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  • 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.

  • Tuesday, May 03, 2016 10:55 AM | Deleted user

    When Meyer’s current five-year Affordable Housing Initiative (AHI) launched in 2014, it felt audacious. We worked with the field to craft a refreshed framework of strategies, aimed towards innovation, systems change and the leveraging of resources.  With two dedicated and experienced program officers leading the initiative, we set out to change how Meyer advanced its affordable housing work. And the equity focus that is now central to Meyer’s work was, in several key ways, first tested through AHI’s work over the last two years.

    Now it’s time to take stock of our progress to date. Kristina Smock Consulting recently completed an assessment of the first full year of AHI’s refreshed grantmaking. 

    Read the evaluation highlights and full report here.

  • Thursday, April 28, 2016 4:19 PM | Deleted user

    KOIN News

    One of the bills signed by Governor Brown prohibits landlords from raising rent for the first year of a month-to-month lease. A second bill requires landlords to give renters 90 days notice before raising rent for tenants who have lived in a home more than a year. The bills also include a stipulation that cities and counties make developers include low income housing in rental and home sale projects.

    Brown says the bills are a start but more needs to be done to address affordable housing in Oregon.

    “We need to build more affordable housing,” Brown told KOIN 6 News. “Partnership, collaboration, we have more federal money coming in, we need to partner with private sector and partner with our local folks at the county and city level.”

    Read what Oregon ON Voting Member Val Valfre of Washington County of Department of Housing Services has to say about the bill.

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