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Oregon Opportunity Network
May 22, 2015 at 8:29 am

Oregon Opportunity Network shared Neighborhood Partnerships's photo.

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In the preface of the National Low Income Housing Coalition Out of Reach 2015 report Governor Kate Brown had this to say about affordable homes:

"Success begins at home, and a safe, stable affordable place to live keeps families healthy, helps people find and keep jobs and helps kids come to school ready to learn. A home keeps families stable and connected....

Children and families deserve an opportunity to succeed in school and life – success that we know is tied to having a stable home. More must be done to ensure families have the option to live in decent, affordable homes located near their jobs.

Solving this problem requires community investment. Housing that meets the needs of individuals and families is an essential part of the infrastructure that builds a strong workforce and sustains local economies. I have proposed a $100 million investment in affordable housing for Oregon that will add approximately 4,000 new homes to help meet this essential and most fundamental need.

I encourage other leaders to use the data in this report to
gain a fuller understanding of the housing needs facing
their communities and effect positive change. Our states
and our nation will be better off when we take steps to end
homelessness; when everyone has a safe and decent place to
call home."

#OOR2015 #homes4Oregon

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconMay 20, 2015 at 2:12 pm

"Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday brought some national attention to Oregon's housing crisis and one of her remedies for easing it — an ambitious request to borrow $100 million and build thousands of affordable units." Yes!! #Homes4Oregon

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Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday brought some national attention to Oregon's housing crisis and one of her remedies for easing it — an ambitious request to borrow $100 million and build thousands of affordable units.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconMay 19, 2015 at 10:34 am

Oregon ON is honored to partner with Metro on this initiative. We'll be reaching out to stakeholders around the region to gather advice and best thinking on how to overcome barriers and find opportunities to increase access to equitable housing. We're excited to see Metro taking a leadership role in this conversation!

"Metro has also launched the Equitable Housing Initiative intended to lead a regional discussion about the best ways to preserve and create quality affordable housing throughout the metropolitan area....'It’s critical that Metro be involved in affordable housing, especially as the region continues to grow,' says Metro Councilor Sam Chase, who championed the initiative."

"Metro dives into affordable housing"

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Oregon Opportunity Network
May 19, 2015 at 10:29 am

We're off to Salem today with the Oregon Inclusionary Zoning Coalition in support of HB 2564-A, which would lift the statewide ban on inclusionary zoning, giving local communities the choice to use this basic housing affordability tool. Today's hearing is before the Senate Committee on Human Services and Early Childhood, chaired by Sara Gelser. We appreciate the opportunity to voice our support for this bill and we hope the committee will make history and move it forward!

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconMay 19, 2015 at 8:31 am

Tens of thousands of Oregonians experienced homelessness last year – 20,000 of whom were school-aged kids. As we see dramatic increases in the number of people in our communities experiencing homelessness, we support to increase funding for the Emergency Housing Account (EHA) and State Homeless Assistance Program (SHAP) to $20 million.

Our families should not have to choose between paying for rent and buying basic necessities like food and medicine.

Write to your legislator today!

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EHA/SHAP Support Letter Template - Oregon Housing Alliance

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The most effective advocacy letters are customized and are unique to your community. However, we’ve provided a template to give structure to your letter. Instructions Write a letter to your legislator urging her or him to support increased funding for the Emergency Housing Account (EHA) and State H…

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconMay 19, 2015 at 8:29 am

Great coverage in the Oregonian for the passage of HB 3082, sponsored by Lew Frederick, State Representative, House District 43 and State Senator Chip Shields and brought forward by PCRI. We will be thrilled to see the Governor sign this bill!

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Kate Brown will sign bill easing 'benefits cliff' for low-income renters

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Families in affordable housing can face eviction if their growing earnings even slightly exceed the threshold to qualify, forcing them to scramble for market-rate housing they likely still can't afford. House Bill 3082 would let local governments extend that limit.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconMay 18, 2015 at 1:17 pm

"Several communities have found ways to use Medicaid to help finance the services component in permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless persons" - Oregon is working on it! It just plain makes sense to invest Medicaid $ in supportive housing - it saves money and improves outcomes for our most vulnerable residents.

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Here are 6 Places that are Using Medicaid to End Chronic Homelessness

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As communities are becoming more advanced in their efforts to end chronic homelessness, they are taking steps to secure funding in systemic ways and from a variety of sources, including Medicaid.

Oregon Opportunity Network
May 18, 2015 at 11:32 am

Oregon Opportunity Network shared Habitat for Humanity of Oregon's photo.

Thrilled to see this bill move forward! HB 2690-1 allows qualified nonprofits (like Habitat and others) who are developing affordable homeownership to hold land tax-free during the pre-development period. The money saved through this policy change will be directly invested in homeownership opportunities for low-income families!

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HB2690-1 passed the House Vote!! Thank you Representative Gomberg and Representative Whisnant for sponsoring this bill and your kind words of support.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconMay 18, 2015 at 11:24 am

"With so many families struggling to afford housing, it’s imperative to reform the Oregon mortgage interest deduction. There are a number of ways to restructure the subsidy so that it helps those in need — low- and middle-income Oregonians — afford a home while actually promoting homeownership." — Oregon Center for Public Policy (OCPP)

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State housing subsidy overdue for reform in Oregon | Street Roots

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by Juan Carlos Ordóñez | 15 May 2015 Click to view all images Juan Carlos Ordóñez is communications director for the Oregon Center for Public Policy. Photo courtesy of Juan Carlos Ordóñez Image courtesy of Oregon Center for Public Policy Image courtesy of Oregon Center for Public Policy Did you hear…

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Facebook IconMay 18, 2015 at 11:22 am

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Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconMay 18, 2015 at 9:11 am

National Low Income Housing Coalition's Out of Reach 2015 is coming out tomorrow, with the preface authored by Oregon Governor Kate Brown. We expect the data in this important report will underscore the housing crisis in our state.

"Each year, the data in Out of Reach informs housing policy makers and advocates at the national, state, and local levels. The report provides the Housing Wage for every state, metropolitan area, and county in the country....This year NLIHC is launching a new interactive Out of Reach website, which will feature charts, infographics, and maps, as well as an opportunity to compare data across jurisdictions." #OOR2015 #Homes4Oregon

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Out of Reach 2015 to be Released on May 19 : National Low Income Housing Coalition

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Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconMay 14, 2015 at 11:34 am

Terrific editorial in the O by developer John Russell and Proud Ground's Diane Linn: "Choice is truly what this debate is about. It is not a mandate. Some jurisdictions are ready to advance the local policy discussion, while others may never take it up. But to deny that local option when wealth inequality is growing and homeownership opportunities are limited, especially for people of color, is simply unacceptable. "

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Inclusionary zoning bill will give local governments flexibility (OPINION)

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By John Russell and Diane Linn This legislative session, what do Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, Hood River, Wilsonville, Milwaukie, Ashland, Multnomah and Lincoln counties all have in common? Their mayors, city councils and county commissioners are all calling on the Legislature...

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconMay 14, 2015 at 11:33 am

Terrific editorial in the O by developer John Russell and Proud Ground's Diane Linn: "Choice is truly what this debate is about. It is not a mandate. Some jurisdictions are ready to advance the local policy discussion, while others may never take it up. But to deny that local option when wealth inequality is growing and homeownership opportunities are limited, especially for people of color, is simply unacceptable. "

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Inclusionary zoning bill will give local governments flexibility (OPINION)

oregonlive.com

By John Russell and Diane Linn This legislative session, what do Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, Hood River, Wilsonville, Milwaukie, Ashland, Multnomah and Lincoln counties all have in common? Their mayors, city councils and county commissioners are all calling on the Legislature...

Oregon Opportunity Network
May 14, 2015 at 10:51 am

Oregon Opportunity Network shared Umpqua Valley Habitat for Humanity's photo.

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Umpqua Valley Habitat for Humanity

We are thrilled about our signature fundraising event this year - the 2015 Brew Ha Ha! 75 taps of outstanding craft beer, 3 excellent bands, numerous local vendors and the best part - great people! If you would like to donate or lend a hand let us know! Thank you!

All the details are here: http://hfh-or-umpq.huterra.com/

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Facebook IconMay 14, 2015 at 10:42 am

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Matched Savings Accounts - Individual Development Accounts (IDAs)

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Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) are matched savings accounts that allow individuals and families to save and generate money to improve their living situation.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconMay 14, 2015 at 10:29 am

We're excited to be a part of this event and the growing momentum for the Welcome Home Coalition!

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East County Kick Off Party

East County Kick Off Party

Join us for an evening of celebration, music, and movement building all for housing! We're bringing together advocates and community members to prepare for the work ahead...you should be here!

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconMay 14, 2015 at 8:43 am

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We had a terrific day in Salem yesterday with the Oregon Housing Alliance - great meetings with legislators and staff, talking about housing opportunity and priority investments, including the Governor's historic proposal for $100 million in Local Innovation Fast Track bonds. This capital infrastructure investment will build desperately needed housing around the state! #Homes4Oregon

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Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconMay 12, 2015 at 3:04 pm

ICYMI: here's the latest Oregon ON the Beat May e-News!

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Oregon ON the Beat May e-News

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What would it mean to you if Oregon made a significant investment in safe, decent, affordable homes? Click here to learn more about the proposed $100 million investment in housing, and share your hopes and ideas for housing opportunity in our state. Add your voice to the thousands of Oregonian calli…

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconMay 12, 2015 at 2:51 pm

We are excited to see this priority bill on our agenda moving forward! Thank you so much to State Senator Chip Shields, Lew Frederick, State Representative, House District 43, and PCRI for your leadership!

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Senator Shields carries affordable housing legislation to passage in Senate

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Salem, OR - Senator Chip Shields (D-Portland) carried affordable housing legislation to passage in the State Senate today. House Bill 3082, sponsored by Representative Lew Frederick (D-Portland) and Shields, creates the option for local jurisdictions to allow families in affordable housing to stay i…

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconMay 11, 2015 at 2:24 pm

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Oregon Opportunity Network
May 11, 2015 at 2:19 pm

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Facebook IconMay 8, 2015 at 2:09 pm

Oregon Opportunity Network added 16 new photos to the album: Public Forum: PHB's State of Housing Report.

We were pleased to welcome Housing Commissioner Dan Saltzman, Portland Housing Bureau Assistant Director Javier Mena and PHB Policy and Equity Manager Matthew Tschabold for a discussion of PHB’s first annual State of Housing Report.

The report paints a stark picture of the lack of affordable housing access and options, particularly for communities of color and our lowest-income neighbors.

What can we do about it? Advocate for more money for housing in the upcoming City budget. Write to your state Representative and Senator urging them to support the Governor's proposal to invest $100 million in affordable housing; and to support HB 2564, which would lift the statewide ban on affordable housing.

Let's use this excellent but sobering report to continue to push for better policies and increased resources so that people of all colors and income levels can call Portland home.

Download and read the entire report here:
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/phb/index.cfm?&c=67393

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Public Forum: PHB's State of Housing Report

We were pleased to welcome Housing Commissioner Dan Saltzman, Portland Housing Bureau Assistant Director Javier Mena and PHB Policy and Equity Manager Matthew Tschabold for a discussion of PHB’s first annual State of Housing Report.

The report paints a stark picture of the lack of affordable housing access and options, particularly for communities of color and our lowest-income neighbors.

What can we do about it? Advocate for more money for housing in the upcoming City budget. Write to your state Representative and Senator urging them to support the Governor's proposal to invest $100 million in affordable housing; and to support HB 2564, which would lift the statewide ban on affordable housing.

Let's use this excellent but sobering report to continue to push for better policies and increased resources so that people of all colors and income levels can call Portland home.

Download and read the entire report here:
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/phb/index.cfm?&c=67393

Oregon Opportunity Network
May 8, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Oregon Opportunity Network shared Northwest Housing Alternatives's photo.

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Our Hanging Baskets have arrived! They are beautiful and will be on sale tomorrow at NHA's Annie Ross House Plant Sale from 7:30am-3:30pm across the street from Milwaukie's City Hall.

We will also have annuals, veggie starts and deeply discounted perennials. All proceeds help local families transition from homelessness.

Buy the mom in your life a hanging basket and help another mom in need.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconMay 8, 2015 at 1:35 pm

Oregon Opportunity Network added 2 new photos.

In Salem today - great hearing on the Governor's proposed $100 million bond package for housing with Oregon Housing and Community Services Department Director Margaret Van Vliet, Northwest Housing Alternatives' Martha McLennan, and Janet Byrd of the Oregon Housing Alliance. Oregon can, and we must, invest new resources to help meet the statewide need for affordable housing! We hope legislators will heed the call to make this crucial investment.

Meanwhile, in Portland we had a full house for Commissioner Dan Saltzman and Portland Housing Bureau staff's presentation and discussion of their State of Housing Report - a sobering and important portrait of the dire lack of affordable housing in our community, particularly for communities of color and our lowest-income and most vulnerable neighbors.

Working with the Welcome Home Coalition, the Housing Alliance, Oregon ON and many other partners, let's advocate together for resources and policy to increase housing opportunity in all corners of our state! #Homes4Oregon

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Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconMay 8, 2015 at 9:40 am

Wow - over 60 letters submitted for the official record from organizations and communities around the state, in support of the Governor's proposed $100 million in bonds for affordable housing. Today's the day for a major hearing in the Ways and Means Capital Construction Subcommittee - share your support for housing opportunity by emailing WaysandMeans.CapitalConstructionSub@state.or.us. Learn more about this historic proposal and how you can help make it a reality, at https://www.oregonhousingalliance.org/homemeans/

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WELCOME HOME

Oregon ON is proudly working alongside the Welcome Home Coalition to identify and secure new local and dedicated revenue to better fund affordable housing services and development in the Portland metro region. Join this movement with your support as an endorser. Sign up to stay connected. A big and exciting campaign for housing is coming our way soon!