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Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconFebruary 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm

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Tune-in to - OPB Think Out Loud - (Wednesday 2/10 at 12pm) - For Oregon ON member Diane Linn's (Proud Ground Exec. Director) thoughts on how inclusionary zoning and land use planning should play into any legislation passed by Oregon lawmakers.

http://www.opb.org/radio/programs/thinkoutloud/segment/affordable-housing-plans-preserving-yemen-history/

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February 8, 2016 at 8:50 am

Oregon Opportunity Network shared Oregon Inclusionary Zoning Coalition's post.

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Oregon Inclusionary Zoning Coalition

From the Mail Tribune in Southern Oregon: "People who go to work every day, who are not poor, but still cannot afford even that standard of living — 28 percent of Jackson County households — would benefit the most from inclusionary zoning ... It's time Oregon joined the vast majority of the country and permitted this modest effort to help struggling families."

The time to lift the ban on inclusionary zoning is NOW! Have you contacted your Senator and Representative to ensure that your voice is being heard?

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconFebruary 3, 2016 at 1:06 pm

Check out this Medford Mail Tribune editorial in support of lifting the ban on inclusionary zoning:

"The important thing to remember about Senate Bill 1533 is that it merely allows cities to adopt inclusionary zoning; it does not require any city to do so — in essence, increasing local control....It's time Oregon joined the vast majority of the country and permitted this modest effort to help struggling families."

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Our View: Lift the ban on inclusionary zoning

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It's no secret that many families in Jackson County are struggling financially, and one of the biggest hurdles they face is finding housing they can

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconFebruary 2, 2016 at 8:55 pm

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Two Big Housing Hearings on Opening Day - Feb. 2 (with images, tweets) · NPartnerships

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Highlights from the HB 4001 and SB 1533 hearings, which saw a great turnout of supporters. Elected officials, tenants, and advocates from all over Oregon shared why we need tenant protections and inclusionary zoning now. Let's make 2016 a session for housing opportunity!

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconFebruary 2, 2016 at 12:23 pm

Proud of Oregon ON members along with many partners, including local electeds from Wasco County, Talent, Lincoln County, Milwaukie, Corvallis; and many courageous tenants, who advocated for housing opportunity yesterday in Salem.

The 20,000 schoolchildren experiencing homelessness in our state need bold and immediate action from our legislators, including lifting the ban on IZ for both single-family and rental homes (SB 1533) and passing the Housing Relief Act, which includes reasonable, fair renter protections (HB 4001).

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With knives out, Oregon Legislature sets off on 35-day sprint

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It was clear that this 35-day session — packed with proposals to raise the minimum wage, solve the state's housing crisis and reform foster care — will not be easy.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconFebruary 1, 2016 at 4:53 pm

Oregon Opportunity Network added 3 new photos.

We were excited to be in packed hearing rooms in Salem today, in support of SB 1533 to lift the ban on Inclusionary Housing, SB 1582 to roll out the new LIFT housing development bonds, and HB 4001, the Housing Relief Act including tenant protections and lifting the IZ ban. These are just three of the many policy and resource bills to increase housing opportunity this session.

We heard today from local elected officials from Wasco, Hood River, Lincoln, Washington and Multnomah Counties; mayors of Talent and Milwaukie; teachers, social workers, health experts, faith communities, nonprofit and for-profit developers and many more in support of housing opportunity. We are looking to the Legislature to take bold action this session to tackle our state's housing crisis. Get more info and find out how you can get involved: https://www.oregonhousingalliance.org/2016agenda/

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January 31, 2016 at 4:18 pm

Oregon Opportunity Network shared Oregon Housing Alliance's post.

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Oregon Housing Alliance

The need for housing opportunity is impacting communities throughout our state. Read how--and learn how you can make change here.

Oregon Opportunity Network
January 29, 2016 at 9:57 am

Oregon Opportunity Network shared Oregon Housing Alliance's post.

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Oregon Housing Alliance

It's time! Important tenant protections and inclusionary zoning bills will be heard on Monday, the first day of session. Let's make it count--check out our easy guide on how to support housing opportunity and submit testimony.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJanuary 27, 2016 at 5:51 am

Oregon Opportunity Network shared Welcome Home Coalition's event.

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Welcome Home Leadership Academy

Welcome Home Leadership Academy

We invite you (front-line staff, previous or current affordable housing residents, and affordable housing advocates) to attend our monthly leadership academy and learn effective skills to advocates for affordable housing.

We have moved to a new space for the new year (Rosewood Intitiative) and we hope you bring yourself and a friend to this inspiring and engaging event!

Food, bus passes, childcare provided. Bilingual(English and Spanish) program.

Te invitamos (personal de servicio directo, anterior o presente residentes de viviendas asequibles, y defensores de vivienda asequible) a acompañar nuestra academia de liderazgo y aprender habilidades efectivas para apoyar para viviendas aequibles.

Nos hemos mudado a un nuevo espacio para el nuevo año (Rosewood Initiative) y esperemos que usted trae un amigo a este evento inspirador y marivilloso!

Comida, boletos de autobus/MAX, y cuidado de los niños disponible. Programa bilingüe(Inglés y Español)

Oregon Opportunity Network
January 25, 2016 at 12:54 pm

Oregon Opportunity Network shared Alissa Keny-Guyer for House District 46's post.

We greatly appreciate the leadership of Rep. Keny-Guyer and Speaker Kotek for an urgent housing agenda this session, including renter protections to address the #RenterSOS emergency, lifting the ban on Inclusionary Zoning, and increased funding for affordable housing development and preservation as well as preventing and ending homelessness. Now is the time to act!

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Alissa Keny-Guyer for House District 46

I am disappointed with this Oregonian editorial. I spent a lot of time with the O's editorial board going over the problems caused by the lack of affordable housing, and how we need to address this by increasing our affordable housing stock: preserving affordable housing, converting market rate to subsidized, constructing new units, and passing Inclusionary Zoning. We have several bills and budget requests aimed at these solutions; however this will take years.

In the meantime, low income people are VERY vulnerable in a market where supply and demand are so dramatically out of whack. Thus, we are seeking $10 mil in emergency funds to help with rent assistance and shelters, and we need basic tenant protections. The ones we are proposing are only a step in the right direction and represent a compromise between what landlord associations and tenants want.

The proposed tenant protections are not "anti landlord" but do aim to protect consumers from the trauma I am hearing about every day: having their rents raised three months after they have moved in, having their rent raised several times a year, not having money for a new deposit when they have been given a no-cause notice and their old deposit is tied up, etc. Landlords are split on these changes; some feel this represents a fair approach, since they would never raise the rent that soon or often, or turn tenants out without cause and with little notice. These tenant protections seek more of a balance at a time when the market has thrown us dramatically out of balance.

I am eager for the session to begin next week so we can put as many short term solutions in place while we "build the foundation" for the long term solutions! Oregon Opportunity Network Oregon Housing Alliance Oregon Action The Community Alliance of Tenants

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJanuary 22, 2016 at 2:45 pm

Oregon Opportunity Network added 3 new photos to the album: Portland Public Forum w/Dan Saltzman & Kurt Creager.

About 100 people from the Portland housing industry and the broader community filled the room for an update and conversation with Portland's Housing Commissioner Dan Saltzman and Portland Housing Bureau Director Kurt Creager.

It was truly exciting to hear the depth of detail and broad vision provided by our city's housing leadership - in short, profound wonkiness driven by the value that everyone needs a place to call home - and a determination to push hard and do what it takes to get there.

Both men noted that it is "time to call the question" for housing in Portland - time to make budget investments, time to step up as a community to ensure that everyone in our community has access to housing opportunity.

Dir. Creager shared three key numbers:
* 23,845 - the unmet housing need in Portland
* $1,954 - the average monthly rent in new apartments coming online - "this means pain and hardship for working people"
* 8.4% - the projected annual average rent increases in Portland - worst in the nation

Both described multiple tools we need and that they are working for, including:
* Lifting the state's ban on Inclusionary Zoning - this needs to happen in Salem in February - Kurt has seen it work in other cities, we need it here as one part of the solution
* Enact a linkage fee on new development to generate revenue for affordable housing
* Ensure affordable housing bonus provisions in the updated Comprehensive Plan
* ...and more - these guys are really pushing hard on all fronts.

Takeaway? This is a truly historic moment to get significant policies and resources for housing opportunity - "This is Portland's time."

Thanks to everyone who attended, and all who are working in the public, private and nonprofit sectors for housing opportunity.

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Portland Public Forum w/Dan Saltzman & Kurt Creager

About 100 people from the Portland housing industry and the broader community filled the room for an update and conversation with Portland's Housing Commissioner Dan Saltzman and Portland Housing Bureau Director Kurt Creager.

It was truly exciting to hear the depth of detail and broad vision provided by our city's housing leadership - in short, profound wonkiness driven by the value that everyone needs a place to call home - and a determination to push hard and do what it takes to get there.

Both men noted that it is "time to call the question" for housing in Portland - time to make budget investments, time to step up as a community to ensure that everyone in our community has access to housing opportunity.

Dir. Creager shared three key numbers:
* 23,845 - the unmet housing need in Portland
* $1,954 - the average monthly rent in new apartments coming online - "this means pain and hardship for working people"
* 8.4% - the projected annual average rent increases in Portland - worst in the nation

Both described multiple tools we need and that they are working for, including:
* Lifting the state's ban on Inclusionary Zoning - this needs to happen in Salem in February - Kurt has seen it work in other cities, we need it here as one part of the solution
* Enact a linkage fee on new development to generate revenue for affordable housing
* Ensure affordable housing bonus provisions in the updated Comprehensive Plan
* ...and more - these guys are really pushing hard on all fronts.

Takeaway? This is a truly historic moment to get significant policies and resources for housing opportunity - "This is Portland's time."

Thanks to everyone who attended, and all who are working in the public, private and nonprofit sectors for housing opportunity.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJanuary 22, 2016 at 10:51 am

Via the Oregon Housing Alliance - all you need to know to take action for housing this legislative session!

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How You Can Help Protect Renters, Build More Homes, Prevent Homelessness and More this February

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Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJanuary 22, 2016 at 9:01 am

We look forward to welcoming Commissioner Dan Saltzman and Portland Housing Bureau Director Kurt Creager at a public forum on housing TODAY, 12 noon at First Unitarian Church in Portland, 1226 SW Salmon. This is a great opportunity to hear from our city's housing leadership on their vision and plans for 2016 as they work to tackle our housing crisis.

Doors open at 11:30 am; coffee, water and cookies provided; bring your own lunch. All are welcome!

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Portland Public Forums « Oregon Opportunity Network

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Public Forums are an ongoing program of Oregon Opportunity Network, made possible through a generous grant from the Portland Housing Bureau. Members, supporters, and decision-makers come together to discuss current issues affecting the affordable housing community. All forums are free and open to th…

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJanuary 20, 2016 at 10:24 am

SW Portland friends, please mark your calendars for an important town hall, January 30th, 11am at Stephens Creek Crossing in Hillsdale. This is an important opportunity to share concerns and priorities with legislators!

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Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJanuary 15, 2016 at 2:39 pm

Oregon Opportunity Network added 7 new photos to the album: 2016 Legislative Lunch — at Oregon State Capitol.

Thanks to all the legislators and staff for attending our 3rd annual lunch! We appreciated everyone's presence and the great comments and discussion. We look forward to working with everyone, along with our friends at the Oregon Housing Alliance and the Oregon Inclusionary Zoning Coalition, on a significant housing opportunity agenda for the 2016 session!

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2016 Legislative Lunch

Thanks to all the legislators and staff for attending our 3rd annual lunch! We appreciated everyone's presence and the great comments and discussion. We look forward to working with everyone, along with our friends at the @[794894223856790:274:Oregon Housing Alliance] and the @[480218242029729:274:Oregon Inclusionary Zoning Coalition], on a significant housing opportunity agenda for the 2016 session!

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJanuary 14, 2016 at 2:24 pm

We are very excited to be at kick-off hearing of the House Human Services and Housing Committee in Salem. Oregon Housing and Community Services Agency Director Margaret Van Vliet reported on the huge housing need across the state; Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall and health workers from Josephine and Multnomah counties testified to the acute needs and the importance of a safe, decent, affordable place to call home.

Thank you to Alissa Keny-Guyer for House District 46 and Speaker Tina Kotek for your leadership and all members of this key committee.

We'll be working hard this session with our friends at the Oregon Housing Alliance and the Oregon Inclusionary Zoning Coalition in support of a significant and urgent agenda for housing opportunity, including renter protections, investment in housing development and preservation, and lifting the ban on inclusionary housing.

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Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJanuary 13, 2016 at 7:51 am

Renter protections, investment in housing, and lifting the ban on IZ are all part of the housing relief agenda in Salem. The O provides a good summary of the IZ piece: "Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, will move a bill aimed at increasing workforce housing in Oregon — by ending the state's ban on local inclusionary zoning. A House-approved bill that would have ended the ban just for new single-family homes died in the Senate last year. Dembrow's bill will try again, and add new rental housing. 'It makes sense given the pressures in Portland and Bend and other cities," he said. "I feel really good about that expansion.'"

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Oregon lawmakers scramble closer to deals on minimum wage, housing relief

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House Democrats will unveil a new 90-day notification period when a landlord wants to end a longtime tenant's lease or raise that tenant's rent. Another bill will revive plans for inclusionary zoning.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJanuary 12, 2016 at 9:20 am

Neighborhood Partnerships put together this great recap of last Saturday's Housing Emergency Forum - check it out, and get involved at http://www.oregonhousingalliance.org. The 2016 legislative session starts in just a couple weeks - this is our opportunity to provide relief and protections for low-income renters, add resources to build and preserve affordable housing, and once and for all lift the statewide ban on inclusionary housing!

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Portland Metro Area Housing Emergency Forum - Jan. 9 (with images, tweets) · NPartnerships

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Over 300 people turned out for the Housing Emergency Forum for metro area legislators, hosted by Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer & Rep. Rob Nosse. Nearly 30 speakers shared their stories and advocated for policy & funding solutions in the 2016 legislative session. Get involved at oregonhousingalliance.org!

Oregon Opportunity Network
January 11, 2016 at 1:56 pm

Oregon Opportunity Network shared Oregon Inclusionary Zoning Coalition's post.

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Oregon Inclusionary Zoning Coalition

"In a gymnasium in East Portland this past weekend, over 300 members of our community gathered to share one message with a panel of Oregon legislators: we are in a housing crisis, and it is time to act. Individuals, advocates and service providers were at times tearful, or angry. The forum was a powerful reminder that although the problems facing Oregonians are numerous, the solutions are as well. We need to use every tool available in order to meet the housing needs of our communities."

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJanuary 8, 2016 at 11:40 am

Recommendations from L.A. city budget analysts calls for a $1.85 billion investment to increase the supply of affordable housing, noting that "the cost of inaction will continue to grow."

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Oregon Opportunity Network

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Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJanuary 8, 2016 at 10:18 am

Oregon Opportunity Network shared CASH Oregon's post.

Via 211info and CASH Oregon: Many Oregonians are not taking advantage of low-income tax credits. Tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit can provide thousands of dollars to qualifying families. Even if you think you make too little to file, you may be eligible for tax credits that can put money in your pocket.
IRS certified volunteers can look at your situation and help you get the largest refund you deserve. You can also file your taxes for fee online at http://www.CASHOregon.org.

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CASH Oregon

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Oregon Opportunity Network
January 5, 2016 at 12:25 pm

Oregon Opportunity Network shared Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon's post.

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Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon

What’s the annual salary of a full-time minimum wage worker in Oregon? Think you know the answer? Take the #RaisetheWage quiz to see if you're right!

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJanuary 5, 2016 at 12:22 pm

Oregon Opportunity Network shared Rob Nosse's event.

Portland metro area friends, please join us at this important forum on the housing emergency, this Saturday, 3pm at Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization. People impacted by #RenterSOS and providers/policy experts will share their stories, and recommended solutions, with a panel of legislators. All are welcome!

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Housing Forum with Alissa Keny-Guyer

Housing Forum with Alissa Keny-Guyer

Co-hosted by Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer & Rep. Rob Nosse

Attended by Speaker Tina Kotek, Rep. Val Hoyle, Rep. Barbara Smith Warner, Rep. Jeff Reardon, Rep. Lew Frederick, Rep. Joe Gallegos, Rep.Carla Piluso, Rep. Chris Gorsek, Rep. Jessica Vega Pederson, Rep. Ann Lininger, Senate President Pro-tem Diane Rosenbaum, Sen. Richard Devlin, Sen. Chuck Thomsen and Sen. Michael Dembrow

Legislators will hear invited testimony from speakers chosen by community groups to describe our housing emergency and policies that can alleviate the crisis.
There will be a short time for the public to speak with legislators
and share written comments at the end of the program.

Hope to see you there!

Oregon Opportunity Network
December 30, 2015 at 3:11 pm

Oregon Opportunity Network shared Oregon Inclusionary Zoning Coalition's post.

Oregon ON is proud to be part of the Oregon Inclusionary Zoning Coalition. Join us in 2016 to lift the statewide ban on inclusionary zoning - it's time for Oregon communities to have access to this basic tool for housing opportunity!

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2016, here we come! Shelby King at the Portland Mercury wrote up a great newsbit outlining our efforts and followed up in a blog entry in the Merc with the following confirmation from both Senator Dembrow and Josh Alpert, City of Portland:

"Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, was in the audience. Dembrow recently announced he'll introduce a bill during the 2016 legislative session that would lift the statewide ban on inclusionary zoning. Alpert says the mayor is in support of lifting the ban.

"We always have lifting any preemption on any policy on the agenda for lobbying," he said. "Everyone knows we're coming for it."

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