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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?
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."
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.
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!
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!
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.
The President's budget, if funded, would allow us to dramatically increase permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless people.
"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."
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!
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.”
Excited to be at Housing Land Advocates conference today - focus on health and housing and well-deserved award to the great Dr. Lisa Bates.
Oregon Opportunity Network shared Anti-Displacement PDX's event.
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 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!
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!
Oregon Opportunity Network shared The Community Alliance of Tenants's photo.
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
Oregon Opportunity Network shared a link.
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!
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!
“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.
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!