The Fair Housing Council of Oregon opens their 20th annual Fair Housing Poster Contest

SUBMITTED PHOTO: FHCO - Jordan Dirsa's poster won the 2017 grand prize in the poster contest.

Oregon students in first through eighth grades, grab your paint, crayons and markers because it is poster contest time. The winners will be rewarded with cash and the chance to have their artwork displayed at venues throughout Oregon.

The Fair Housing Council of Oregon is inviting students in the first through eighth grades to participate in their 20th annual poster contest. The theme is "Fair Housing Lives in Oregon."

The idea of the contest is to raise awareness among youth of how fair housing laws protect all Oregonians against illegal housing discrimination, according to a press release. This year is the 50th anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act, which does not allow landlords or sellers to discriminate against renters and buyers.

"According to the federal and state fair housing laws, all Oregonians have equal access to housing regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, disability, source of income, marital status, sexual orientation and gender identity," said Eleanor Doyle from the Fair Housing Council of Oregon in the press release.

There will be 10 winners and the Grand Prize winning artwork will be printed on thousands of posters and distributed throughout Oregon.

Posters should be designed horizontally on 11x17 inch poster paper, should address the theme and even contain wording that addresses the theme. Materials used should be crayons, colored pencils, magic markers, tempera paint, pastels or chalk. No glitter or glue.

Entries can be submitted to the Fair Housing Council of Oregon at 1221 SW Yamhill St. #305, Portland, OR 97205. The contest deadline is March 16, 2018 by 5 p.m.

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Kristen Wohlers
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