Bulletin staff report

The cities of Bend and Redmond want to know how housing choice, prices and transportation have affected where residents live in Central Oregon.

An online survey at www.fairhousingsurvey2018.com asks Central Oregonians to answer questions about their experiences with housing choices, including whether they’ve been subject to housing discrimination based on their race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin. The survey runs through Feb. 28, and results will help the cities decide how to distribute federal housing money.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has long required cities to assess fair housing in their communities, but a recent rule change mandates more input from the community.

Bend Affordable Housing Coordinator Lynne McConnell said she’s trying hard not to make assumptions about what the survey will find but instead learn what residents see as the biggest barriers to housing choice.

“I’m really curious to see what it uncovers,” McConnell said.