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Check out this great article by Jes Larson, director of the Welcome Home Coalition!
"As we sit at the top of the list of gentrifying cities and homelessness continues to grow across our urban landscape, we can again put ourselves on the map — this time as the place that ended homelessness and displacement. We can be the place that makes housing a right to opportunity for all our residents." #WhyNotPDX?
Oregon Opportunity Network shared a link.
With a vacancy rate of just 3%, Portland has one of the toughest rental markets in the country. Coupled with the hurdle of screening criteria which has shown evidence of illegal discrimination, our city lacks about 20,000 affordable housing units.
It's time for all of us to weigh in to our legislators on the need for housing: What does building Oregon’s future mean to you? What would change in your life, in your experience, with available and affordable homes? What are you excited to bring to the table to help create housing opportunity? Check out this great new campaign from the Oregon Housing Alliance and lend your voice!
We're still reflecting on Governor Kate Brown's excellent State of the State speech from last week - and we really love how *housing* and *opportunity* are at the center of this wordle of the speech. Can we dedicate $100 million in bond investment to build homes for low-income Oregon families, to help children succeed in school and in life? Yes we can!
We are having a great day at our #ISConf2015 in Salem! The awesome Tanya Wolfersperger once again organized an outstanding day of learning, sharing best practices, and great food and beverages to sustain us through a busy day. Professional photos will come later, but for now here's a snap of our wonderful U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development leaders, Field Office Director Margaret Salazar and Regional Director Bill Block, at a conference session this morning. Thanks again to all our sponsors and to all our members and partners from across Oregon for attending!
Our entire staff will be in Salem this week for the Resident Services 101 and Achieving Equity trainings on Tuesday afternoon, followed by the Spring Conference all day Wednesday.
We are so excited to have a record 284 people registered for the conference! A huge thank you to all our wonderful conference sponsors - we couldn't do this without you. It's going to be an awesome day and a half of sharing best practices, networking, professional development and good times with fellow housing and community development folks from around the state. See you soon!
It was thrilling to hear Gov. Brown call out affordable housing as one of her top priorities during her excellent State of the State address at City Club of Portland today! She cited the "crucial needs" for affordable housing across the state. Yes!
So excited for the proposed $100 million bond investment in housing for low-income families - let's get this done, Oregon! It's simply unacceptable that there are 20,000 homeless children in this state. Everyone deserves a place to call home. Thank you for your leadership, Governor Kate Brown!
We are going to miss Portland Housing Bureau Director Traci Manning. We thank her for her outstanding service, and wish her well on her next adventures! Now the City is recruiting a great new housing director - please share widely.
In honor of National Volunteer Week, we salute our organization's wonderful, brilliant, hardworking Board of Directors: Chair Sean Hubert of Central City Concern, Vice Chair Martha McLennan of Northwest Housing Alternatives, Treasurer Lisa Rogers of CASA of Oregon, Robin Boyce of Housing Development Center, Stacey Howard of NeighborWorks Umpqua, Brigetta Olson of Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services, Nick Sauvie of ROSE Community Development, Ramsay Weit of Community Housing Fund, and (not pictured but still awesome) Tom Kemper of Housing Works, David Ruelas of Bienestar Oregon, and Val Valfre of the Housing Authority of Washington County. Thank you all for your outstanding service!
Oregon Opportunity Network shared Oregon Inclusionary Zoning Coalition's photo.
Thank you, Tina Kotek, Jennifer Williamson, and Alissa Keny-Guyer for House District 46 for your leadership in passing HB 2564, which will allow Oregon communities the option of using this important tool for housing opportunity. On to the Senate!
Portland friends, please join us and many partners at the Welcome Home Coalition kick off party on April 29! #WhyNotPDX?
Congratulations to our members Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO), Native American Youth and Family Center, Community Connection of NE Oregon and to the Housing Authority of Yamhill County for receiving these U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development housing counseling grants.
We wish Oregon had received more than a mere $52,000 out of the $36 million awarded nationwide, but we know these great organizations will make effective use of every penny to help families achieve the dream of successful homeownership.
Oregon Opportunity Network added 2 new photos.
Fellow Oregonians, please contact your legislators and ask them to support Governor Kate Brown's game-changing $100 million bond investment to build affordable family housing.
The housing crisis affects families, workers, veterans, seniors, and people with disabilities in every part of our state. 20,000 homeless children = simply unacceptable. As the Governor notes: "Allocating $100 million for affordable housing can get us closer to living in a state where everyone has access to opportunity and a decent affordable place to call home."
Want more info on the Governor's housing investment proposal? Read more here: http://oregonon.org/files/2014/11/OHCS-100-million-for-housing-April-2015.pdf
Don't know your legislators' address? Click here: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/FindYourLegislator/leg-districts.html
Want to know what's happening in housing statewide? Check out the Oregon ON the Beat April Newsletter! http://conta.cc/1acxiov
Oregon Opportunity Network added 3 new photos.
One of our priority bills, HB 2610 - a technical fix to the agricultural workforce (farmworker) tax credit statute - passed unanimously on the Senate floor today!
Thank you to Senator Chris Edwards for carrying the bill, and to our chief sponsor, Rep. Joe Gallegos. This bill will help ensure continued development of safe, decent, affordable community-based housing for the families who put food on our tables. On to the Governor's desk for signature, woohoo!
(Pictured: children residing in homes developed by Farmworker Housing Development Corp., one of our awesome members providing agricultural workforce housing.)
Oregon Opportunity Network shared JOIN: connecting the street to a home's photo.
Support a great cause while stocking up on the staples! Starting today through April 14th, the New Seasons Market on NE Broadway is donating $2 of every jam or nut butter purchase to JOIN: connecting the street to a home! AND you can do a double good deed by picking up an extra peanut butter or two for JOIN's Basic Service Center - we always need it!
Thank you, Governor Kate Brown, for making investment in housing a priority! Let's hope legislators make housing opportunity a priority as well - this crisis affects every part of our state. "Allocating $100 million for affordable housing can get us closer to living in a state where everyone has access to opportunity and a decent affordable place to call home," the governor's statement says.
Oregon Opportunity Network shared a link.
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!