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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)

Tenants have to choose: will their belongings go into storage, or get tossed on to the kerb?’ Illustration: Bill Bragg

…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)

Personal belongings sit outside a California home after an eviction.

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.

Watered-down housing deal may end up more symbolic than effective, observers say (oregonlive.com)

Can Portland’s homeless emergency solution be found in Utah? (katu.com)

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.

(Chart by WWeek Staff 02/03/16)

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.

Luxury Apartments and Housing Vouchers: Not Enough for the Nation’s Poorest Renters (hfront.org)

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)

Demonstrators from 15 Now!, PDX Tenants Unite, and homeless advocacy groups set up a “Brownville” (think Hooverville) outside of the Oregon state capitol, demanding a higher minimum wage and legislation for rent control, inclusionary zoning, and real-estate transfer taxes.

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

Current Legislative Action on Inclusionary Zoning Senate Bill 1533

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.

City eyeing housing homeless in downtown parking garages (kgw.com)

Oregon House passes minimum wage hike after turbulent debate (oregonlive.com)

Watch: Protest erupts outside Kate Brown’s office over minimum wage, housing policy (oregonlive.com)

Feb 17, 2016

Dying on the streets: As the homeless age, a health care system leaves them behind (statnews.com)

Feb 16, 2016

Bureau of Housing Home for Everyone Initiative Working Session before City Council (youtube video)

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

Mayoral frontrunners challenged to sleep alongside homeless Portlanders (oregonlive.com)

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

This is Charlie Hales’ plan for allowing homeless camping in Portland (oregonlive.com)

Laura King has been living at a campsite in Creston Park with her girlfriend for at least two months.

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)

Portland’s Right 2 Dream Too homeless community could be moving to the eastside later this summer. The city is negotiating with the Oregon Department of Transportation to buy a vacant lot with views of the Tilikum Crossing. Dave Killen

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:

House Committee on Human Services and Housing Hearing 1/1/2016 (Video)

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:

  • Make it more difficult for landlords to end month-to-month leases after the first year of renting; require 90 day notice of rent increase;  (HB 4001)
  • Increase advance notice requirements for rent increases and termination of tenancy (HB 4143)

Finding housing in Portland rent crisis a burden for low income residents (kptv.com)

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

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)

A campsite in Creston Park involves multiple tents and homeless Portlanders.

City Council ready to approve Right 2 Dream Too move (oregonlive.com)

Too poor to retire and too young to die (latimes.com)

Where to go next? Despite hours of phone work, Westfall still doesn’t know whether she’s heading to Maryland for a door-to-door sales gig or to Georgia for a mall kiosk job

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)

Modern Rent Parties Highlight The Need For Affordable Housing (npr.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)

Jacqueline Hobbs carries her belongings to her room as her dog Angel tags along, January 14, 2016. The Sears Emergency Shelter in Multnomah opened in November 2015 and is often filled to capacity. Those staying at the shelter, and their accompanying pets, are shuttled from downtown to the shelter in the evening, and returned to downtown in the morning. Photo by Kristyna Wentz-Graff

Jan 22, 2016

Our Homeless Crisis: Woman behind showers on wheels talks homelessness and hygiene (oregonlive.com)

Lava Mae, a San Francisco nonprofit, offers homeless men and women free, portable showers. The organization took old city buses and turned them into mobile bathrooms. Guests get 15 minutes of privacy and a chance to clean up, a rare opportunity on the streets.

Homelessness (seandaviswriter.com)

Homeless Vietnam Veteran Daniel

Jan 20, 2016

Could a Rent Strike Work in Portland? (portlandmercury.com)

Jan 15, 2016

Portland Tenants United rally at City Hall (koin.com)

Hundreds rally in response to Portland housing crisis (katu.com)

Hundreds call for housing justice for renters at downtown Portland rally (kptv.com)

Renters rally for more rights in Portland (kgw.com)

Protest for equality (oregonlive.com)

Austin Rose, organizer for Portland Tenants United, speaks at a rally during the march. About 100 people marched through downtown Portland, January 15, 2016, protesting a variety of causes ranging from equality to homeless issues. Kristyna Wentz-Graff/Oregonian Staff

Jan 14, 2016

Janet Byrd: Housing crisis demands ‘something bold’ from Legislature (streetroots.org)

Jan 13, 2016

Want to help the middle class? More houses, please (cnbc.com)

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.

About 300 people gathered in a Southeast Portland community center to talk about the lack of affordable housing, Jan. 9, 2016 (KOIN)

Watch the entire 2 hour Legislative Housing Emergency Forum here.  Video by Jim Karlock.

Jan 8, 2016

Inside Portland’s emergency shelter for homeless families (KGW.com)

The only emergency shelter for families in Portland is over capacity nearly every night.

What L.A. leaders are saying about the city’s new homeless plan (latimes.com)

How the homeless population is changing: it’s older and sicker (theconversation.com)

Sheltering from the cold in Brooklyn. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

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

People hurt by Portland unaffordable housing tell their stories to the city council. Video By Politic.

73-year-old tenant has eviction reversed after supporters plan rally (KPTV.com)

“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)

Photo by Eli Duke (CC BY-SA 2.0) via Flickr.

More here.

Portland real estate magnates kick in big for a temporary downtown homeless shelter (bizjournals.com)

More here.

Los Angeles County rolls out plan to tackle homelessness (scpr.org)

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

How Some People Would Need to Work an 86-Hour Week to Make the Rent (realtor.com)

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

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Multnomah County’s never-opened Wapato jail sits idle in May, 2013. (Thomas Boyd/Oregonian Staff)

“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)

MENASHE PROPERTIES – The largely vacant Washington Center in downtown Portland will soon open as a temporary shelter for homeless men

Building owner Barry Menashe says homelessness is a personal issue for him.

DECEMBER 25, 2015

Homeless advocates criticize state agency for dismantling Pardee Camp (oregonlive.com)

 The Pardee Camp at Southeast Holgate Boulevard off of Interstate 205 has become home to as many as 10 people in the last month. (Photos by Vahid Brown)

The Pardee Camp at Southeast Holgate Boulevard off of Interstate 205 has become home to as many as 10 people in the last month. (Photos by Vahid Brown)

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

Israel Bayer is the Executive Director of Street Roots.

December 21, 2015

Redwood City Renters, Officials Face Off as Housing Crisis Intensifies (KQED.org)

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

Vancouver church halts homeless plan after threat (kgw.com)

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

West Coast Mayors Share Their Thoughts On Homelessness (opb.org)

“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

Listen here.

December 10, 2015

Portland Non-Profit To Build New Health Clinic And Apartment Complex (opb.org)

Artists rendering of the proposed Garlington Center on NE Martin Luther King Junior Blvd.

Artists rendering of the proposed Garlington Center on NE Martin Luther King Junior Blvd.

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.

Can’t find an apartment? Oregon’s vacancy rate was nation’s lowest, data show (oregonlive.com)

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Tenants of the 44 apartments of the Sovereign Apartments were notified in May they had until the end of the year to move out. In today’s red-hot rental market, similar “no-cause terminations” are becoming more common. (Jeff Manning, The Oregonian)

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)

Half of all renters can’t afford the rent (cnn.com)

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 Alyn-Claire.

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Nearly all new Portland-area housing units are rentals, data shows (oregonlive.com)

Footprint Northwest LLC of Seattle bought a single-family home on Northwest Thurman Street and built a five-story tower of 250-square-foot micro-units. They rent for up to $950 a month.

Footprint Northwest LLC of Seattle bought a single-family home on Northwest Thurman Street and built a five-story tower of 250-square-foot micro-units. They rent for up to $950 a month.  (Jeff Manning, The Oregonian)

December 2, 2015

Rising rental rates hit close to home (Wilsonville Spokesman)

Wilsonville residents protest skyrocketing prices, no-cause evictions.

Fred Rine moved to Wilsonville nine years ago. He said that rent increases will likely force him to leave the city before long. SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE

Fred Rine moved to Wilsonville nine years ago. He said that rent increases will likely force him to leave the city before long. SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE

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.

Watch the clip:  http://www.kptv.com/clip/12029664/home-flipping-seminar-draws-backlash-during-rental-crisis

Homeless veteran with 3 dogs helped by SE Portland community (KATU.com)

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.

Is hip Portland over? How the rent crisis is displacing the city’s creative soul (theguardian.com)

‘It’s already so different in so many ways. Everyone we know has been recently pushed out of their homes.’ Photograph: Ian Patrick/Alamy

‘It’s already so different in so many ways. Everyone we know has been recently pushed out of their homes.’ Photograph: Ian Patrick/Alamy

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.

Portland’s housing authority received ‘unprecedented’ number of rent increases (Oregonlive.com)

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

Man who ‘ended homelessness’ in Utah says Portland can do the same (KGW video)

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 

Gresham complex is latest Portland-area sale in record-setting apartment boom (Oregonlive.com)

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)

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The Sgt. Jerome Sears US Army Reserve Center, GOOGLE

November 11, 2015

Rising rents pushing out Portland’s young families, creative class (seattletimes.com)

Steven and Nola Olsen in front of their Portland apartment building with Aubrielle, left, 1, and Marcus, 3. Steven Olsen had hoped to raise his two children in Portland, but a recent $200 rent increase is forcing them to move back to Missouri. (Don Ryan/The Associated Press)

Steven and Nola Olsen in front of their Portland apartment building with Aubrielle, left, 1, and Marcus, 3. Steven Olsen had hoped to raise his two children in Portland, but a recent $200 rent increase is forcing them to move back to Missouri. (Don Ryan/The Associated Press)

Founder of Banking Startup Simple Warns His Silicon Valley Pals: Don’t Ruin Portland (wweek.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)

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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)

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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)

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

November 6, 2015

Infamous Lower Haight Landlord At It Again (Hoodline.com)

Tenants in San Francisco are forming a building association.

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November 5, 2015

Tough choice for domestic violence survivors: stay or be homeless (Streetroots.org)

Episode 1: #RenterSOS (Whyisntanyone.com) Podcast

Karen J Gibson

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)

Report: Portland led nation in monthly housing price gains between July and August (Oregonlive.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.   

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November 2, 2015

Commissioner Saltzman interview with Laural Porter on KGW’s Straight Talk (portlandonline.com)

November 1, 2015

Hood River, dealing with housing affordability issues, takes on short-term rentals (Oregonlive.com)

Second Step Housing helps clients find places to call home: Season of Sharing 2015 (Oregonlive.com)

October 31, 2015

Steve Duin: Unleash cities to address affordable housing (Oregonlive.com)

Portland Shelter Feels The Impact of No-Fault Evictions (opb.org)

October 30, 2015

Bend becoming unaffordable as hot-and-cold housing market rises again (Oregonlive.com)

October 28, 2015

UPDATE – Policy Initiatives to Address Housing Affordability Crisis (portlandonline.com)

October 27, 2015

City of Portland Releases Unprecedented Funding Amount for Affordable Housing (Portlandoregon.gov) (Click for NOFA Report PDF)

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 Charlie Hales Announces His Decision Not To Run For Re-Election  (Video)

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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

Wave of evictions leaves renters few options in record-setting apartment market (Oregonlive.com)

Mary Gabelsberger, 77, stands on the stoop of her Southeast Portland apartment where she has lived for the past 14 years, October 21, 2015. Mary and the other tenants of the apartment complex received 60-day eviction notices as the building undergoes renovations. Kristyna Wentz-Graff / Oregonian Staff

Mary Gabelsberger, 77, stands on the stoop of her Southeast Portland apartment where she has lived for the past 14 years, October 21, 2015. Mary and the other tenants of the apartment complex received 60-day eviction notices as the building undergoes renovations. Kristyna Wentz-Graff / Oregonian Staff

October 24, 2015

Developers Must Do More to Solve Portland’s Housing Crisis (OPINION)  (Oregonlive.com)

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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)

No Place to Call Home (KGW.com feature article) 

For low-income residents, SECTION 8 used to be the golden ticket for housing. Now it’s not enough.

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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)

Hawaii Governor Declares State of Emergency Over Homeless Plight (Time.com)

The proclamation will allow the state to fund the immediate construction of new homeless shelters as well as other programs that will open housing to the needy.

The proclamation will allow the state to fund the immediate construction of new homeless shelters as well as other programs that will open housing to the needy.

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)

According to Black's calculations, a move can cost a renter upward of $7,000.

According to Black’s calculations, a move can cost a renter upward of $7,000.

October 10, 2015

Portland least affordable housing market for construction workers; fourth-worst for teachers, report finds (Oregonlive.com)

October 2, 2015

Housing Bureau Director Kurt Creager Moderates City Club Forum: Portland’s Housing Crisis Part 1: Is Portland Facing a “Renter State of Emergency?” (portlandoregon.gov)

September 30, 2015

Portland’s Rent Spike Spreads East, Pressuring Low-Income Residents (Willamette Week)

One-Year Increase in Rent for a Two-Bedroom Apartment

One-Year Increase in Rent for a Two-Bedroom Apartment

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

Is Portland the next San Francisco? 4 takeaways from Metro’s discussion (Oregonlive.com)

Portland's Metro regional government hosted a discussion about lessons the area can learn from San Francisco. (The Associated Press)

Portland’s Metro regional government hosted a discussion about lessons the area can learn from San Francisco. (The Associated Press)

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

San Francisco reporter talks about the rental dystopia Portland hopes to avoid (Willamette Week)

September 9, 2015

A Summer of Evictions (PortlandMercury.com)

A rally and march on Friday, August 28 started at Portland City Hall. SHELBY R. KING

A rally and march on Friday, August 28 started at Portland City Hall. SHELBY R. KING

September 8, 2015

Wall Street Moves in on Portland Rental Homes (Investigate West invw.org)

Jana and Gavin Dluehosh’s St. Johns’ rental is one of more than 200 homes in the Portland area owned by American Homes 4 Rent. Leah Nash for INVESTIGATEWEST

Jana and Gavin Dluehosh’s St. Johns’ rental is one of more than 200 homes in the Portland area owned by American Homes 4 Rent. Leah Nash for INVESTIGATEWEST

“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

  1. The New Single-Family Home Renters of California, May 2015, Tenants Together.
  2. The Rise of the Corporate LandlordJuly 2014, Right to the City Alliance.
  3.  Renting From Wall Street, July 2014, Right to the City Alliance.
  4. Meet the New LandlordsSummer/Fall 2014, Center for American Progress.
  5. When Wall Street Buys Main StreetFebruary 2014, Center for American Progress.
  6. America’s Rental Housing2013, Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.
September 4, 2015

‘No Californians’ stickers being slapped on For Sale signs in Portland (Oregonlive.com)

Courtesy of Lori Fenwick

Courtesy of Lori Fenwick

August 25, 2015

http://housingtrustfundproject.org/housing-trust-fund-newsletter/ (Center for Community Change)

Roots of gentrification: How 1990s battle to end redlining changed history in North and NE Portland (Oregonlive.com)

February 1978 the city of Portland proposed to remove all buildings on four blocks including this one at Northeast Union and Skidmore Street, for development aimed at bringing jobs to the depressed Albina area.

February 1978 the city of Portland proposed to remove all buildings on four blocks including this one at Northeast Union and Skidmore Street, for development aimed at bringing jobs to the depressed Albina area.

August 23, 2015

Gentrification in Portland: the rising costs of buying or renting a home in the city (multcolib.org)

Gentrification in America Report (governing.com)

Washington, D.C., is one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in the country. (David Kidd)

Washington, D.C., is one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in the country. (David Kidd)

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)

Project promises to deliver at least 45 family-sized rental units, affordable to households earning up to 60% of the area median income (currently $39,720 for a family of three) with priority to households with historic ties to the N/NE Portland community.

Project promises to deliver at least 45 family-sized rental units, affordable to households earning up to 60% of the area median income (currently $39,720 for a family of three) with priority to households with historic ties to the N/NE Portland community.

AUgust 14, 2015

Renter Alert: Section 8 phishing scammers are cheating voucher holders seeking housing (oregoncat.org)

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.

JUNE 2015

Renting: Awful for Just About Everyone Right Now (theatlantic.com)

Twenty-five percent of Americans are spending more than half of their income just to keep a roof over their head.

Twenty-five percent of Americans are spending more than half of their income just to keep a roof over their head.

May 19, 2015

Make less than $16.61 an hour? You can’t afford a 2-bedroom apartment in Oregon (Oregonlive.com)

A map compiled by Northwest Pilot Project tracking affordable units lost downtown since 1979. Brad Schmidt | The Oregonian/OregonLive

A map compiled by Northwest Pilot Project tracking affordable units lost downtown since 1979. Brad Schmidt | The Oregonian/OregonLive

May 11, 2015

The Case for Giving Homes to the Homeless (citylab.com)

April 16, 2015

Homelessness Costs Los Angeles $100 Million a Year, Report Finds (Time.com)

Home Forward officials pledge 500 units of affordable housing in good Portland neighborhoods (Oregonlive.com)

APril 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

Just How High Can a Landlord Raise Your Rent Before It’s Illegal? (realtor.com)

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

Media Advisory: $20 Million Proposal to Address Displacement in North/Northeast Portland Will Go Before City Council (portlandonline.com)

Jan 17, 2015

Our Homeless Crisis: A close look at homelessness in Oregon starts this weekend (oregonlive.com)

Overview and links to 8-part series appear here.

Our Homeless Crisis (oregonlive.com)

January 2015

N/NE Neighborhood Housing Strategy Community Forum Summary Report (portlandoregon.gov) (Click for Summary Report PDF)

November 10, 2014

Affordable housing in South Waterfront: Portland officials recommend decreasing goals (Oregonlive.com)

October 2014

Why Middle-Class Americans Can’t Afford to Live in Liberal Cities (theatlantic.com)

Blue America has a problem: Even after adjusting for income, left-leaning metros tend to have worse income inequality and less affordable housing. Wikimedia Common

Blue America has a problem: Even after adjusting for income, left-leaning metros tend to have worse income inequality and less affordable housing. Wikimedia Common

July 10, 2014

Priced out in San Francisco (streetroots.org)

Activists claim evictions are up 115 percent from last year, due in part to the economic disparity between tech company workers and the rest of the community. Photo by REUTERS/Noah Berger

Activists claim evictions are up 115 percent from last year, due in part to the economic disparity between tech company workers and the rest of the community. Photo by REUTERS/Noah Berger

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.”

Feb, 2014

Unaffordable cities: this criminal lack of housing is a global scandal (theguardian.com)

On a planet of cities, affordability is social justice.

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