases divided up evenly between disability, family status and national origin.
John Butterworth reports for the Corvallis Gazette-Times and can be reached at 758-9523.
Where to find help with housing problems
Fair Housing Council of Oregon — www.fhco.org — 800-424-3247
Linn-Benton Housing Authority — www.l-bha.org — 926-3589
Corvallis Neighborhood Housing Services — www.corvallisnhs.org — 752-7220