We’re Celebrating Yes, But Still in the Struggle

On Thursday, May 16, Oregon Housing Alliance convened a diverse group of Central Oregon housing advocates and policy experts to celebrate legislative wins during the 2024 Legislative Session.

Due to growing popularity, Central Oregon continues to experience housing shortages resulting in soaring prices which disproportionately impact Black, Indigenous and People of Color. 

Housing Alliance members discussed the roles their organizations play in resolving the housing crisis and the next steps the coalition will need to take. We were also joined by several elected officials, including city councilors from the Cities of Bend and Sisters, Bend Mayor Melanie Kebler, as well as Oregon State Representatives Emerson Levy and Jason Kropf.

Oregon Housing Alliance members like Rooted Homes have been instrumental in creating affordable housing. Cameron and Rebekah toured the new Rooted Homes Poplar development in Bend where families moved in earlier this year. These sustainably built workforce housing will remain permanently affordable through the community land trust model.

Special thanks to the Unofficial Logging Co for letting us use their space and instructing attendees on axe throwing technique and to the City of Bend Housing Department who helped us organize the event. We appreciate you!