Tag Archives: Affordable Housing

Portland considers $9 million revenue bond for affordable housing

Revenue from short-term housing permits would fund housing bond. When the city of Portland legalized short-term rentals in 2014, the resulting tax revenue was directed toward an affordable housing investment fund. Now that the account has a $1 million balance — and Portland is desperately seeking solutions to its housing crisis — the city council […]
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Trump’s proposed budget cuts stir local concerns

Multiple programs in Oregon and the region would be eliminated or reduced if budget is adopted as proposed. The proposed $1.1 trillion budget proposal released by President Donald Trump Thursday, March 16, was greeted with howls of protests by Democratic leaders across the country — including Oregon — and many advocacy groups traditionally aligned with […]
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Bills would ease new dwellings on Oregon farmland

Advocates of House bills 2937 and 2938 say the proposals would help mitigate the state’s housing shortage without undermining protections for farmland. Two bills aimed at expanding affordable housing in rural Oregon would make it easier to build dwellings or permanently reside in recreational vehicles on farmland. Source: Oregon Local News – Bills would ease […]
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State rent control law is holding back local housing efforts | Opinion

Everyone in Oregon needs a safe, affordable place to call home. Not only is stable housing the only ethical and humane solution to our housing crisis in Oregon but it’s also good for business and the local economy. Like many parts of the state, Bend’s rental vacancy rate continues to hover below 1 percent and […]
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Owning home getting harder for minorities

Wealth gap growth in the Portland region as affordable homes within the urban growth boundary disappear. Rent increases are taking a well-recognized toll on Portland’s minority communities, pushing them out of their traditional neighborhoods to the edges of the region. Increasing home prices also are disproportionately hurting minorities by further reducing their chances to build […]
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Investors’ grip on local housing market leaves few options for buyers

The collision of investment dollars, population growth and changing demographics has created tight housing markets here and elsewhere. There is no escaping the role of investors in Jackson County, where the inventory of homes for sale is the lowest on record and rental vacancy is hugging 1 percent. More than a third of residences, or 38 […]
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Make Oregon’s biggest housing subsidy work for Coos County

The severe housing crisis afflicting Portland has received a lot of well-deserved media coverage, but not enough has been said about the housing challenges facing rural Oregon. According to a recent analysis by a state economist, when you look at the cost of housing in Coos County, you see that it is among the least […]
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Oregon’s rental crisis strains renters, potential homeowners

The ceiling of the bathroom in Keith and Lee Anne Troutman ‘s Stayton apartment is sagging and cracked. The linoleum on the floor curls up, and the two-bedroom unit is so lacking in insulation that the monthly heating bill typically tops $400. Source: Oregon’s rental crisis strains renters, potential homeowners

Proposed Oregon bill seeks to exclude second homes, ‘well-off’ from tax break

Three proposed bills in the Oregon Legislature aim to address housing affordability across the state. Two seek to increase homeownership by providing grants for low-income households and creating a task force to address racial disparities. The other would seriously alter a tax deduction used by hundred of thousands of Oregon homeowners. Source: Proposed Oregon bill […]
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 Former Gov. Roberts relates to rising rents

She stretches her income to help one of her sons cope with increases amounting to 50 percent in 18 months on a Portland apartment. Former Gov. Barbara Roberts confirms she is stretching her pension income to help one of her sons cope with his rising rent, which she says has jumped by 50 percent in […]
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