In greater Portland, as in many metropolitan areas around the country, years of federal disinvestment in housing have collided with a period of sharply rising rents and stagnant wages. As a result, thousands of working families, low-income seniors, people with disabilities, veterans and others in our community are struggling to remain in their homes, and many are facing homelessness. Our region’s long history of exclusionary and discriminatory policies means that communities of color have been hit especially hard, and face disproportionately high levels of displacement and housing instability.
But we can do better. Right now, communities are coming together to find solutions that benefit all of us by bringing stability to families and greater opportunity to neighborhoods across the region, shaping our community for decades to come.
In early 2018, the Metro Council directed staff to work with community partners, local officials and the public to develop a potential regional funding measure to create and protect safe and affordable homes across the region. The draft framework for that measure has now been completed. Its message is clear: working together, we can help as many as 10,000 parents, children, seniors and other members of our community find a stable, affordable place to call home.
The draft framework is now being discussed by Metro’s advisory tables, elected officials and the community. Later this month, Metro’s chief operating officer will present a final recommendation to the Metro Council, with the Council expected to vote on a referral in June. If the Metro Council refers the measure, Metro voters in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties will decide on the measure in November.
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Learn more about Metro's work on housing and the consideration of a potential Portland-area affordable housing funding measure in 2018.
Regional housing funding
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