Governor Brown Signs Seven Affordable Housing Bills

Tuesday, July 28 was an exciting day.  A group of advocates and legislative champions gathered with Governor Kate Brown who signed seven bills that will bring more housing opportunity to Oregonians.

Organizations represented included Habitat for Humanity of Oregon, Oregon Opportunity Network, CASA of Oregon, PCUN, Farmworker Housing Development Corporation, PCRI, Oregon Housing and Community Services Agency and NOAH.

Governor Brown signed:

  • HB 2690 -Clarify ORS 307.130 to enable nonprofit homeownership developers serving households earning up to 80% of the area median income to hold this property tax-free.
  • HB 2610 – Update and technical fix to Farmworker Housing Statutes.
  • HB 3082 – Allow residents of nonprofit owned residences to remain in their homes if incomes rise above 60% of area median income without triggering increased property tax bills unless incomes exceed 80% AMI.
  • HB 2442 – Support Oregon Housing and Community Services as it restructures to assume a stronger leadership role in statewide housing conversations and policy.
  • HB 3524 – Requires that state agencies grant right of first refusal to developers of affordable housing when selling or disposing of land.
  • HB 2629 – Provide 1-year notice to residents of impending maturity of mortgages financed through USDA Rural Development program.
  • HB 3016 –  Modifies provisions of capital gains exemption for amounts received for sale of manufactured dwelling park.