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  • Tuesday, February 07, 2017 6:08 PM | Anonymous

    Housing advocates seek cap on Oregon's mortgage interest deduction

    by Joanne Zuhl | 12 Jan 2017

    Oregon’s biggest – and most beloved – housing subsidy is subsidizing the wrong people.

    That’s the perspective of a growing coalition of organizations looking to modify Oregon’s mortgage interest deduction, or MID, to make it more equitable for moderate- to lower-income homeowners.

    These are the homeowners who need it, they say, not the state’s top 20 percent of income earners, who claim more than 60 percent of the state subsidy in terms of dollars.

    “At a time when we are facing a severe housing crisis in Oregon, the biggest housing subsidy in our state is mostly giving money to the most well-off Oregonians – people who already have a home, who are in secure shelter for themselves and really do not need any help from the state to afford a home,” said Juan Carlos Ordóñez, communications director with the Oregon Center for Public Policy, or OCPP. “Reforming the MID is something that should have been done a long time ago. But Oregon’s housing crisis certainly adds urgency to this.”

    The OCPP is joining the Oregon Opportunity Network, a statewide coalition of affordable housing and low-income services, in spearheading legislation for the 2017 legislative session in Salem. 

    Read the full article here. Update: since this article was published, the coalition proposal changed to increase the cap on the MID to $15,000. And, the coalition has grown with new partners the Children's Agenda, Coalition of Communities of Color, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Enterprise Community Partners, the League of Women Voters of Oregon, and the Welcome Home Coalition!

  • Tuesday, February 07, 2017 1:51 PM | Anonymous

    Though landlords and politicians including Kotek agree that Oregon is in the throes of an affordable housing crisis, they diverge on how to solve it! Read complete article...

  • Tuesday, February 07, 2017 1:10 PM | Anonymous

    Calling All Young Artists: The Fair Housing Council of Oregon Opens Their 19th Annual Fair Housing Poster Contest Poster Contest Press Release.docx

  • Tuesday, February 07, 2017 11:05 AM | Anonymous

    Our 2017 Housing Opportunity Days will be Wednesday, March 22 and Thursday, May 18. Every session, we host Housing Opportunity Days at the Capitol. These are some of the most important, exciting, and fun days of the session—and we need you to make them a success. On these days, we arrange visits with your legislators, form teams, provide training, and send you off into the building to talk about the Housing Opportunity Agenda. This is a great way to get involved during the legislative session and send a clear message that we need bold action on housing now! For people who have never attended a Housing Opportunity Day before, we promise we’ll make it fun and easy. Carpools will be available. Register here...

  • Monday, February 06, 2017 10:33 AM | Anonymous

    Dear OHCS Partners,

    I'm excited to share that earlier today the Housing Stability Council approved funding recommendations for the Local Innovation and Fast Tract (LIFT) NOFA. As you may remember, this is the first set of awards under the new LIFT affordable housing program and the first use of Article XI Q bonding as a funding source. We funded 12 projects providing 965 Oregon families with a place to call home. Continue Reading...

  • Wednesday, February 01, 2017 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    The end of the year is a time for reflection, both on the year past and the year to come; it’s also a time when we ask for your support. There’s a pressing need for us to do both here Continue Reading...

  • Wednesday, February 01, 2017 3:08 PM | Anonymous

    The Mercy Corps Northwest VISTA Program is currently recruiting organizations that are interested in hosting an AmeriCorps VISTA member for the service year of August 2017- August 2018. VISTA members build the capacity of organizations, delivering new innovations to end poverty in Oregon. MCNW hopes to recruit between seven and nine organizations for this cohort. Read more...

  • Thursday, December 08, 2016 1:48 PM | Anonymous

    SALEM — The city of Salem is buying a historic building on the Oregon State Hospital campus, and hopes to transform it into affordable housing. Read more...

  • Wednesday, November 09, 2016 1:55 PM | Anonymous

    U.S. Housing and Urban Development Northwest Regional Administrator Donna Batch announced that Doug Carlson, a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, has been named as Field Office Director for HUD in Oregon, effective October 31, 2016. He will be based at HUD’s offices in Portland and he succeeds Margaret Salazar who has been appointed by Oregon Governor Kate Brown to serve as director of Oregon Housing and Community Services.   

    “Doug is an excellent fit for this position and is highly-regarded by his colleagues at HUD and by our partners in Oregon, Idaho and across the Northwest. He has more than 30 years of experience in the field of housing and community development, including work in local government and the nonprofit sector,” said Regional Administrator Batch.  “He brings particular interest and expertise in development practices and public policies designed to eradicate poverty, building community, managing growth and fostering sustainability.” 

    Doug joined HUD in 1990 and, in 1998, was named Director of Community Planning & Development with oversight responsibility over more than 45 grantees in Oregon and Idaho receiving funds through the Community Development Block Grant, Continuum of Care, HOME Investment Partnership, Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS/HIV programs, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and a host of other HUD-funded programs which generate more than $100 million annually in critical Federal housing, community & economic development assistance to scores of local governments & non-profit housing providers across the two states. 

    Doug was born in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He is a graduate of Boise State University earned a master of public administration degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and currently is a Senior Fellow Partnership for Public Service’s Excellence in Government Program.

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