Tag Archives: Affordable Housing

Astoria delves into housing study

Need for affordable and workforce housing. Though Astoria has plenty of places for people to live, the city’s housing stock is not fully serving residents, a countywide housing study concluded. The city remains short of affordable and workforce housing, as well as land that’s open and available to build new houses and apartments. Source: Astoria […]
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Editorial: Proposed home-sharing law ripe for abuse

The Legislature may not have enough days left for a bill that would give people a property tax break if they rent out rooms in their homes to low- to moderate-income people. And because the bill has at least one big problem, it’s just as well. Senate Bill 1045 seems well-intentioned. It would provide homeowners […]
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Legislature hurtles toward deadline

Major bills moved on Tuesday. With as few as eight working days left before it is required to adjourn, the Legislature on Tuesday played its own version of “Beat the Clock” in a frenzy of last-minute lawmaking. Bills dealing with a resurrected tobacco tax, increasing urban housing density and parental sick leave took important steps […]
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Opinion: Homelessness is a statewide crisis

I have a great deal of sympathy for Portland. A 2018 survey found more than half of Portlanders were dissatisfied with how the mayor and city council are addressing homelessness, and over a third of residents had considered leaving the city. As a city councilor in a rural community facing a similar crisis, I believe […]
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Lawmakers try to keep manufactured homes in the neighborhood

Legislation to protect affordable mobile homes and other housing faces uphill struggle for funding and approval. Mobile homes weren’t built to last forever. But state legislators like Rep. Pam Marsh, D-Ashland, don’t want them to just go away. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Lawmakers try to keep manufactured homes in the neighborhood

Bend legislation in limbo as session nears finish

Approaching end of 2019 session increases odds against some bills. The Capitol acted like a giant lawmaking percolator on Tuesday, pouring out bills from committee and onto the floor of the House and Senate. While the Legislature unveiled its higher education spending plan, voted on two key environmental bills and debated a carbon pollution cap, […]
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Eastern Oregon towns top affordability list

Four Eastern Oregon cities top a recent list of Oregon’s most affordable places to live, with Hermiston taking the No. 1 spot. The ranking comes from HomeSnacks, a web-based company in North Carolina that seeks to deliver “bite-sized infotainment about where you live.” The company stated it used median housing costs, median income and overall […]
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Let’s live here: Housing crunch makes relocating to Douglas County a challenge

Fly fishing on the Umpqua, riding on the Oregon Dunes, stopping for a meal and a night’s sleep before heading to Crater Lake. There are many reasons why people visit Douglas County as tourists. But what happens if those visitors decide they want to stay? This can be a great place to live, too. Provided […]
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Sources: Eudaly renter ideas still drawing flak

Plus, other cities fear Portland housing solution and greater survey input wanted. The changes City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly made to her most recent renter protection measures did not satisfy the leading landlord organizations. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Sources: Eudaly renter ideas still drawing flak

Bill aims for more, cheaper condos by making it harder for owners to sue builders

In Portland’s recent construction boom, condos have been a no-show. Even as for-rent apartments have gone up by the thousands, developers have built only a handful of for-sale condo buildings, and most of those in gleaming towers in the Pearl District with prices squarely in the luxury range. Source: Bill aims for more, cheaper condos […]
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