Tag Archives: Housing

Portland’s home prices still growing faster than most cities, but they’re slowing

Portland saw home prices jump by just under 1 percent in June, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller home price index, landing at a level 8.2 percent higher than a year earlier. Source: Portland’s home prices still growing faster than most cities, but they’re slowing | OregonLive.com

New housing for ‘unplaced’ Oregon foster youth, following DHS dispute

Since mid-2016, more than 130 Oregon children have spent at least one night as “unplaced foster youth” — meaning they had no foster family to go home to. But a soon-to-be opened temporary housing program is looking to change that. In the past, being unplaced could mean a night spent sleeping in an Oregon Department […]
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Average Portland Area Home Prices Up 9.3% in Last Year

Between July of 2016 and July of 2017, the average home price in the Portland Metro Area rose to $428,000. Portland area home prices have continued to climb, according to data released earlier this week on real estate sales. Source: Average Portland Area Home Prices Up 9.3% in Last Year – Willamette Week

Regionalizing the War on Homelessness

A California county is working to bring all stakeholders together to attack the problem far more effectively. The erudite Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once wrote that a “state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” In California […]
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Tackling a crisis | Housing the midvalley

Legislature attacks housing issues for second straight year. Lack of supply. High demand. Affordability. Low rental vacancy rates. Homelessness. Housing issues have taken on a new urgency in the mid-valley — and statewide. The Oregon Legislature has passed major housing measures at its past two sessions. In the 2016 short session lawmakers passed bills allowing construction […]
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Housing in Wallowa County: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Last week the Chieftain began a multi-part examination of the housing crisis in Wallowa County. This week we look at the issues surrounding substandard housing and the process of requesting variances to zoning. Any discussion about changing zoning in a community is met with concern by neighbors. When buying a house in an established subdivision, […]
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Legislature 2017: Lots of talk, little movement on real estate matters

Back at the beginning of the 2017 Oregon Legislative Session, there were big plans to end the state’s ban on rent control, kill no-cause evictions, limit tax on new construction and tweak some property tax measures. Source: Legislature 2017: Lots of talk, little movement on real estate matters – Portland Business Journal

Legislators Hash Out 15 Percent Rise in General Fund for DHS

Funding has been secured for Oregon Project Independence to allow seniors to stay in their homes, and for General Assistance, which helps disabled homeless people get housing. DHS will end its live-in caregiver program in October and the agency will also no longer allow private payers access to its registered home care workers. The Department […]
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How health care costs are linked to foreclosures

Sudden medical debt is a leading cause of bankruptcy, according to many studies. The Senate’s planned vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act this Thursday has turned this week into a frenzy of debate and deal-making among senators and Republican leaders. With the CBO score forthcoming—a review of the bill’s potential impact by the non-partisan […]
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Director’s Desk: With Legislature ignoring housing crisis, local progress is crucial — Opinion

Oregon lawmakers have never prioritized housing in a substantial way On the same day Multnomah County announced a 10 percent increase in people experiencing homelessness, Oregon announced cuts to emergency rent assistance. If that didn’t add enough insult to injury, the state also proposed a 6 percent cut to other general-fund expenditures from the current […]
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