Policy work is collaborative, and Housing Oregon works with many partners throughout the year to affect change on the local and state levels. A hearty Thank You! to all who came to testify at committee hearings, called their legislators and otherwise helped to move our agenda forward.

Policy work is collaborative, and Housing Oregon works with many partners throughout the year to affect change on the local and state levels. A hearty Thank You! to all who came to testify at committee hearings, called their legislators and otherwise helped to move our agenda forward.

Here’s what those efforts accomplished in 2016

Here’s what those efforts accomplished in 2016

Portland Says Yes to Affordable Housing!

Portland voters said yes to the Affordable Housing Bond Measure (Measure 26-179) to create thousands of units of housing for the lowest income brackets in the Portland metro area! Welcome Home Coalition led this successful campaign! Today, Welcome Home is a program of Housing Oregon.

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Portland Says Yes to Affordable Housing!

Portland voters said yes to the Affordable Housing Bond Measure (Measure 26-179) to create thousands of units of housing for the lowest income brackets in the Portland metro area! Welcome Home Coalition led this successful campaign! Today, Welcome Home is a program of Housing Oregon.

OregonLifts Ban on Inclusionary Zoning.

The Oregon Legislature passed and Governor Brown signed into law SB1533 ending Oregon’s 17-year ban on inclusionary zoning. Counties in Oregon now have more options to require developers to include affordable housing units in new construction of multifamily units.

Ban on RentIncreasesfor Month-to-Month Renters.

The Legislature passed and Governor Brown signed into law House Bill 4143 focused on renters with month-to-month leases. It bans rent increases in the first year of the lease, and requires 90-days notice for any increases after the first year or for no-cause evictions.

Commitment for $100 Million to House Low-Income Families.

The Oregon Legislature passed and Governor Brown signed into law SB 1582. This bill outlines details for the new Local Innovation and FAst Track (LIFT) bond program to build housing for low-income families in Oregon. The Oregon Housing and Community Services Department will work to implement this.

Keep Affordable Housing Owned by Nonprofits Stable.

The Oregon Legislature passed and Governor Brown signed into law HB 4081. This bill protects a property tax exemption that was passed in 2014 supporting nonprofits that own affordable housing. This bill helps ensure more than 2,000 homes statewide remain affordable.

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