Tag Archives: Affordable Housing

Portland Housing Project – OPB’s Think Out Loud

More than 250,000 people are expected to move to Portland in the next 20 years. To accommodate all that growth, the city’s plan is to allow more duplexes and triplexes to be built in close-in neighborhoods. But some people say the new regulations will make building new housing financially impossible. And others say it will change the character […]
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A 1-Bedroom Apartment In Oregon Is Now Unaffordable For The Average Worker

A new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition gives a stark illustration of the rise in housing costs across Oregon: The average cost to rent a one-bedroom apartment is now beyond the means of the average full-time Oregon worker. The report looks at the average wage of renters and compares that to what a typical apartment […]
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Why are Salem apartments, rental houses so expensive?

Monthly apartment and house rent in the Salem area now exceeds what 84,000 Marion and Polk county residents can afford to pay. To afford a two-bedroom home in Oregon, you need a job paying at least $21.26 an hour, according to a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Source: Why are Salem apartments, rental houses so expensive?

Housing crisis is nationwide

A report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (nlihc.org/oor) confirms what Oregonians already know: The state is in the midst of a housing crisis. But the coalition also put Oregon’s crisis in context: The problem of housing affordability is nationwide in scope, which suggests a need for national solutions. In Oregon, a person needs […]
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Report: Housing affordability out of reach for many

In Coos County, a resident earning minimum wage will have to work at least 57 hours a week to afford a two-bedroom home within the county, according to a new study. The National Low Income Housing Coalition’s “Out of Reach” study found families looking to rent homes across the state are struggling to do so […]
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A minimum-wage worker can’t afford a 2-bedroom apartment anywhere in the U.S.

Nationally, one would have to earn $17.90 an hour to afford a modest one-bedroom apartment without spending more than 30 percent of income on housing, a common budgeting standard. Or $22.10 an hour for a two-bedroom rental. The economy’s booming. Some states have raised minimum wages. But even with recent wage growth for the lowest-paid […]
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With peak tourism season upon the North Coast, hospitality industry left with job vacancies

Affordable housing, lack of training factors in worker shortage. With the height of tourism season approaching, many in the restaurant and lodging industry will face throngs of visitors with incomplete crews. The worker shortage on the North Coast is a consistent but growing problem. With Clatsop County’s unemployment rate hovering around 4 percent, employers across […]
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Our Opinion: Metro’s new role in housing crisis

For this effort to succeed, voters and local officials in all the cities will need to commit to the idea that the affordable housing crisis is a regional problem requiring a regional solution. For years, lots of people, including us, have been saying that the lack of affordable housing is not just a problem in […]
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Public meetings set on statewide housing plan

The long-awaited Statewide Housing Plan is scheduled to be released by the end of this year or beginning of next. Oregon Housing and Community Services is scheduled to hear from the public this month on a long-awaited comprehensive plan laying out housing availability and ways to address housing needs in the state. Source: Pamplin Media […]
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Construction at record high

Housing affordability also still high, new study from Downtown Clean & Safe finds. Although the boom cranes are still up in record numbers, that isn’t helping affordability, according to a new study. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Construction at record high