Portland City Club Says City Needs To Move Now On Affordable Housing

PORTLAND, Ore.–   The draft report wants action now on housing not a business as usual approach. Recommendations laid out in the City Club Report include:

* The city should ban no – cause evictions and enact a just-cause eviction policy.

*The Oregon Legislature should end the ban on local rent regulation.

*The city should remove barriers and identify incentives that encourage development of more housing types and work with neighbors to dispel concerns about “missing middle housing.”

*The city of Portland, Portland Development Commission and Metro should fund a land bank for affordable housing that strategically purchases properties.

*Portland City Council should create and fund dedicated revenue streams to build new subsidized affordable housing units.

*The city should implement a landlord licensing system that would allow for data collection, increased inspections and education.  A minority report further recommended that the city update zoning to allow middle housing development immediately. “Portland does not have acceptable housing affordability for a city of it’s size, demographics, sensibilities, and priorities.  Our laws, policies, and accepted practices regarding zoning, lending, and the rights of renters and owners of single-family homes no longer serve the population well. ”



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