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Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconFebruary 27, 2015 at 3:56 pm

How can you help end homelessness in Oregon? Buy socks! Please support the Oregon Housing Alliance's sock drive by shopping the Amazon wish list this weekend!

Oregonians are donating 20,000 pairs of socks to remind state legislators about the 20,000 kids and tens-of-thousands of others who experienced homelessness last year. $20 million for emergency rental assistance that will help end and prevent homeslessness is on the line. Sock donations will be piled high on the capitol steps on March 11, the Housing Alliance's Housing Opportunity Day. Afterwards they will be donated to nonprofits across the state. Oregon families are tough, resilient and driven. But everyone needs a home to be successful.

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Amazon.com Universal Wishlist for Neighborhood Partnerships.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconFebruary 27, 2015 at 11:16 am

Check out our storify from yesterday's hearing at Portland City Hall! Thanks to PCRI Central City Concern Welcome Home Coalition Northwest Pilot Project REACH CDC Human Solutions Proud Ground League of Women Voters PDX and all the amazing "old guard" of housing leaders who turned out in support of housing opportunity in the North Macadam URA (aka South Waterfront). Onward!

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Housing Advocates Push City Hall (with images, tweets) · OregonON

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Check out coverage of powerful testimony by affordable housing advocates before Portland City Council.

Oregon Opportunity Network
February 27, 2015 at 9:19 am

Oregon Opportunity Network shared Welcome Home Coalition's post.

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Such a powerful day of testimony at PDX City Hall today! Dozens of housing advocates urged our elected leaders to keep the City's commitment to affordability in our publicly invested neighborhoods, especially the South Waterfront URA. Here are some snippets and a few snapshots: "Let's not let our public resources produce enclaves for the rich." "The best time to invest in affordability was 20 years ago, the second best time is NOW!" and "The city always finds a way to build street cars and trams, but why does housing come last and often not at all?" Thank you to the fiery, brilliant and dedicated advocates who spoke our truths today. "Together we can make the city we dream of, one that is equitable and affordable for all" Three cheers to: PCRI, Proud Ground, Human Solutions, Oregon Opportunity Network, REACH CDC, Northwest Pilot Project League of Women Voters of Portland and many more!

Oregon Opportunity Network
February 26, 2015 at 10:26 am

We'll be there too! with REACH Community Development Corporation Northwest Pilot Project - "the virtual and local community" League of Women Voters @PCRI @OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon and many more!

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Welcome Home Coalition

Come fly these signs with us and Portland housing advocates TODAY at 2pm at PDX City Hall. We'll be there, along with former City Commissioner Gretchen Kafoury, to make sure the City keeps commitments to building affordable housing in neighborhoods where we invest urban renewal dollars, especially the South Waterfront. #AllNeighborhoodsForAllPortlanders!

Oregon Opportunity Network
February 25, 2015 at 11:55 am

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

We appreciate the leadership of all our local elected officials from around the state, and on the Human Services and Housing Committee, in favor of #HB2564 which will lift the ban on inclusionary zoning. Go team!

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Alissa Keny-Guyer for House District 46

Thank you to Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, Multnomah County Commissioner Greg Malinowski, and Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury for testifying with many others about HB 2564, Lifting the Ban on Inclusionary Zoning, which could help cities increase affordable housing and decrease gentrification.#notifyPDX #multco #wcva #opalPDX #homeforwardnews

Oregon Opportunity Network
February 24, 2015 at 6:09 pm

Oregon Opportunity Network shared NACEDA's photo.

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Hot off the press... The final program book for the #PeopleandPlaces Community Conference is out for viewing. Take a look here - http://bit.ly/1DRppju

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconFebruary 24, 2015 at 6:17 am

Good morning! Here's an excellent Salem update from the Oregon Housing Alliance - check it out!

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Feb 24 Housing Opportunity Update - Oregon Housing Alliance

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1. Big OHCS Hearing The declining capacity of our homeless services providers to find permanent housing options for families is creating bottlenecks and driving up costs in other parts of the system. High rates of foreclosure are driving more families into the rental market, which leads to higher re…

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconFebruary 23, 2015 at 6:47 am

Today's a big day - the first hearing of HB 2564, which would lift the statewide ban on Inclusionary Zoning and provide communities with a key tool for housing opportunity. Thank you to Chair Alissa Keny-Guyer and the Human Services and Housing Committee for today's hearing, 3 pm in Hearing Room D in the Capitol! Our bus is leaving from PCC Southeast campus (auxiliary lot off Division at SE 81st) at 1:15pm, so please be here by 1:00 to catch a ride.

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Housing and transportation advocates plan to pack hearing for affordability bill - BikePortland.org

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Inclusionary zoning is entirely banned in two U.S. states: Oregon and Texas.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconFebruary 20, 2015 at 8:33 am

Here's your weekend to do list:
1. Sleep in.
2. Call Mom.
3. Buy socks to help end homelessness

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Socks - Oregon Housing Alliance

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Oregonians are donating 20,000 pairs of socks to remind state legislators about the 20,000 kids and tens-of-thousands of others who experienced homelessness last year. $20 million for emergency rental assistance that will help end and prevent homeslessness is on the line. Sock donations will be pile…

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconFebruary 18, 2015 at 1:29 pm

We're heading to Salem next Monday with the Oregon Inclusionary Zoning Coalition - please join us!

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Housing and transportation advocates plan to pack hearing for affordability bill - BikePortland.org

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Inclusionary zoning is entirely banned in two U.S. states: Oregon and Texas.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconFebruary 17, 2015 at 2:35 pm

Please join us in Salem next Monday at 3pm to show support for HB 2564, which would lift the statewide ban on Inclusionary Zoning. We need lots of folks in the room to show support for local communities having the option to use this tool if they choose, to create more affordable housing!

Oregon and Texas are the only two states in the country that prohibit use of this basic tool to ensure new housing is developed for a range of incomes. HB 2564 would not mandate anything. It would simply allow communities to choose whether or not to have an inclusionary zoning policy as a local tool for the development of affordable housing.

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HB2564 Hearing

HB2564 Hearing

Help Us Lift the Ban on Inclusionary Housing!

On Monday, February 23rd at 3:00 PM, in Hearing Room D, the House Human Services and Housing Committee will take public testimony on HB 2564. This bill will restore local control over housing tools by repealing the ban on inclusionary zoning.

Today, too many Oregonians struggle to find reasonably priced housing in healthy neighborhoods. IZ is a basic planning tool that allows everyone to live in vibrant communities with access to opportunity.

It's urgent that you join us in this critical first step to restoring the right to inclusive housing.

WHERE: Oregon State House, Salem: Hearing Room D
WHEN: Monday, February 23 at 3:00pm
WHY: This is the first step in lifting the ban on inclusionary zoning
RSVP: Let us know you'll be there by e-mailing jon[at]opalpdx.org

**GET ON THE BUS**
Meet at the PCC Southeast Campus parking lot at Division and 82nd. The parking lot we'll be using is accessible from Division St. and the #4 and 72 bus lines. Look for the distinctive Bus Project black and yellow bus.

MEET UP TIME IS AT 1PM. WE WILL DO A QUICK LOAD AND LEAVE BY 1:20PM AT THE LATEST. Please do your best to be on time!

Please let us know if we can count on your attendance in Salem on Monday, February 23rd at 3:00pm to help promote a fair share of housing for everyone.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconFebruary 12, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Oregon Opportunity Network added a new photo to the album: HB 2442 Hearing - OHCS Governance.

Thank you, Human Services and Housing Committee, for the opportunity to testify in support of HB 2442.

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HB 2442 Hearing - OHCS Governance
Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconFebruary 12, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Oregon Opportunity Network added 5 new photos to the album: HB 2442 Hearing - OHCS Governance.

We were pleased to testify in support of HB 2442. Following the redesign effort for our state housing agency over the couple years, we proposed changes to statute (HB 2376) to create a new Housing Commission – a group of experts to oversee state housing policy, develop a needs analysis and a comprehensive housing plan that aligns with other agencies, as well as provide fiduciary oversight to the agency.

In order to move forward with a single bill, we worked with HCS staff to amend their bill (HB 2442), which we now support. We all testified today in support of the bill. We appreciated the opportunity to testify about the importance of housing and a stronger governance body - one of our 2015 legislative priorities.

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HB 2442 Hearing - OHCS Governance

We were pleased to testify in support of HB 2442. Following the redesign effort for our state housing agency over the couple years, we proposed changes to statute (HB 2376) to create a new Housing Commission – a group of experts to oversee state housing policy, develop a needs analysis and a comprehensive housing plan that aligns with other agencies, as well as provide fiduciary oversight to the agency.

In order to move forward with a single bill, we worked with HCS staff to amend their bill (HB 2442), which we now support. We all testified today in support of the bill. We appreciated the opportunity to testify about the importance of housing and a stronger governance body - one of our 2015 legislative priorities.

Oregon Opportunity Network
February 12, 2015 at 11:16 am

Oregon Opportunity Network shared Neighborhood Partnerships's photo.

Let's do this, Oregon! #20Ksocks

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What do 20,000 socks look like? Let’s find out. It might help end homelessness. http://ow.ly/IPwiq #20Ksocks

Oregon Opportunity Network
February 11, 2015 at 5:19 pm

Oregon Opportunity Network shared NACEDA's photo.

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See who's coming to the #PeopleAndPlaces Community Conference March 4-6 in DC. Check out the list at http://conta.cc/1AcEeOh. Be part of the most diverse and inclusive community development conference in over a decade. Early bird discount ends today.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconFebruary 11, 2015 at 4:36 pm

The Home Depot Foundation Seeks Applicants for Veteran Housing Grants Program
Next deadline for proposals is Feb. 24

For more grant information visit http://homedepotfoundation.org/page/veteran-housing-grants

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
333 1/2 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003
202-546-1969 or toll-free 1-800-VET-HELP

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National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

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Feb. 4, 2015 On Monday, Feb. 3, 2015, the President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget was announced. This document lays out the Administration’s proposed funding levels for all programs of the federal government, including those that serve homeless and at-risk...continue

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconFebruary 10, 2015 at 1:35 pm

Join us in donating to the Oregon Housing Alliance sock drive - #20Ksocks to highlight the housing crisis in our state. Everyone needs a home to be successful. You can donate socks online via the Amazon wish list, at a donation box, and/or sign up for your business or organization to be a drop-off site. Let's do this!

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Socks - Oregon Housing Alliance

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Oregonians are donating 20,000 pairs of socks to remind state legislators about the 20,000 kids and tens-of-thousands of others who experienced homelessness last year. $20 million for emergency rental assistance that will help end and prevent homeslessness is on the line. Sock donations will be pile…

Oregon Opportunity Network
February 7, 2015 at 12:41 am

Oregon Opportunity Network shared Welcome Home Coalition's post.

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"What do you do with homeless students?" asks a U.S. elementary school principal of a colleague from Finland during an international educator's summit. The Finnish educator is confused and answers simply, "We give them housing." Lew Frederick, State Representative, House District 43 tells this story at N/NE Town Hall and asks "Why can't we?" #WeCan

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconFebruary 5, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Oregon Opportunity Network added 8 new photos to the album: East Portland Action Plan for Housing: Portland Public Forum.

Oregon ON was delighted to host members of the East Portland Action Plan Housing Committee at a forum today to learn the latest about their recommendations for equitable access to housing opportunity in East Portland. Who are we building for and who are we welcoming in our city? How can we ensure that everyone has the opportunity to choose where they want to live? How do we encourage growth and economic development in East Portland, without displacing low-income residents?

Over 60 people showed up during the noon hour - We were honored to have Metro Councilor Bob Stacey in attendance, along with Councilor Sam Chase and State Housing Council Chair Aubre Dickson. Thanks to everyone for attending!

Some highlights:
• Frieda Christopher described her journey from opposition to affordable housing to partnership and working closely with Jean DeMaster of Human Solutions.
• Nick Sauvie gave an overview of the EPAP work, including getting the City to do budget mapping to pinpoint where City investments are made.
• Nick noted that Portland Housing Bureau is the only bureau that hasn’t significantly increased investment in East Portland in the past few years. Currently, only 5% of the City’s rental housing investment is in East Portland
• Nick also explained the inequities of the property tax system, stemming from Measures 5, 47 and 50. Bottom line: East Portland residents pay $24 million more in property taxes than the entire central city area. Solution: “reset on sale” so that property taxes are in line with current market values.
• Not only is there inequity in what people pay for property taxes and what they get back in terms of city infrastructure investment; the mismatch in property taxes worsens Portland’s displacement problem. High income people bid up the price on low-tax property in the inner core, driving out low-income people to the East; and it is harder to get new investment in the East due to the higher property tax bills.
• Justin gave an overview of the tenant organizing work that Community Alliance of Tenants is doing, particularly with immigrant communities in East Portland to give them a voice. He also explained how lifting the statewide ban on Inclusionary Zoning – a question currently before the Legislature – could give Portland and other cities a powerful tool to help increase affordable housing.
• Jean said the committee’s focus is supporting growth and prosperity in East Portland without displacement, and promoting a range of housing including a mix of income levels as well and both rental and homeownership.
• Jean explained the committee is researching and evaluating different tools to reduce displacement and will be coming together with the other EPAP committee to develop a package, which will be shared with the community this summer.
• Frieda wrapped up by noting the importance of having schools at the table and everyone working together for greater opportunity for all.

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East Portland Action Plan for Housing: Portland Public Forum

Oregon ON was delighted to host members of the East Portland Action Plan Housing Committee at a forum today to learn the latest about their recommendations for equitable access to housing opportunity in East Portland. Who are we building for and who are we welcoming in our city? How can we ensure that everyone has the opportunity to choose where they want to live? How do we encourage growth and economic development in East Portland, without displacing low-income residents?

Over 60 people showed up during the noon hour - We were honored to have Metro Councilor Bob Stacey in attendance, along with Councilor Sam Chase and State Housing Council Chair Aubre Dickson. Thanks to everyone for attending!

Some highlights:
• Frieda Christopher described her journey from opposition to affordable housing to partnership and working closely with Jean DeMaster of Human Solutions.
• Nick Sauvie gave an overview of the EPAP work, including getting the City to do budget mapping to pinpoint where City investments are made.
• Nick noted that Portland Housing Bureau is the only bureau that hasn’t significantly increased investment in East Portland in the past few years. Currently, only 5% of the City’s rental housing investment is in East Portland
• Nick also explained the inequities of the property tax system, stemming from Measures 5, 47 and 50. Bottom line: East Portland residents pay $24 million more in property taxes than the entire central city area. Solution: “reset on sale” so that property taxes are in line with current market values.
• Not only is there inequity in what people pay for property taxes and what they get back in terms of city infrastructure investment; the mismatch in property taxes worsens Portland’s displacement problem. High income people bid up the price on low-tax property in the inner core, driving out low-income people to the East; and it is harder to get new investment in the East due to the higher property tax bills.
• Justin gave an overview of the tenant organizing work that Community Alliance of Tenants is doing, particularly with immigrant communities in East Portland to give them a voice. He also explained how lifting the statewide ban on Inclusionary Zoning – a question currently before the Legislature – could give Portland and other cities a powerful tool to help increase affordable housing.
• Jean said the committee’s focus is supporting growth and prosperity in East Portland without displacement, and promoting a range of housing including a mix of income levels as well and both rental and homeownership.
• Jean explained the committee is researching and evaluating different tools to reduce displacement and will be coming together with the other EPAP committee to develop a package, which will be shared with the community this summer.
• Frieda wrapped up by noting the importance of having schools at the table and everyone working together for greater opportunity for all.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconFebruary 5, 2015 at 10:02 am

Portland friends, join us TODAY at noon at the First Unitarian Church (1226 SW Salmon) for the latest in our series of brown-bag forums on housing issues - today, we have a great panel from the East Portland Action Plan, including Jean DeMaster of Human Solutions, Nick Sauvie of ROSE Community Development, Frieda Christopher of David Douglas School District, and Justin Buri of Community Alliance of Tenants: http://oregonon.org/get_involved/portland-public-forums/

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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
February 4, 2015 at 10:49 am

Check out this great story from Housing Works in central Oregon! Gotta love the before and after - and the chocolate donuts!!

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Housing Works

Jill R purchased her home, utilizing a voucher, in 2011, and has not been able to complete or maintain any landscaping. YouthBuild needed a project for their youth to complete this week so Kelly Fisher of Housing Works designed a very low maintenance landscape plan; the homeowner paid for and scheduled the materials to be delivered; and YouthBuild cleaned up the front and back yards, picked up some of the materials, and completed the project. It turned out really well. On Tuesday it looked like the before picture and Thursday it looked like the after picture. Kelly stopped by Thursday morning to take pictures and brought the youth hot chocolate and donuts from Housing Works as a token of our appreciation.

Now this home looks just as nice as all of the other homes in the neighborhood. Jill is very appreciative and so excited to have her yards look so nice. This will be the perfect low-maintenance yard for her!

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJanuary 29, 2015 at 11:06 am

$26.6 million in HUD funding has just been awarded in Oregon for homeless assistance projects, many of which are run by Oregon ON member nonprofits. Congrats to all, and thank you for your work to "quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness." Everyone deserves a place to call home.

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FY 2014 CoC Competition Grants

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This report displays the FY2014 homeless assistance projects awarded by HUD for the FY2013-2014 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program competition....

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Facebook IconJanuary 29, 2015 at 9:37 am

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Rural America's Silent Housing Crisis

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Accounting for only 20 percent of the population, residents of more isolated areas struggle to find a safe, affordable place to live—and to make anyone else care.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJanuary 28, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Housing advocacy in the news: "Squeaky wheels are getting more grease in Portland’s South Waterfront area, and it should result in more affordable housing amid the posh condo and apartment towers.

"For years, city officials have promised a mix of income ranges while devoting huge sums of urban renewal money to create an entirely new community along the Willamette River....But the city has managed to deliver only one 209-unit affordable apartment project — 579 units short of its official goal.

"South Waterfront shouldn’t be 'an enclave for the wealthy' given all the public investment, says Ruth Adkins, policy director for Oregon Opportunity Network, a coalition of affordable housing advocates." http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/248328-116355-can-south-waterfront-be-made-affordable

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Facebook IconJanuary 27, 2015 at 6:00 pm

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2015 Spring Industry Support Conference

2015 Spring Industry Support Conference

Find out more at http://oregonon.org/get_involved/springconference2015/
Join us for a special Resident Services 101 training April 21st

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. Sing up to stay connected. A big and exciting campaign for housing is coming our way soon!