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Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconNovember 30, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Important editorial in the Washington Post supporting reform of the nation's largest housing subsidy- the mortgage interest deduction. Following the National Low Income Housing Coalition's recommendations for reform, the editorial notes: "Lowering the cap to $500,000 would save $95 billion over 10 years....eliminating the deduction altogether and replacing it with a 15 percent tax credit would save $213 billion — and better target homeownership support to buyers of modest means. The coalition suggests spending at least some of the savings on direct aid to low-income housing, but even without that, curbing the deduction would help lower-income people over time by reducing tax-code favoritism for expensive housing." How about it, Congress?

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Fixing the most expensive tax deduction


The mortgage interest deduction’s cap should be lowered to a still-generous $500,000.

Oregon Opportunity Network
November 23, 2015 at 10:28 am

Oregon Opportunity Network shared A Home for Everyone's post.

Oregon, it's time to redirect medical $ to supportive housing: the Feds have told "Medicaid offices around the country that Medicaid dollars, usually reserved for clinical services and medications, could be used to help chronically homeless people and others with long-term disabilities to find and maintain permanent housing."

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A Home for Everyone


Oregon Opportunity Network
November 20, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Oregon Opportunity Network shared Anti-Displacement PDX's album: City Council hearing, Nov. 19 2015.

Via Anti-Displacement PDX: we held a rally outside of City Hall at the Council's first hearing on the new Comprehensive Plan. Then, ADPDX representatives testified at the hearing.

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Anti-Displacement PDX

ADPDX held a rally ourside of City Hall at the Council's first hearing on the new Comprehensive Plan. Then, ADPDX representatives testified at the hearing.

Oregon Opportunity Network
November 20, 2015 at 9:19 am

Oregon Opportunity Network shared ROSE Community Development's album: End Displacement Now Rally.

We were honored to be part of this action yesterday at Portland City Hall with our friends at Anti-Displacement PDX! We delivered a powerful statement to City Council to "just say Yes" to all the equity and anti-displacement provisions in the draft Comprehensive Plan that our coalition has worked to include. We can choose a path toward a more equitable Portland!

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ROSE Community Development

The event organized by Anti-Displacement PDX to make sure Portland is equitable and puts anti-displacement language in the comprehensive plan. ROSE was present. Our own Executive Director Nick Sauvie testified at city council. We also had staff, and board members attend the rally.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconNovember 19, 2015 at 10:07 am
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Seattle law requires developers to pay for affordable housing


Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed an ordinance into law on Tuesday he says will add 6,000 living units for low-income residents over the next decade to be paid for by fees on private developers.

Oregon Opportunity Network
November 18, 2015 at 3:10 pm

Oregon Opportunity Network shared Anti-Displacement PDX's photo.

Please join us and our friends in Anti-Displacement PDX at City Hall tomorrow - Rally at 2pm, Hearing at 3pm!

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Anti-Displacement PDX

November 19th Hearing on the Comprehensive Plan - TIME CHANGE.

Gather to Rally at 2pm!
Hearing begins at 3pm!

Wear pink, bring your best sign and your will to END DISPALCEMENT NOW!! !!!

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconNovember 18, 2015 at 3:09 pm

Last night Anti-Displacement PDX (of which Oregon ON is a proud member) refused to accept a Spirit of Portland Award from City Council. We told Council we'll be back to pick up the award once the final Comprehensive Plan is adopted, with all the anti-displacement policies intact.

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Coalition refuses award from Council at City Hall ceremony


Anti-Displacement PDX calls on Mayor, Council to ‘make award real’ by including anti-displacement measures in Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconNovember 16, 2015 at 9:49 am

The President's budget, if funded, would allow us to dramatically increase permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless people.

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Aligning Hearts, Heads, and Budgets to End Chronic Homelessness in 2017


By Richard Cho As the FY 2016 budget process moves forward, there could be good news for our efforts to end homelessness, and in particular, ending chronic homelessness. Deputy Director Richard Cho walks us through why ending chronic homelessness is not only the most compassionate thing to do, but a…

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconNovember 13, 2015 at 10:45 am

 "With Congress impervious to the reality and needs of its most vulnerable citizens, county trust funds are just one approach we can take towards ensuring that every person finds the stability and shelter they need to survive and thrive."

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We Don’t Need to Wait on Congress to Fight Homelessness


According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, “On a single night in January 2014, 578,424 people were experiencing homelessness—meaning they were sleeping outside or in an emergency shelter or a transitional housing program.

Oregon Opportunity Network
November 12, 2015 at 10:47 am

Oregon Opportunity Network shared Willamette Week Give!Guide's photo.

Hey folks, lots of worthy organizations in the Give!Guide, providing housing and opportunity to families, seniors, folks with disabilities and others in our area. Please give generously today, and you'll be entered for the Powell's shopping spree!

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Willamette Week Give!Guide

Want a $500 shopping spree Powell's City of Books? Give today at Willamette Week Give!Guide! giveguide.org

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconNovember 11, 2015 at 9:27 am
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Woodburn is my home: A young immigrant's story of empowerment | Street Roots


COMMENTARY | For Giselle Lopez Ixta, growing up in Woodburn has empowered her identity and fueled her desire to create social justice.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconNovember 9, 2015 at 10:42 am

First Lady Michelle Obama released a video to landlords today encouraging them to help communities across the country end Veteran homelessness.

“You all have the power to open doors for Vets, and give them the stability they deserve, and help our country solve an issue that has been swept under the rug for far too long,” Mrs. Obama says.

The message asks landlords to make units available to Veterans with Federal rental assistance who haven’t yet been able find a home.

“We’ve made historic investments to get housing vouchers into the hands of Veterans and treat them with the dignity they deserve,” says HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “But there are a number of communities where housing is too scarce or unaffordable that having a voucher just isn’t enough. In those cases, we need landlords to be part of the solution by stepping up and accepting those vouchers.”

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First Lady Michelle Obama Encourages Landlords to Help End Veteran Homelessness


First Lady Michelle Obama released a video to landlords encouraging them to help communities across the country end Veteran homelessness. The message asks landlords…

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconNovember 6, 2015 at 9:24 am

Excited to be at Housing Land Advocates conference today - focus on health and housing and well-deserved award to the great Dr. Lisa Bates.

Portland State Inside PSU | News


Housing Land Advocates announces that Dr. Lisa Bates, Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University’s College of Urban and Public Affairs, will be presented with the inaugural Ed Sullivan Housing Advocate Award at its annual conference on Friday, November 6.The award…

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconNovember 5, 2015 at 6:02 pm

Oregon Opportunity Network shared Anti-Displacement PDX's event.

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End Displacement Now! Rally at City Hall

End Displacement Now! Rally at City Hall

- Gather to rally at 2pm!
- City Council hearing on the Comprehensive Plan at 3pm!
- Audience choreography in City Council chambers!

The "recommended draft" of Portland's new Comprehensive Plan ALREADY includes 28 essential policies that will prevent displacement, restore displaced communities, and increase access to affordable housing in all of our neighborhoods.

Now City Council is finalizing the Comprehensive Plan. Join us to demand that City Council "Just Say Yes!" to these anti-displacement policies.

For more background info: http://news.streetroots.org/2015/10/08/portland-city-council-should-say-yes-comprehensive-plan

Oregon Opportunity Network
November 3, 2015 at 6:05 pm

It's a good night for public process - first we attended the Portland Housing Bureau's Housing Advisory Committee to thank them for their outstanding leadership on increasing TIF funding for affordable housing (and hear about proposed new investments across the housing continuum in next year's budget- yea!) .... and now we're over at the Residential Infill Stakeholder Advisory committee meeting to learn about this process and speak for diverse, equitable housing choices. Here is what I plan to say:

Good evening, I’m here today representing Oregon Opportunity Network, also known as Oregon ON. We are a statewide association of affordable housing nonprofits. We are also part of Anti-displacement PDX, a coalition of over 30 organizations working to ensure that the updated Comprehensive Plan includes strong equity and anti-displacement provisions.

I am here to advocate in favor of ensuring we have a diverse range of housing sizes and types in all parts of the city. As you know City Council has declared a housing emergency. We are approximately 20,000 units short of being able to house our low and moderate income neighbors. Over 1,300 students in Portland Public schools are homeless. That is simply unacceptable for us as a community – we must mobilize resources and policy tools to house our families, our seniors, veterans and people living with disabilities.

Alternative housing options can help increase opportunity to live in walkable, close in neighborhoods with access to transit, schools and shopping. Increasing density in Portland will also protect our quality of life by using the available land within the Urban Growth Boundary as we grow, and keeping our farmland and forests intact for future generations.

I speak not just as an affordable housing advocate but as a Portland homeowner, formerly in the Mt Tabor neighborhood and now in Hillsdale in Southwest. I grew up in San Francisco and moved here in 1988. I could not possibly have bought a home and raised my family in San Francisco. I want my three children who were born here, to be able to live in Portland and raise their families too – but unless they hit the career jackpot, an affordable home for them might not look like a traditional, large Old Portland single family home. I want fellow Portlanders of all income levels and walks of life to be able to live here as well.

We will still be a great place to live even if our neighborhoods change and look a little different. An inclusive, equitable community simply won’t be possible unless we accept some level of change and flexibility in the size and type of housing that we allow in this city that we all love.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconNovember 3, 2015 at 4:29 pm
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Dear white Portland … | Street Roots


Representatives from cities participating in the Black Male Achievement Initiative joined nine young black men in Portland to discuss ideas, programs and policies aimed at changing the grim statistics facing these youths.

Oregon Opportunity Network
November 3, 2015 at 3:23 pm

Oregon Opportunity Network shared Central City Concern's photo.

Via Central City Concern: thanks to our partners and to Rep. Barbara Smith Warner for a great tour and meeting today!

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Central City Concern

We had the pleasure and privilege this morning to meet with Rep. Barbara Smith Warner, along with our affordable housing colleagues from Oregon Opportunity Network, Hacienda CDC, and PCRI, at our Rosewood family housing community! There's much work to do toward increasing access to affordable housing across our state, and we're thankful that the Representative continues to be a part of this important conversation.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconOctober 29, 2015 at 1:58 pm

Oregon Opportunity Network added 4 new photos.

We were thrilled to get an exclusive, sneak preview hardhat tour today of Community Partners for Affordable Housing, Inc. (CPAH)'s wonderful new building in the heart of downtown Beaverton - the Barcelona. This building will open next month with 47 permanently affordable apartments and is the result of a great partnership with Beaverton, Oregon. The City leased CPAH the land and provided a tax abatement; CPAH has built a beautiful, durable, sustainable building that is already spurring additional development in the heart of downtown as well as providing a place to call home for seniors, disabled folks and others living on limited incomes. Way to go team!

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Photos from Oregon Opportunity Network's post
Oregon Opportunity Network
October 29, 2015 at 9:44 am

Oregon Opportunity Network shared The Community Alliance of Tenants's photo.

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The Community Alliance of Tenants
Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconOctober 29, 2015 at 8:40 am

Unanimous vote to increase TIF set-aside for affordable housing - thanks to all who worked so hard at the City and in the community to make this additional funding for housing a reality! Portland Housing Bureau Portland Development Commission Welcome Home Coalition MACG - Metropolitan Alliance For Common Good

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'Historic day': Portland pledges $67 million for affordable housing


The City Council increased the share of urban-renewal money it dedicates to affordable housing from 30 percent to 45 percent.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconOctober 28, 2015 at 11:55 am

Oregon Opportunity Network shared a link.

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Getting Housing in the Debate - How Housing Matters


by Maya Brennan On the campaign trail, candidates love to talk about the economy—and rightly so, since it is regularly the top issue for voters. Economic issues, such as jobs, saving for retirement, making ends meet, and providing a decent quality of life for their children, hit close to home for vo…

Oregon Opportunity Network
October 27, 2015 at 11:27 am

Oregon Opportunity Network shared JOIN: connecting the street to a home's photo.

The wonderful folks JOIN: connecting the street to a home are in need of cold weather gear - winter is coming!

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JOIN: connecting the street to a home

Hey friends! We are seeking donations of cold weather gear...especially blankets and socks! If you have these items, or others that will help our homeless neighbors stay dry and warm, drop them off at JOIN! We are located at 1435 NE 81st Ave and open Monday through Friday, 10-3.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconOctober 27, 2015 at 10:46 am

Here's a very quick community health survey for folks living in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties. What are the most important issues affecting community health? ** Hint: we're selecting "Homeless/lack of safe, affordable housing" as a top priority!**

The Healthy Columbia Willamette Collaborative includes 15 hospitals, four health departments and two coordinated care organizations in the Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties of Oregon and in Clark County, Washington. The survey is super quick - let's all weigh in!

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Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconOctober 26, 2015 at 9:28 am

“High income households get four times more housing benefits than low income households do,” Mr. Ellison said. Mr. Ellison is the lead sponsor of H.R. 1662, the “Common Sense Housing Investment Act.” This bill would modify the country’s largest housing expenditure, the mortgage interest deduction, and shift resulting resources into affordable housing programs including the National Housing Trust Fund.

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NHTF and MID Reform Discussed at House Hearings: National Low Income Housing Coalition


The National Housing Trust Fund and reform of the mortgage interest deduction (MID) were topics of discussion at two hearings on housing held in the U.S. House of Representatives last


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!