OHCS Statewide Housing Plan Outreach

This post has been updated with the latest link for the schedule, as well as a new set of meeting dates, times & locations! Thank you!  Oregon Housing and Community Services is developing its statewide housing plan and seeking feedback from communities around the state! The statewide housing plan will help determine their policy decisions…

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HB 2912: A new land acquisition fund to support the development of affordable housing

This post is the last in a series explaining key housing bills that passed during the 2017 legislative session. Oregon is in desperate need of more of the opportunities created by decent, stable homes that are affordable to families with low incomes. There are many existing tools used to finance affordable homes, including tax credits,…

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HB 2724: Amplifying the power of renter education with a landlord mitigation fund

This post is the second in a series explaining key housing bills that passed during the 2017 legislative session. Thank you to Caitlyn Kennedy, Rent Well Administrator at Transition Projects, for her help with this post. Alexandra was a single parent to an 8 month old and a 1.5 year old living at an emergency…

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HB 2007/SB 1051: Policies to meet Oregon’s housing needs

This post is the second in a series explaining key housing bills that passed during the 2017 legislative session. Thank you to Housing Alliance member 1000 Friends of Oregon for their contributions to this post. In addition to investing in affordable homes, the 2017 Oregon Legislature passed an important policy bill, SB 1051, to help…

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HB 2002: new tools to help preserve Oregon’s affordable homes

This guest blog post by Rob Prasch from the Network for Oregon Affordable Housing is the first post in a series summarizing important housing bills that passed during the 2017 legislative session. A safe, stable, and affordable home is the foundation for wellbeing and opportunity. For Oregonians who cannot afford market rents, including seniors, people…

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Final recap and thank you – 2017 Legislative Session

An end-of-session message from the Housing Alliance: Dear Housing Alliance Members and Supporters: After a week of reflection on the 2017 Legislative session, we wanted to share some of our thoughts with you, and our appreciations. We knew going into the 2017 Legislative session that housing was going to be a big topic. Across Oregon, our…

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Where we are in the final days of the 2017 legislative session

We’re in the very last days of the 2017 legislative session, which must end by July 10—and it will very likely happen sooner. In this last week, we’ve seen some major progress for housing opportunity, along with disappointments around tenant protections. Resources to meet Oregon’s housing needs Ending homelessness and keeping families in their homes…

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The Emergency Housing Account: Jessica’s path to permanent housing

The Emergency Housing Account moves is a critical piece of the spectrum to move families from homelessness to permanent, affordable housing. Housing Alliance member Northwest Housing Alternatives shared Jessica’s story of how she got back on her feet with resources from the Emergency Housing Account. Proposed funding for the Emergency Housing Account will be reduced, and…

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Just $750 to change a family’s life forever: Doug’s story

It took just $748.68 from the Emergency Housing Account to give Doug and his son the foundation for success and stability. Doug had lost custody of his son and living in his truck for three years when he contacted Housing Alliance member Northwest Housing Alternatives. Through Doug’s hard work, the support of NHA, and resources from the…

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Assistance from the Emergency Housing Account: Kaylie’s path to a safe, stable home

Resources from the Emergency Housing Account create stability for some of our most vulnerable families by enabling them to access permanent housing. “Kaylie” and her three children have experienced a great deal of trauma but finally felt safe when they arrived at Northwest Housing Alternatives’ Annie Ross House. When Kaylie lost her partner in a…

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