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Next week at City Council we will have a chance to share the State of Housing Report with you. It will not become public until tomorrow afternoon when the Council Agenda is posted at this link: http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=26997
We as a City have accomplished a lot—there are over 1,100 affordable units in the pipeline right now—but clearly we have much work to do.
In broad strokes, I wanted to share with you the numerous ways we are working to tackle the affordable housing crisis in Portland. These initiatives have been in the pipeline for some time or have been discussed in Council in various forms. But our phones continue to ring with questions and our email inbox continues to fill with stories of our fellow Portlanders suffering the effects of this tight rental market. Portland is facing some of the highest rental increases in the nation. People are afraid they will be priced out or otherwise displaced from their neighborhood. They are wrestling with Portland’s growth and the impact of infill development on their daily lives. Their stories are living proof of how the lack of housing or housing instability affects mental health and well-being.
Following the State of Housing Report, we have a series of items coming to Council soon related to housing I want you to know about:
I want to thank my council colleagues and the Multnomah County Commission for their support of the recent changes to the MULTE program. We expect 200 new units from this program to be online quickly. In addition, this Spring we will also have a chance to adapt our FAR Bonus Program which will provide significant funding for affordable housing and new units.
I hope this information is helpful to you as Council takes up these and other issues related to the affordable housing crisis in the coming months.
As always please feel free to reach out any time to my office by calling (503) 823-4151 or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org