Mar 10, 2016
Report: Portland rent increases highest in country (portlandtribune.com)
According to the report, rent for a one-bedroom apartment jumped 14% between February and March, from $1,143 to $1,303, the highest percent of top 10 cities that saw increases.
Mar 9, 2016
Portland approves new process to review affordable housing (oregonlive.com)
Mar 8, 2016
One day, nine cruel evictions. How supersized inequality looks in the US (theguardian.com)
…nearly a decade on from the start of the subprime meltdown, big swaths of America are still deep in housing crisis…The families being evicted were all black…what this combination of a housing crisis and deep inequality does is trash lives and hopes,
Mar 3, 2016
Landmark housing bill wins final approval from Oregon Legislature (oregonlive.com)
Mar 2, 2016
The Challenge of Affordable Housing in Portland (seandaviswriter.com)
Mar 1, 2016
America’s Insidious Eviction Problem (theatlantic.com)
An on-the-ground look at how the practice of removing tenants from their homes is exacerbating cycles of poverty, especially among minorities and women.
Salt Lake City’s “Housing First” model dictates providing homes first, and then everything else can be dealt with more easily. More here.
Feb 24, 2016
The Plan for ending houselessness (portlandonline.com)
“Together, the City and County have allocated $20 million so far. This is in addition to the Council tripling the budget for the Portland Housing Bureau, over the seven years I have been in office and voting on budgets. The plan states; “What it takes to end homelessness: Do enough, for long enough”.
The question is now, are Portlanders willing to pay what it takes to do enough, for long enough?” Commissioner Amanda Fritz
Lawmakers progress on housing legislation (portlandtribune.com)
The bills were originally designed to help alleviate the housing crisis in Oregon, but the watered down compromise versions will do little to make housing more affordable for those with incomes below 80% of the median family income (the 4-Person MFI is $73,900 in Portland), nor will they assist tenants receiving no-cause evictions.
Feb 23, 2016
How Making Eviction Easier Became a Hot New Industry (bloomberg.com)
Landlords now have a cheaper way to get rid of tenants. In 2014, landlords nationwide started 3.4 million evictions. That kind of volume has created a fertile market for companies that offer to assist with such cases.
The national average of what a 4-person extremely low income household can afford in rent without experiencing a cost burden is $509. Low vacancy rates allow landlords to turn down voucher holders in favor of unassisted renters.
Feb 18, 2016
Tent city pops up on capitol steps in Salem (koin.com)
Tents were set up on the steps of the state capitol in Salem Thursday as part of a rally for affordable housing, calling for a statewide housing state of emergency.
The message we’re bringing here today is that we have a state of emergency in the state of Oregon when it comes to housing and people’s ability to get by. And that the legislature needs to be taking a look at the whole problem and taking aggressive action to fix it.” protester Pete Hybertsen
Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue takes up the inclusionary zoning bill today at a public hearing at the Capitol at 8:30am. Lawmakers must come together and have a bill ready to pass out of the committee by Tuesday in order to meet the deadline for possible passage in this year’s session. A disturbing amendment has been proposed defining “Affordable Housing” as housing affordable to households with incomes 80 percent or more of the median family income. Watch the public hearing. A representative of the Inclusionary Zoning Coalition testified at marker 37:20 of the video, giving support for the unamended version of SB1533.
Oregon House passes minimum wage hike after turbulent debate (oregonlive.com)
Feb 17, 2016
Feb 16, 2016
The session details the initiative strategies for addressing the emergency housing crisis facing Portland. At the 1:41 marker on the video Mark Jolin, Initiative Director, outlines budget recommendations for making 1350 rapid rehousing and permanent placements of homeless and soon to be homeless very-low income citizens.
Feb 13, 2016
Feb 12, 2016
Mayoral Panel Addresses Homelessness on February 12, 2016 (youtube.com video)
Portland Mayoral Forum at the Union Gospel Mission:
Candidates: David Shore, Ted Wheeler, Jules Bailey, Jessie Stromberg, Sean Davis, and Sarah Iannarone.
Feb 11, 2016
The trauma of housing instability (streetroots.com)
Ted Wheeler wants rules for just-cause evictions in Portland (oregonlive.com)
Ted Wheeler Proposes Tenants’ Bill of Rights (tedwheeler.com)
The Tenants’ Bill of Rights outlines several key renter protections:
- a city office within the Housing Bureau dedicated to landlord-tenant affairs
- a Just Cause eviction requirement
- improvements that will result in more affordable housing construction
- an improved application and rental process
Soaring rents in Portland lead to more evictions and homelessness (theguardian.com)
“There is a direct relationship between increasing rent costs and people experiencing homelessness, many for the first time. For some, they were living on a limited, fixed income that allowed them to just get by, and then their rent increased and pushed them over the edge.” Stacy Borke, director of Housing Services at Transition Projects
Feb 10, 2016
Feb 8, 2016
The strategy focuses on four key areas: overnight sleeping on city sidewalks, city-sanctioned campsites, designated property where homeless Portlanders can legally camp in cars or RVs, and more temporary shelter space.
Hales: Portlanders should tolerate more homeless camping (Portlandtribune.com)
Feb 4, 2016
Vote delayed on Right 2 Dream Too’s move (oregonlive.com)
The city is trying to move the R2D2 camp from Old Town Chinatown to the Central Eastside.The hearing was rescheduled to Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.
Feb 2, 2016
Portland Tenants United Leads a New Call for Organizing Against Evictions and Displacement (hamptoninstitution.org)
“No-cause eviction is a form of bullying that is sanctioned by the state of Oregon. It’s hard to fight back against a bully. It’s expensive. It’s time consuming. People lose heart. People leave town. It’s usually a losing proposition, unless we as tenants stand together. We have each other.” PTU Organizer
Feb 1, 2016
Testimony Submitted By Housing Activists Before Oregon Legislature
Community outreach volunteer Nathan Starr of Tenants Priced Out, Margot Black of Portland Tenants United, Chloe Eudaly with That’s a Goddamned Shed (facebook site), and volunteer Deborah Olson and Executive Director Justin Buri with Community Alliance of Tenants all gave testimony before the Oregon Legislature’s Human Services and Housing Committee led by Committee Chair Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer in favor of Housing Relief Act Bill 4001/LC284.
Though the turnout from the activist community was very small, in addition to the above, Susan Madar, Housing Commission Chair with Elders in Action, Marih Alyn-Claire with Tenants Priced Out and a few others also made an appearance at the hearing today. These faithful few held out through 4 hours of grueling testimony for and against the bill that included inclusionary zoning and no-cause eviction renter protections. You can view the video from the link below:
Amid housing crisis, Legislature searches for answers (statesmanjournal.com)
On Monday, the Senate Committee on Human Services and Early Childhood considered four bills that would:
- Allow municipalities to set the sale or rental price for up to 30 percent of new housing units (SB 1533)
- Allow expedited inclusion into urban growth boundaries for land allocated to affordable housing (SB 1548)
- Repeal the ban on inclusionary zoning requirements; allow municipalities to require multi-unit developments including at least 10 percent affordable units; create a tax credit for affordable housing developers; allow Metro to consider urban growth boundary expansion (SB 1575)
- Allow the state to buy or build housing for low income residents (SB 1582)
The House Committee on Human Services and Housing is also considering a package of bills that would boost tenant protections. Those bills would:
The homeless are aging too (mercatornet.com)
In the early 1990s, only 11 percent of the adult homeless population in the United States was aged 50 and over. It increased to 37 percent by 2003, and today half of America’s homeless are over 50.
Jan 30, 2016
Portland Tenants United Open House drew a huge turnout today. Over one hundred attendees shared their stories, received information about tenants organizing, bought T-shirts, munched on treats and celebrated. Here is a short video taken during the group photo shoot:
Jan 29, 2016
Homelessness: Portland mayor quietly tolerating tent camping (oregonlive.com)
City Council ready to approve Right 2 Dream Too move (oregonlive.com)
Too poor to retire and too young to die (latimes.com)
Jan 28, 2016
The End of the Joyce Hotel: Where will the homeless go? (streetroots.org)
After decades of being in operation, Portland’s Joyce Hotel for the homeless is closing due to the sale of the building. All occupants have received a “no-cause” eviction notice and will have to be out by March 30th 2016. Read about it in Street Roots.
Jan 26, 2016
Community Power Wins Affordable Housing in Oakland (thestreetspirit.org)
Almost 2 million Americans who pay more than half their incomes on rent are seniors, often with fixed incomes. Others are workers whose wages have gone down over the past decade while rents keep going up.
Jan 25, 2016
All About The Portland Tenants Union (KBOO.fm audio)
Portland rents expected to rise more than most U.S. cities this year (bizjournals.com)
Real estate company Zillow is forecasting that Portland will have the sixth-highest rental appreciation in the entire nation this year.
Jan 24, 2016
Our Homeless Crisis: For women, few services and plenty of danger (oregonlive.com)
Jan 22, 2016
Jan 20, 2016
Could a Rent Strike Work in Portland? (portlandmercury.com)
Jan 15, 2016
Portland Tenants United rally at City Hall (koin.com)
Protest for equality (oregonlive.com)
Jan 14, 2016
Janet Byrd: Housing crisis demands ‘something bold’ from Legislature (streetroots.org)
Jan 13, 2016
Jan 12, 2016
Portland, Multnomah County hit goal to house homeless vets (oregonlive.com)
Jan 11, 2016
Portland Tenants United: Confronting the Rental Crisis In Portland (KBOO Talk Radio)
Listen to the recorded program here beginning at about minute 7:00.
Jan 9, 2016
‘People are terrified of being evicted’ (koin.com)
The lack of affordable housing is increasing homelessness, crime, suicide and illnesses.
Watch the entire 2 hour Legislative Housing Emergency Forum here. Video by Jim Karlock.
Jan 8, 2016
The only emergency shelter for families in Portland is over capacity nearly every night.
How the homeless population is changing: it’s older and sicker (theconversation.com)
On any given night in the United States, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, over half a million people are without a home. Today half of America’s homeless are over 50. In fact, people born in the second half of the baby boom (1955-1964) have had an elevated risk of homelessness compared to other age groups throughout their lives.
Jan 7, 2016
“It shouldn’t take this sort of all volunteer effort to keep a 73-year-old man in his home who should never have gotten a no-cause eviction in the first place.” Margot Black, pro-tenant activist
Wapato to Become Homeless Shelter? (theskanner.com)
Jan 5, 2016
11 Tiny House Villages Redefining Home (sharable.net)
Homeless village in Travis County starting to bear fruit (Austin American-Statesman)
Jan 4, 2016
According to a report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, at the federally mandated minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, Americans would have to work an average of 86 hours a week to afford a one-bedroom apartment for the 2015 fair market rent of $806.
December 31, 2015
Use Wapato As A Homeless Shelter (OregonLive)
Opinion by Jeff Woodward – Activist
“For those who say that Wapato would cost too much: How much is a life worth? Since Wapato finished construction, according to the Multnomah County coroner, over 500 souls have perished on the streets of Portland, knowing that their city had let them down. Ironically, this is almost the same number of beds that have been available at the facility.” Jeff Woodward, Activist
December 30, 2015
Temporary men’s shelter to open downtown (portlandtribune.com)
Building owner Barry Menashe says homelessness is a personal issue for him.
DECEMBER 25, 2015
December 23, 2015
Director’s Desk: Portland’s housing crisis, today and tomorrow (streetroots.org)
“The Welcome Home Coalition estimates that we are currently short a minimum of 24,000 affordable-housing units in Multnomah County…How will plans for affordable housing and homeless services be implemented? It’s called A Home for Everyone. The group is made up of both the public and private sector and is working on implementing a very complex strategy. That strategy includes investing in ending veterans homelessness, new shelters, expanding housing placement for women, children and youth, looking at legal campgrounds and investing in building affordable housing.” Israel Bayer
December 21, 2015
December 20, 2015
Families in search of secure housing face ‘vicious cycle’ (Columbian.com)
“We built a homelessness system that is almost 100 percent reliant on the private rental market. The private rental market dynamics right now don’t support that relationship. The housing market broke the homelessness system.”ANDY SILVER, COUNCIL FOR THE HOMELESS
December 18, 2015
It’s not hard to be an ethical landlord (48hills.org)
December 17, 2015
A plan to put modified garden sheds on church property as temporary emergency housing for the homeless is on hold, while a group of government and civic partners find a new location to put them…The huts will be 8×10 foot solid-wall garden sheds, but with windows, a locking door, and insulation. The project hopes to house about 50 women, adult couples without children and elderly men.
Mayoral Candidate Wants Millionaires Tax For Affordable Housing (kgw.com)
David Schor, the Assistant Attorney General for the Oregon Department of Justice, states:
“If we look at where new income has gone, more than half of the increase has gone to the top 1 percent of earners,” he said. “That’s an opportunity for Portland.”
December 16, 2015
A New Hope for Affordable Housing (PortlandMercury.com)
Will Oregon Lift the Ban on Inclusionary Zoning in 2016?
December 15, 2015
East Portlanders see gentrification coming, call for action (oregonlive.com)
December 11, 2015
“The housing affordability crisis affects us all. And Mayor Lee doesn’t want to ‘be San Francisco in this sense either’ … where the tech community that’s flourishing in all four of our cities is creating great prosperity, but the ability of working people to afford housing is going out the window … So, yes, I’ll stand by my statement: We don’t want to be San Francisco in the sense of their housing crisis.” Mayor Charlie Hales
December 10, 2015
Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is spending $14 million on an apartment complex for veterans, people with mental disabilities and low-income families, and $9 million on a new integrated clinic.
Wake Up, America: We’re in a Housing Crisis (realtor.com)
According to a Harvard 2015 report on rental housing, “only 10% of newly constructed units had asking rents under $850, a level that about half of all renters could afford.” As of 2015, 49% of renting households are cost-burdened, meaning that they struggle to pay their other bills because of the high cost of rents, and 26% are severely cost-burdened.
58.5 Percent of Los Angeles Renters Can’t Afford Their Rent (la.curbed.com)
December 9, 2015
A first look at Cascadia Behavioral’s ambitious combo services center (bizjournals.com)
A First Look At Cascadia Behavioral’s Garlington Center (cascadiabhc.org)
Bend City Council ups affordable housing fee (Bendbulletin.com)
December 3, 2015
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 Alyn-Claire.
Nearly all new Portland-area housing units are rentals, data shows (oregonlive.com)
December 2, 2015
Rising rental rates hit close to home (Wilsonville Spokesman)
Wilsonville residents protest skyrocketing prices, no-cause evictions.
Power Goes Out. Rent Goes Up. (wweek.com)
Portland is failing to protect most tenants from landlords who let apartments decay.
November 24, 2015
Home flipping seminar draws backlash during rental crisis (Fox 12 Video)
Margot Black of Renters PDX speaks out about the impact the rental housing crisis is having on her family. Katrina Holland, Deputy Director at Community Alliance of Tenants, also weighs in.
Latest sale of East County apartment complex breaks Fairview record (Oregonlive.com)
A Southern California buyer paid $136 per square foot, a Fairview record, for the 154-unit complex at 20650 N.E. Halsey St.
November 23, 2015
Rent hikes, busted deals, budget constraints: Take 3 for Politics (Oregonlive.com text and video)
There have been nearly 500 rent increases in a month for Section 8 Voucher holders per Home Forward, the Portland Housing Authority.
A significant political movement has arisen to pressure the city and outgoing mayor Charlie Hales to implement affordable housing measures in Portland’s new comprehensive plan, which is supposed to direct planning and growth for the next 25 years.
November 20, 2015
Fritz: Homeless problem worse than we thought (KGW Video)
More neighborhoods will be asked to consider homeless camps.
November 19, 2015
Record number of section 8 rent hike requests (KGW Video)
Portland’s growth is pricing out the poor. Portland’s housing authority, Home Forward, has received 3000 landlord requests to raise rent on section 8 tenants this year, but section 8 vouchers only help cover rent up to a certain cap.
The Section 8 Voucher dilemma in this rental crisis market is further explained. Caps on federal subsidies covering rental increases are three years behind actual values, A Section 8 Success Fund has been approved.
November 18, 2015
Oregon has more than 12,000 homeless people and 50 percent of those are unsheltered, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In Utah, there are about 3,000 homeless people.
November 17, 2015
Housing crisis lands on Oregon lawmakers’ growing 2016 agenda (Oregonlive.com)
Oregon has 131,000 “extremely low-income” households but just 28,500 available units in their price range.
“The problem is they can’t build it fast enough for people whose lives are about to go over a cliff. We’ll never be able to build our way out of this crisis.”
NOVEMBER 13, 2015
Cost per apartment unit continues its steep rise.
“The trend has coincided with steeply rising rents and low vacancies for renters and potential renters.”
The City’s Planning to Shuttle Homeless Women To A New SW Portland Shelter (PortlandMercury.com)
November 11, 2015
Rising rents pushing out Portland’s young families, creative class (seattletimes.com)
So You’re Moving To Portland (al3x.net)
“You can be a consumer of the city – a lifestyle shopper – or you can get involved. … Portland can continue to be “The City that Works” or it can be yet another city that exploits its workers as it becomes a playground for the wealthy.”
November 9, 2015
The New Rent Control Wars (Beyondchron.org)
November 7, 2015
Renter Protections Ordinance 187380 Goes into effect 11/13/15 (Click for Ordinance PDF) (portlandonline.com)
Strengthen Social Security and Make Wealthy CEOs Pay Their Fair Share (act.credoaction.com)
Join Elizabeth Warren’s Social Security Campaign by Signing the Petition.
When the Rich Took Over Our Neighborhood (BillMoyers.com)
In New York’s Greenwich Village “expensive housing and other amenities for the rich … are obliterating the very things that made this area an attractive place to live in the first place.”
The Long Dark Shadows of Plutocracy (Video – Moyers and Co)
President Obama, HUD Lower Housing Hurdles For Persons With a Criminal Record (AffordableHousingOnline.com)
November 6, 2015
Infamous Lower Haight Landlord At It Again (Hoodline.com)
Tenants in San Francisco are forming a building association.
November 5, 2015
Tough choice for domestic violence survivors: stay or be homeless (Streetroots.org)
Episode 1: #RenterSOS (Whyisntanyone.com) Podcast
This podcast addresses the Renter’s State of Emergency in Portland, talks about the state ban on inclusionary zoning for affordable housing, and references this historic document by Professor Karen J Gibson:
Bleeding Albina: A History of Community Disinvestment, 1940-2000 (Click for PDF)
November 4, 2015
Richmond Activists Plan to Launch New Ballot Drive for Rent Control (EastBayExpress.com)
November 3, 2015
Landlord issues notices to tenants regarding marijuana use on premises
Though Oregon gave residents the legal green light to use marijuana in private without penalty, Canyon residents received a notice prohibiting this practice, warning of possible cause for termination of tenancy.
November 2, 2015
Commissioner Saltzman interview with Laural Porter on KGW’s Straight Talk (portlandonline.com)
November 1, 2015
October 31, 2015
Steve Duin: Unleash cities to address affordable housing (Oregonlive.com)
October 30, 2015
October 28, 2015
UPDATE – Policy Initiatives to Address Housing Affordability Crisis (portlandonline.com)
October 27, 2015
The Portland Housing Bureau has partnered with Multnomah County, the Portland Development Commission, and Home Forward to make $61.6 million available for affordable housing.
The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) outlines the City’s priorities for the funding, which include:
- $7.5 million for affordable housing development to support the priorities of the A Home for Everyone homelessness initiative.
- $10 million, plus at least 40 Project-Based Section 8 vouchers, to develop one City-owned property and one County-owned property in North/Northeast Portland, in accordance with the priorities of the N/NE Neighborhood Housing Strategy to mitigate displacement in the area.
- $5 million for development in the Lents area, plus a PDC-owned site.
Proposals will be due in January with award announcements expected to follow by March.
October 26, 2015
Mayor Hales announced that, instead of spending time campaigning for another term, he will focus on the problems of the city — including housing, opening shelters for the homeless, inclusionary zoning etc. for the next 14 months as he completes his term of office.
OCTOBER 25, 2015
October 24, 2015
Developers Must Do More to Solve Portland’s Housing Crisis (OPINION) (Oregonlive.com)
Portland Commissioner Nick Fish appeals to developers to build affordable housing.
“No one gets a free pass in this housing crisis.”
October 23, 2015
City to Shift an Additional $66.7 Million into Affordable Housing (portlandonline.com)
For low-income residents, SECTION 8 used to be the golden ticket for housing. Now it’s not enough.
Sara Roth, reporter with KGW, outlines some of the causes underlying Portland’s housing crisis affecting recipients of subsidized housing Section 8 vouchers and explains how Section 8 works — featuring two tenants: Marih Alyn-Claire and Wendy Coates-Caldwell.
She also discusses the proposed funding, to be made available by the City of Portland, Multnomah County, and the Portland Housing Bureau, totaling around $156 million to build more affordable housing.
OCTOBER 21, 2015
Portland, I Love You but You’re Forcing Me Out (wweek.com)
An artist explains why she’s leaving town.
“I can’t believe how fast rents went from reasonable to are-you-kidding?”
October 18, 2015
“A carrot for developers to build affordable housing” (Oregonian editorial)
October 16, 2015
Statement from Commissioner Saltzman Regarding TIF Set-Aside (portlandonline.com)
October 15, 2015
Press Release: Saltzman Proposal for Tenant Protections Passes City Council (portlandonline.com)
October 14, 2015
New Pearl District Development Will House Homeless Families (portlandoregon.gov)
The Hidden Costs of Moving Unexpectedly (PortlandMercury.com)
October 10, 2015
October 2, 2015
September 30, 2015
Portland’s Rent Spike Spreads East, Pressuring Low-Income Residents (Willamette Week)
September 29, 2015
Fair Housing Community Meeting: Evidence of Barriers to Housing Choice (portlandoregon.gov)
September 25, 2015
City Releases Final Report on State of Housing Market and Affordability (portlandoregon.gov) (Click for Report PDF)
Final State of Housing report (see April for Preliminary Report) that talks about each neighborhood of Portland, from Commissioner Dan Saltzman’s Housing Bureau.
SEPTEMBER 24, 2015
State of Housing Report & Policy Initiatives to Address Housing Crisis (portlandonline.com)
Keep Portland renters in their homes; it’s an emergency (streetroots.org)
September 22, 2015
Working class priced out, kicked out in new Portland housing boom (Oregonlive.com)
September 21, 2015
September 17, 2015
Groundswell pushes housing issues to the forefront in Portland (streetroots.org)
September 16, 2015
Press Release: Commissioner Saltzman Proposes New Protections for Portland Renters (portlandonline.com)
September 15, 2015
September 9, 2015
A Summer of Evictions (PortlandMercury.com)
September 8, 2015
Wall Street Moves in on Portland Rental Homes (Investigate West invw.org)
“As American Homes 4 Rent continues to acquire homes, the company reported revenues nearly tripled between 2013 and 2014.
As of June 30, American Homes 4 Rent owned 37,491 houses in 22 states.”
The end of this article cites:
Six Additional Resources on Rentals
- The New Single-Family Home Renters of California, May 2015, Tenants Together.
- The Rise of the Corporate Landlord, July 2014, Right to the City Alliance.
- Renting From Wall Street, July 2014, Right to the City Alliance.
- Meet the New Landlords, Summer/Fall 2014, Center for American Progress.
- When Wall Street Buys Main Street, February 2014, Center for American Progress.
- America’s Rental Housing, 2013, Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.
September 4, 2015
August 25, 2015
http://housingtrustfundproject.org/housing-trust-fund-newsletter/ (Center for Community Change)
August 23, 2015
Gentrification in America Report (governing.com)
August 17, 2015
Mayor Hales announces two cornerstone projects in NE Portland (portlandoregon.gov)
Mayor Hales and Commissioner Saltzman announce Northeast Portland affordable housing project (portlandoregon.gov blog)
AUgust 14, 2015
JULY 28, 2015
Fed-up Portland renters assemble to strike back (Portlandtribune.com)
July 14, 2015
Press Release: Commissioner Saltzman Announces New Housing Bureau Director (portlandonline.com)
Kurt Creager named Portland Housing Bureau director (Oregonlive.com)
June 18, 2015
11-point plan strives to slow gentrification (Portlandtribune.com)
“As the city redraws its state-mandated comprehensive land-use plan to guide development and zoning over the next 20 years, it’s poised to include new strategies to ward off displacement of residents when neighborhoods grow more desirable.”
June 10, 2015
Pay Up or Get Out (PortlandMercury.com)
Portland is pricing out its senior citizens and other vulnerable groups.
“We’re processing 300 rent increases every month,” says Jill Smith, Home Forward’s chief operations officer.
Renting: Awful for Just About Everyone Right Now (theatlantic.com)
May 19, 2015
May 11, 2015
The Case for Giving Homes to the Homeless (citylab.com)
April 16, 2015
State of Housing in Portland, Phase One Report (Click for Report PDF) (Portlandoregon.gov)
An April Phase One State of Housing Report (see Sept 25 for final report) that talks about each neighborhood of Portland, from Commissioner Dan Saltzman’s Housing Bureau.
March 27, 2015
January 28, 2015
N/NE Neighborhood Housing Strategy (portlandoregon.gov) (Click for 5-Year Recommendation Executive Summary PDF)
Addressing the history of displacement/gentrification and its impact on communities of color was a top Portland Housing Bureau priority in developing a community process to shape this housing plan.
January 26, 2015
Jan 17, 2015
Overview and links to 8-part series appear here.
Our Homeless Crisis (oregonlive.com)
N/NE Neighborhood Housing Strategy Community Forum Summary Report (portlandoregon.gov) (Click for Summary Report PDF)
November 10, 2014
Why Middle-Class Americans Can’t Afford to Live in Liberal Cities (theatlantic.com)
July 10, 2014
Priced out in San Francisco (streetroots.org)
May 19, 2014
Senate Bill Falls Short of Equitable Transportation Agenda (equityblog.org)
Congress and the Administration should work together to pass a surface transportation bill that connects all to opportunity. The GROW AMERICA Act proposed by the Administration is a good starting point for the development of such legislation.
April 14, 2014
SF’s Housing Crisis Explained (techcrunch.com)
“Today, the tech industry is apparently on track to destroy one of the world’s most valuable cultural treasures, San Francisco, by pushing out the diverse people who have helped create it. … It doesn’t have to be this way. But everyone who lives in the Bay Area today needs to accept responsibility for making changes where they live so that everyone who wants to be here, can.”
Unaffordable cities: this criminal lack of housing is a global scandal (theguardian.com)
On a planet of cities, affordability is social justice.