• 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.


  • Wednesday, October 05, 2016 5:13 PM | Anonymous

    Tina Kotek proposes controversial measures to help residents stay in homes

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  • Monday, October 03, 2016 3:09 PM | Anonymous

    Amid what officials have called a statewide affordable housing and homelessness crisis, the governor's office on Monday announced the appointment of Margaret Salazar as the new director of Oregon Housing and Community Services. The state agency is responsible for public housing projects...

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  • Monday, August 29, 2016 9:45 AM | Deleted user

    News Release

    Important conversations about housing are taking place in Oregon: availability and affordability, housing the homeless, finding affordable places for families, allowing people to age in place, and making room for new-comers. While there is no one solution for housing issues, there is a new tool that provides useful guidance for Oregonians in a report titled, Character-compatible Space-efficient Housing Options for Single-dwelling Neighborhoods. The result of a recent partnership between the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD), the Department of Transportation (ODOT), and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the report responds to housing trends and best practices identified around the state. The project was spearheaded by DEQ, with assistance from the Transportation Growth Management Program, a cooperative effort between DLCD and ODOT that helps communities link land use and transportation planning.

    Oregon Opportunity Network’s Policy Director, Ruth Adkins, who advocates for housing and community development throughout Oregon, responded to the report saying, “Our state needs a broad range of housing types, prices, and sizes in all neighborhoods. We are excited to see this report's practical, thoughtful solutions for neighborhood housing options across Oregon.”

    The state agencies prepared this report because these housing options provide several community benefits. Demographers have demonstrated a need for affordable housing options that meet the needs of smaller households; however, many zoning codes in Oregon instead encourage the development of large, detached homes. All of the smaller housing types outlined in this report can add to the diversity and affordability of homes in traditional single-dwelling neighborhoods. Also, research by DEQ has found that building smaller homes is among the best practices to reduce the lifetime carbon and energy impacts of single-dwelling housing. Finally, the increased density realized by allowing these smaller housing DLCD types can help make transit service more feasible, and, where neighborhoods contain an appropriate mix of uses, can better support walking and biking as travel options. 

    The complete report is available online: http://www.oregon.gov/LCD/TGM/Pages/SpaceEfficientHousing.aspx

  • Tuesday, August 02, 2016 12:00 PM | Deleted user

    Salem, Ore.- The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), in partnership with the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA), has launched the Veterans Rental Assistance Program, designed to provide transitional housing for military veterans who have serious mental illness and are homeless or at risk for homelessness.

    The new program will provide funding for transitional housing to accommodate up to 147 veterans who do not have permanent homes in Clackamas, Marion, Columbia, Yamhill and Jackson counties. Transitional housing is a stable, but temporary, arrangement meant to help bridge the gap from homelessness to permanent housing.

    “OHA is pleased to partner with the Oregon Department of Veterans’ affairs on this innovative and critical program,” said Karen Wheeler, integrated health programs director for OHA’s Health Systems Division.

    OHA started the Rental Assistance Program in 2013 for individuals with serious mental illness, but this is the first time it has specifically targeted veterans. This year, OHA made $2.5 million available for veterans’ rental assistance and a similar program, which serves young adults who meet the eligibility criteria for serious mental illness and homelessness.

    Click here to read the entire article

  • Monday, June 06, 2016 11:09 AM | Deleted user

    Senate Finance Committee member Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act. The bill would expand the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) by 50 percent in order to create or preserve an additional 400,000 affordable homes over the next ten years. The bill is co-sponsored by Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).

    Source: Naceda

  • Thursday, May 26, 2016 10:10 AM | Deleted user

    The Out of Reach Study, released on May 25th, and published annually by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, calculates a so-called "housing wage", the hourly wage a full-time worker must earn to afford a modest rental home without spending more than 30 percent of his or her income on rent and utilities. Oregon's housing wage was the 18th highest in the nation.

    The amount of money a renter would have to make to afford a two bedroom apartment in Oregon rose by nearly $3 an hour in a single year. The Portland Metro area requires a higher housing wage than the national average - residents in the region need to make $19.63 an hour to afford a one-bedroom apartment and $23.23 an hour for a two-bedroom, according to the study.

    Alison McIntosh, deputy director for policy and communications at Neighborhood Partnerships, and an affiliate member of Oregon ON, said this in reaction to the study: "Housing costs are continuing to rise relative to wages, combined with a huge number of no cause evictions, rapidly increasing rents, and very low vacancy rates. The Legislature can do more to invest in affordable housing and protect tenants, and we'll be advocating for the 2017 Legislature to do more for Oregonians who are affected by the housing crisis."

    The full study, with an interactive map, can be found by clicking here.


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