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Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJune 29, 2015 at 2:55 pm

"You’ve already given your time and passion by writing a letter. Now it’s time you leave it all on the field and call your State Senator and Representative. Your call in support of Housing Opportunity could be the one that makes up your legislators’ minds." Yes! Click below for legislator contact info and talking points, courtesy of the Oregon Housing Alliance. Let's do this!

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How to Increase Your Impact in the Legislature

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Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJune 29, 2015 at 9:53 am

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici sings the praises of REACH's Orchards at Orenco Passsive House apartments- 57 affordable homes in Hillsboro. Thank you for your strong support, Congresswoman!

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Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJune 25, 2015 at 9:37 am
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Facebook IconJune 25, 2015 at 9:36 am

Great coverage in Trib - we are proud to be part of this coalition! "Many of the provisions were proposed by an ad hoc coalition of 22 community groups now called Anti-Displacement PDX. The group proposed an 11-point plan aimed at preventing the further displacement of low-income residents and people of color from their neighborhoods due to gentrification, and push the city to provide more affordable housing."

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Panel starts adding anti-gentrification planks in Portland comprehensive plan

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As the planning and sustainability commissioners started taking up the provisions one by one, members of the 22 groups cheered and shared cake to celebrate their triumph.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJune 24, 2015 at 2:25 pm

Final push in Salem - contact your legislators today and ask them to SAY YES and STAND UP for $100 million for new homes and other investments in housing opportunity!

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There's Still Time to Make an Impact on Housing Opportunity

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Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJune 24, 2015 at 10:43 am

Submit a Workshop Proposal for the Fall Industry Support Conference! http://conta.cc/1N7eS6j

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Submit a Workshop Proposal for the Fall Industry Support Conference!

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In particular, we are seeking sessions that provide how-to, skill-building content and showcase how innovators are solving business problems for their organizations by leveraging resources, implementing best practices and forging new partnerships to strengthen and sustain the industry.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJune 23, 2015 at 5:20 pm

Celebrating at the Planning and Sustainability Commission as they adopt all 11 anti-displacement measures crafted by the Anti-Diplacement Coalition and BPS staff.

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Oregon Opportunity Network
June 23, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Oregon Opportunity Network shared Innovative Housing, Inc.'s album.

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Facebook IconJune 18, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Important update from Oregon Housing Alliance - with about 3 weeks (or less) left of the legislative session, let's finish strong for housing opportunity!

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Critical Housing Opportunity Update

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We’re still hard at work in Salem trying to increase housing opportunity. Our costs to support our work and your participation in Housing Opportunity Days have been higher than anticipated. We have a donor who will match contributions up to $2500 dollar for dollar – please help us end the fiscal yea…

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJune 18, 2015 at 8:20 am

As the legislative session winds down, "Gov. Kate Brown and House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, have their own agenda: finding $100 million to build thousands of units of affordable housing." Thank you for leadership, Governor Kate Brown and Speaker Tina Kotek! This new and more flexible funding source for housing will unlock creativity, leverage additional resources and create jobs at the local level. Let's create a better future for the next generation! #Homes4Oregon

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http://www.oregonlive.com

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Lawmakers wrestling with what they say is an unusually large list of requests for bond-financed projects — ranging from courthouse fixes to help for universities — expect to come up with a near-final list by the end of this week.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJune 17, 2015 at 2:44 pm

Great work, NeighborWorks Umpqua! "When county officials recognized that families living in older manufactured homes were suffering more frequently from injuries like falls and from respiratory conditions such as asthma, they launched a health impact assessment to inform a proposed pilot project called the Housing Stock Upgrade Initiative. The initiative would provide lower-cost loans or other funds to make repairing or replacing a manufactured home more affordable to Curry County residents."

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Health Impact Assessment Helps Families Replace Unsafe Manufactured Housing

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A recent health impact assessment in Oregon is helping low-income families replace substandard manufactured homes that can contribute to serious health risks. In Curry County, along Oregon’s rugged southern coast, many families live in poverty, and 33 percent of county residents live in manufactured…

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

Hello Portland friends, please join us at this important upcoming action!

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End Displacement Now! Celebration at Planning Commission hearing!

End Displacement Now! Celebration at Planning Commission hearing!

Join us to CELEBRATE as the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission votes on a series of amendments to include STRONG anti-displacement measures in the city's new Comprehensive Plan!

1900 SW 4th Ave. Meet at the main entrance of the building at 6:00pm! Wear pink if you've got it!

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJune 16, 2015 at 4:31 pm

Oregon Opportunity Network added 7 new photos to the album: Portland Forum: New Generation of Housing Leaders.

We were thrilled to host a panel of emerging leaders for an inspiring discussion of challenges, opportunities and calls to action for housing opportunity in our community.

Just a few takeaways:
* Talk to people about housing solutions - it will take all of us working together to organize for justice (and funding!)
* Portland has the resources, especially among our most wealthy - we need the political will
* Let's empower the communities that have been impacted by displacement and lack of housing to tell their story, organize for change
* Get to know your neighbors, people you don't normally talk to who may not look like you - get comfortable with Portland's growing diversity
* We need these leaders (and other like-minded progressive leaders) to run for office!

Huge thanks to this amazing panel:

* Michael Buonocore, Home Forward
* Cat Goughnour, Radix Consulting Group
* Cameron Herrington, Living Cully
* Edward Hill, Groundwork Portland
* Jes Larson, @Welcome Home Coal
* Vivian Satterfield, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon
* Shannon Singleton, JOIN: connecting the street to a home
* Maggie Tallmadge, Coalition of Communities of Color
* Dan Valliere, REACH CDC

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Portland Forum: New Generation of Housing Leaders

We were thrilled to host a panel of emerging leaders for an inspiring discussion of challenges, opportunities and calls to action for housing opportunity in our community.

Just a few takeaways:
* Talk to people about housing solutions - it will take all of us working together to organize for justice (and funding!)
* Portland has the resources, especially among our most wealthy - we need the political will
* Let's empower the communities that have been impacted by displacement and lack of housing to tell their story, organize for change
* Get to know your neighbors, people you don't normally talk to who may not look like you - get comfortable with Portland's growing diversity
* We need these leaders (and other like-minded progressive leaders) to run for office!

Huge thanks to this amazing panel:

* Michael Buonocore, @[533500843403729:274:Home Forward]
* Cat Goughnour, @[611595038950872:274:Radix Consulting Group]
* Cameron Herrington, @[1617121015178601:274:Living Cully]
* Edward Hill, @[173793609340057:274:Groundwork Portland]
* Jes Larson, @Welcome Home Coal
* Vivian Satterfield, @[213230043531:274:OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon]
* Shannon Singleton, @[11993587534:274:JOIN\: connecting the street to a home]
* Maggie Tallmadge, @[224779520962490:274:Coalition of Communities of Color]
* Dan Valliere, @[164520541381:274:REACH CDC]

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJune 9, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Great piece by pollster Adam Davis on how to build support for Governor Kate Brown's historic $100 million for homes proposal. "The governor and her supporters can make strong connections to other issues Oregonians care about ... such as helping children succeed in school and life, and making it possible for hard-working families to get the housing they need without sacrificing food and basic necessities."

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Affordable housing on shaky grounds? It depends

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By itself, affordable housing isn't a top issue with Oregonians. But when combined with local job creation, it becomes a potential winning issue.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJune 5, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Check out this month's enews!

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Oregon On The Beat « Oregon Opportunity Network

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Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJune 4, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Oregon Opportunity Network added 2 new photos — with Martha McLennan and Jim Moorefield at Julian Hotel.

Governor Kate Brown spoke to a large crowd under sunny skies in Corvallis today at the re-opening of the Hotel Julian, an affordable housing project preserved through a collaboration between Oregon ON members Northwest Housing Alternatives and Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful project. The Governor thanked the crowd and called on the legislature to approve her request for $100 million for affordable housing! Thanks for your support, Governor!

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Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconMay 28, 2015 at 1:13 pm

Portland friends, join us on June 16th to hear from an amazing panel of young housing leaders - starting promptly at noon in the Buchan Room at the First Unitarian Church, 1226 SW Salmon. We're excited to have joining us for insights and discussion on the future of housing opportunity and community development:

* Michael Buonocore, Home Forward
* Cat Goughnour, Radix Consulting Group
* Cameron Herrington, Living Cully
* Edward Hill, Groundwork Portland
* Jes Larson, Welcome Home Coalition
* Vivian Satterfield, OPAL
* Shannon Singleton, JOIN
* Maggie Tallmadge, Coalition of Communities of Color
* Dan Valliere, REACH

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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
May 22, 2015 at 8:29 am

Oregon Opportunity Network shared Neighborhood Partnerships's photo.

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Neighborhood Partnerships

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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http://www.oregonlive.com

oregonlive.com

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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Habitat for Humanity of Oregon

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

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!