Current Actions

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JOIN OUR DISPLACED TENANTS EMERGENCY TASK FORCE 

Weekly Displaced Tenants Emergency Task Force  Meeting

Monday, 10am – 12 Noon
Morrison Plaza Building
1411 SW Morrison at 14th St
2nd Floor Conference room

Meeting cancelled Monday Feb 1st 2016

FebRUARY 1, 2016
Salem State Capital Housing Hearing

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The 2016 Oregon State Legislative Session begins next week, and landlords will come out in force to oppose. We need Tenant Power to counter their arguments!

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SUPPORT HB 4001!
Here is How:
WHAT: Legislative Hearing on HB 4001/LC284, Rep. Alissa-Keny Guyer’s “Housing Relief Act”
WHEN: This Monday February 1, 2016 at 3pm
WHERE: Salem Capitol in Hearing Room

Submit You Testimony Letter Here 

A summary report on the Legislative Hearing Is here. Video of the entire hearing is here.

JanUARY 30, 2016
Portland Tenants United Open House

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January 20, 2016
Tenant Emergency Response Meeting

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  • Rent Burdened?
  • Priced Out?
  • Unable to find Affordable Housing?
  • Houseless?
  • No-Cause Eviction?
  • Nowhere to go?

 Priced Out,  Displaced Tenants Are Organizing!  Never mind what the city promised us.   We are launching our own Emergency Response.

 Join us Wednesday January 20th 2016

Hollywood Library

4040 NE Tillamook St.

Portland Oregon 97212

6-8PM

Sponsored by Tenants Priced out!

January 18, 2016

Weekly Displaced Tenants Emergency Task Force  Meeting

Monday, 10am – 12 Noon
Morrison Plaza Building
1411 SW Morrison at 14th St
2nd Floor Conference room

January 15. 2o16

Housing Justice Rally and March

  • To End Housing Discrimination and Retaliation
  • To Ban No-Cause Evictions

Portland Tenants United (info@pdxtu.org)
Friday, Rally @ 4:30pm, March @ 5:30pm
Starting at City Hall
Downtown Portland

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Portland Tenants United (PTU) will organize metro area tenants to take collective action toward housing security and stability — in the form of rent stabilization and a ban on no-cause evictions. PTU will empower tenants using a strong tenants’ union model that organizes tenants in the way that labor organizes workers.

Come stand with Portland’s tenants as they fight for equity and housing stability.

January 11, 2015

Weekly Displaced Tenants Emergency Task Force  Meeting

Monday, 10am – 12 Noon
Morrison Plaza Building
1411 SW Morrison at 14th St
2nd Floor Conference room

January 9, 2016

ATTENTION RENTERS!! WE NEED YOU!!

Pre Legislative Hearing
Saturday, 3 – 5pm
IRCO Headquarters
10301 NE Glisan

Are you facing displacement or have you already been displaced from a no-cause eviction or rent increases over 5%? This is a historic opportunity to impact the 2016 Oregon Legislative Session!

Portland-metro area legislators will be in attendance to hear from folks about the details and impact of the housing emergency to prepare for the 2016 Legislative Session in February.

Co-hosted by:
Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer
Rep. Rob Nosse

Attended by:
Speaker Tina Kotek, Rep. Barbara Smith Warner,
Rep. Jeff Reardon, Rep. Lew Frederick, Rep. Joe Gallegos, Rep.Carla Piluso, Rep. Gorsek, Senate President Pro-tem Diane Rosenbaum, Sen. Chuck Thomsen and Sen. Michael Dembrow

People hurt by Portland’s unaffordable housing tell their stories. Watch the entire 2 hour Legislative Housing Emergency Forum here. (Video by Jim Karlock.)

January 7, 2016

City Council Public Hearing on Comprehensive Plan Recommended Draft  

Thursday, 6 – 9pm
SEI (Self Enhancement Institute)
3920 N. Kirby
Portland, Oregon

Testimony will be heard on draft goals, policies and land use map

Anti-Displacement PDX is hosting a City Council Session. Receiving testimony from folks about need for renter protections and how the rent crisis has affected them.  Please come and share your experience.

December 29, 2015
SWEEP INTERVENTIONS

Portland Renter PDX and other Homeless Advocacy Groups were holding forces at Homeless Camps: (1) Cartlandia  (2) Pardee and others today.

Advocates intervened on ODOT’s planned sweep, negotiating for postponement (Jan. 4th), allowing more time for a more humane solution for the camp occupants who have nowhere to go.

 

The advocacy team (both on and off site) helped summon medical assistance, food, and clothing donations from local agencies and businesses.  A network of information sharing occurred from shelter managers and other agencies on how to quickly get vulnerable women, seniors, the medically needy, and the disabled immediate access to available shelters and other housing.  Bobby Weinstock of Northwest Pilot Project and Janice at Transition Projects offered much needed support.

December 28, 2015
Pardee Homeless Camp Scheduled for ODOT Sweep

Nathan Starr and I (Marih Alyn-Claire) went to the Pardee camp around 11am. Only Jana, a 60-year-old senior, and Ward, a young adult male, were present “holding down the fort.” The others were out scouting around. Jana reported a sweep had  occurred on SE Foster road today.

We brought homemade soup, bread from Red Tomato, and corn muffins. Jana and Ward spoke to us about their progress. Jana expressed not doing well in terms of her physical condition. The wet and cold conditions plus the impending sweep is, as she put it, “causing me to lose my sanity.”

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Ward, a young under-forty male, expressed anger and extreme frustration over the sweeps and internal camp power struggles, theft, and loss of his bike. We listened to his personal story of how he came to be homeless primarily due to loss of his job, loss of family relationships and his 7-year incarceration, and the need for a bike for transportation and job search. We felt his burning desire to change the course of his life: “I want to get a job.  I can do maintenance, carpentry. I know how to fix my own bike. I want to get off of this block!”

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Nathan agreed to assist Ward in taking a first step towards changing his situation by driving him to a local SE Bike Shop (NWProGear) and negotiating with the owner Dimitri for a used bike (take now and pay later).

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Surprisingly, after showing the owner the Tenants Priced Out website and reassuring him we were legit, he agreed to help Ward pick out a used bike and then had his technician get it ready for the road. He even threw in a brand new bike lock for free.

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Ward’s day began with loss of faith in his community, and went from “They don’t care about us” to having his trust in humanity restored. It was a positive outcome for all involved.

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Working with this homeless young man expressing repeatedly, “I’m tired of this, I want to get myself off of this block” was reassuring. If we could make a small difference in just one or two people’s lives at the Pardee Camp, it made our day regardless of ODOT’s planned sweep of the site.

DECEMBER 21, 2015

Weekly Displaced Tenants Emergency Task Force  Meeting

Monday, 10am – 12 Noon
Morrison Plaza Building
1411 SW Morrison
Room 220 or Conference room next door

DECEMBER 16, 2015

The Rent Crisis: A People’s Perspective (sponsored by Know Your City)

Wednesday 12/16 Round Table and Panel 
At: the Community Warehouse
3969 Northeast Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212

Round Table with Tenant Activists and Ted Wheeler 2:30 pm  to  4:30pm

  • Katrina Holland, Community Alliance of Tenants
  • Margot Black, Portland Tenant’s Union
  • Marih AlynClaire, Tenants Priced Out
  • Vahid Brown, Hazelnut Grove

We will also be engaging in group breakout sessions after the panel so that every attendee can have their voice heard.

Panel 5:30 pm to 7:30pm (PST) Video is here and here.

Join Know Your City and Portland Tenants United (Portland’s new tenant union) for a community dialogue about how skyrocketing rents impact our communities and what we can do about it. Topics will include no cause evictions, government policy, homelessness and camping – and will include the perspectives of women, people of color, and perhaps most importantly, renters. Tickets here.

Suggested ticket contribution: $5.

December 14, 2015

Weekly Displaced Tenants Emergency Task Force  Meeting

Monday, 10am – 12 Noon
Morrison Plaza Building
1411 SW Morrison
Room 220 or Conference room next door

December 9, 2015

The Big Idea: Rent Crisis in Portland (sponsored by Oregonian Media Group)

Wednesday, 6:30pm to 8:00pm (PST)
At: The Cleaners at Ace Hotel
1022 SW Stark St
Portland, OR 97205

Soaring rent. Rising costs. Is Portland becoming a gated city? Join a panel of concerned citizens and experts at an event hosted by The Oregonian / OregonLive. Share your concerns and learn what Portland residents can do about the problem in an interactive format. Register here.

Suggested ticket contribution: $6. No-host bar and snacks available. This event brings together concerned citizens and expert panelists:

  • Dan Saltzman, Portland city commissioner
  • Dike Dame, Williams and Dame development
  • Sam Chase, Metro Councilor
  • Mary Kyle McCurdy, Policy Director and Staff Attorney for 1000 Friends of Oregon

Editorial Board Moderators:

  • Erik Lukens, editorial and commentary editor
  • Len Reed, associate editor
December 7,2015

Weekly Displaced Tenants Emergency Task Force  Meeting

Monday, 10am – 12 Noon
Morrison Plaza Building
1411 SW Morrison
Room 220 or Conference room next door

December 3, 2015

Marih Alyn-Claire and Deborah Olson -Tenant

The Community Alliance of Tenants Salsa Night celebrates 19 years of tenant power and presents awards to two tenant activists: CAT member/volunteer Deborah Olson and Tenants Priced Out tenant advocate Marih AlynClaire.

Thursday, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
E. Portland Eagles Lodge
4904 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland

Click Here for Video.

December 2, 2015

The Coordinating Board of Home for Everyone — (focus on homelessness) — meets

Wednesday, 3pm to 5pm
501 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Multnomah Building, Room 315

The meetings are open to the public. There is also a public testimony time at the beginning of the meeting. During the meeting, however, visitors are not allowed to speak.

See their document:  “A Home for Everyone: A United Community Plan.” Read more about their plans and progress here and about the family mobile housing unit here.

December 2, 2015

City of Portland Legislative Advocacy – Advocacy 101 Workshop

Wednesday, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Portland Building, 2nd floor, Auditorium
1120 SW 5th Ave, Portland

December 1, 2015

Portland Housing Bureau Advisory Commission  (PHAC) Meeting

Tuesday, 3 pm – 5 pm
421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500
Portland

To request to speak before the commission go here. Meeting agenda is here.

See their document: PHAC 2015 Decision Package Concepts for discussion.

November 30, 2015

Weekly Displaced Tenants Emergency Task Force  Meeting

Monday, 10am – 12 Noon
Multnomah County Downtown Library, 2nd Floor  Rm 2B
801 SW 10th Ave

Note: Monday December 7th our meeting will move to the Morrison Plaza Building,  1411 SW Morrison Room 220 or Conference room next door.

JOIN OUR DISPLACED TENANTS EMERGENCY TASK FORCE 

November 17, 2015

Testimony before Oregon State Legislature: House Interim Committee On Human Services and Housing.

Tenants Priced Out tenant advocate Marih AlynClaire’s testimony begins at approximately 1:02 marker on this video.

A crowd gathers for a House hearing on housing issues Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, at the Capitol in Salem. Denis C. Theriault/Oregonian Staff

A crowd gathers for a House hearing on housing issues Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, at the Capitol in Salem. Denis C. Theriault/Oregonian Staff

November 16, 2015

First Displaced Tenants Emergency Task Force  Meeting

Monday, 10am – 12 Noon
Multnomah County Downtown Library, 2nd Floor  Rm 2B
801 SW 10th Ave

JOIN OUR DISPLACED TENANTS EMERGENCY TASK FORCE 

November 13, 2015

Elders in Action Housing Committee Meeting

Friday, 10:30am

November 12, 2015

Portland African American Leadership Forum’s Portland Leadership Committee Housing Committee Meeting

Thursday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
At Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods 
4815 NE 7th Ave
http://aalfnw.org/portland/

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November 10, 2015

Download the Rent Control Tool-Kit for Free

November 6, 2015

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October 7, 2015
To City Hall We Go
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Following the September announcement by Mayor Hales declaring the City of Portland to be in a State of Emergency due to widespread rent increases, rampant tenant displacement and the ongoing homelessness crisis, the city council met to vote on the emergency declaration.

Tenants gave personal  testimony of their experience of displacement and rent burden and appealed to Mayor Hales and city commissioners to adopt a moratorium on no-cause evictions for 1 year and to increase the notice period of rent increases above 5% from 30 days to 1 year proposed by the Community Alliance of Tenants.  

A yes vote was given by the council on the Emergency Declaration, however both the 1 year moratorium and the 60 day notification requests were denied on legal grounds. Read October 8th post:

Both the Mayor and commissioners admitted that “This is not enough and more is needed” to provide the protections tenants need against rising rents and no-cause evictions.  Tenants now must spring into action to change Oregon state laws.

October 2, 2015

Jim Lockhart ShowA Growing Concern on Portland Cable Access  7 – 8 PM. Video and discussion on the Eviction of Terri Lee Tenants and the Portland Metro rental crisis.  Guy Berliner from Portland Tenants United joined Marih AlynClaire.

Portland Cable Access guru Jim Lockhart is one local activist “keepin’ the dream alive.” Lockhart produces and hosts A Growing Concern, a live weekly cable TV call-in program (7-8 pm Fridays, Channel 11; re-cast Sundays, Channel 23; Thursdays, Channel 22).

September 29 & 30, 2015
Tenant Meetings with displaced tenants at the Terri Lee Apartments  discussing their 60-day No-Cause Eviction.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
Tenants Renter SOS State of Emergency Press Conference Tuesday Sept. 15, 6 PM Peninsula Park
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September 8, 2015

Tenants State of Emergency Pre-Press Conference Release by Community Alliance of Tenants

http://oregoncat.org/wp-content/uploads/RenterSOS-Public-Full-Packet-Pre-Press-Conference-v3.pdf

August 17, 2015

Letters requesting Emergency Assistance and Provisions for displaced, low-income seniors and disabled tenants with Section 8 vouchers affected by extreme market rent increases sent to:

City of Portland Commissioners:

Dan Salzman  Commissioner of Public Affairs dan@portlandoregon.gov

Nick Fish Commissioner of Public Works nick@portlandoregon.gov

Home Forward Executives:

Michael Buonocore> Executive Director michael.buonocore@homeforward.org

Rebecca Resbit Rent Assistance Coordinator rebecca.resbit@homeforward.org

Dena Ford-Avery Director of Housing Choice Vouchers dena.ford-avery@homeforward.org/div>

We received an immediate response from Commissioner Saltzman and Home Forward director Michael Buonocore.  Both will be in communication discussing this issue and reporting back by August 30th.

We encourage tenants and other members of our community to call and send E-mail letters to city officials, giving testimony of how you or someone you know is being affected by the rent explosion, requesting their immediate response and plans for resolution.

It is a good idea to include your own creative thoughts and recommendations for new approaches.  Our goal is to be an active part of the solution, preventing an increase in the already over-saturated homeless population.

July 29, 2015

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Portland Leaders Support Anti-Displacement Proposals
  • Focus community involvement more on low-income residents and communities of color
  • Analyze and anticipate displacement and housing affordability when new developments are built
  • Require plans to reduce or mitigate displacement as much as possible
  • Promote “community benefits” agreements between neighborhoods and developers to reduce displacement

http://radixconsulting.org/advocacy.html

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2 thoughts on “Current Actions

  1. I came across your issue on the Growing Concern TV show and wanted to suggest the Investigative Reporting departments of local TV News shows – On KATU, for instance, I think it is callled ‘On Your Side, and the other local news show have similar departments, with reporters doing research and contacting the various parties – they do seem to get results at times, which they show on their newscasts – Also, the Willamette Weekly might be interested in the issue, and this would all be getting more public exposure for it. I wish you luck and hope that you are all taken care of

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