Tag Archives: Affordable Housing

Central Oregon builders detail hurdles to affordability

Builders cite regulation, land costs, lack of labor. Housing in Central Oregon is expensive, and consumers aren’t the only ones frustrated by the situation. Participants in the Central Oregon Builders Association’s first breakfast panel discussion sounded off Tuesday about regulation, a labor shortage and the cost of developing land. All of those factors are contributing […]
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In Search of Affordable Housing, Barcelona Turns to Repossessed Homes

Spain’s second city is forcing banks to find tenants for properties they own, but leave empty. Don’t let an apartment you own sit empty, or the city may turn it into affordable housing for someone else. That’s the message this month from Barcelona, as it revives a controversial policy to force banks to do something […]
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Editorial: Measure would add a piece to housing puzzle

A constitutional amendment that will make it easier to finance affordable housing in the state is a step closer to the November ballot after Oregon’s attorney general has written a proposed ballot title. If approved by voters, the measure will enable local governments to sell bonds to help finance affordable housing projects by private businesses. […]
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Editorial: Measure would add a piece to housing puzzle

A constitutional amendment that will make it easier to finance affordable housing in the state is a step closer to the November ballot after Oregon’s attorney general has written a proposed ballot title. If approved by voters, the measure will enable local governments to sell bonds to help finance affordable housing projects by private businesses. […]
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Oregon needs to stop treating only the symptom of homelessness

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently reported that for every homeless person in America, there are two investment properties sitting vacant. Homelessness is a complex problem, but there are some aspects of it that are really quite simple. Some of us can afford one, two, three, or more homes, while others among us […]
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Housing Preference | Juvenile Probation – OPB’s Think Out Loud

In 2015, Portland kicked off a multi-million dollar affordable housing strategy in North and Northeast Portland that had a groundbreaking idea built in: give preference for housing and home loans to those who’d been displaced from the historically black and gentrifying neighborhoods. Three years later, the latest report from the strategy’s oversight committee expressed concern that […]
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Guest Opinion: Affordable housing: Is doing nothing an option?

The recent guest opinion by Ashland-based developer, Laz Ayala about the housing affordability crisis in the Rogue Valley said, “We need real solutions that address the crisis working families face today.” I wish that he had offered some. To the contrary, the point of his column was that, because of “market forces,” the private sector […]
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87 units of affordable housing reopen in $17 million private-public Salem partnership

A Salem housing complex reopened Monday, preserving affordable options for low-income residents and helping some in a city homeless relief program. Source: 87 units of affordable housing reopen in $17 million private-public Salem partnership

Supply and demand: Low inventory continues for hot mid-valley housing market

The housing market soared in the mid-Willamette Valley in 2017 thanks to a continued trend of high demand and low inventory, and homes are more expensive than they’ve ever been. Linn County saw the biggest gains locally, with an overall increase of nearly 15 percent, to $243,000, on the average sales price of a home, […]
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Portland official weighs in on affordable housing proposal across the street from her home

A member of Portland’s Historic Landmarks Commission did not recuse herself from a discussion about an affordable housing development proposed across the street from her Northwest Portland home.   Source: Portland official weighs in on affordable housing proposal across the street from her home | OregonLive.com