April is Fair Housing Month

April is Fair Housing Month!

The federal Fair Housing Act and Oregon fair housing laws provide protections against housing discrimination.

The Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Libraries, located at 200 NW C Street, is hosting “Anywhere but Here: The History of Housing Discrimination in Oregon” from April 2 through April 8, 2017. This seven-panel exhibit by the Fair Housing Council of Oregon is made up of photographs, text, and quotes that chronicle Oregon’s largely unknown history of discrimination, segregation, and displacement; the progress in overcoming this history and the challenges that remain. The exhibit is sponsored by the City of Grants Pass.

Accompanying the exhibit is a community-wide Oregon Humanities Conversation Project titled “Homeless in the Land of Plenty” at the Grants Pass branch on Wednesday, April 5 from 5:30 to 7 pm. In the United States, families with children are the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population. The community is invited to join founder and director of CommuniTalks, Ryan Stroud of Portland for this community conversation to share personal stories and learn about the experiences of others.

Suggested reading list:

Katherine Boo. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. 2011. Call Number: 305.5 Bo

Natalie Savage Carlson. The Family under the Bridge (children’s book). Call Number: J Fic Ca

Matthew Desmond. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. 2016. Call Number: 339.46 De

Kathryn J. Edin. $2.00 a Day: Living on almost Nothing in America. 2015.Call Number: 339.460973 Ed

Jonathan Kozol. Rachel and Her Children: Homeless Families in America. 2006. Call Number: 362.50973 Ko

David Madden and Peter Marcuse. In Defense of Housing: The Politics of a Crisis. 2016. Call Number: 333.338 Ma

John A. Powell, Gavin Kearney, Vina Kay, eds. In Pursuit of a Dream Deferred: Linking Housing and Education Policy. 2001. Call Number: 379.25 In

David Shipler: The Working Poor: Invisible in America. Call Number: 305.569 Sh

Danielle Steel. A Gift of Hope: Helping the Homeless. 2012. Call Number: 362.50973 St

William Julius Wilson. When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor. 2011.To be added soon.