Medford Adopts Pro-Housing Strategies

Greg Holmes
Thu, 06/28/2018 (All day)
Cherry Creek Apartments in Medford have 50 1 - 3 bedroom homes for low-income community members.
Photo Credit: Housing Authority of Jackson County

Accessory Dwelling Units - Are Cities and Counties Doing Enough?

Alexis Biddle
Tue, 05/29/2018 (All day)

On July 7th, 2017 the Oregon Legislature passed SB 1051 with overwhelming bipartisan support.  This legislation requires cities and counties of certain sizes to:

Meet Alexis Biddle

Mon, 02/26/2018 (All day)

Urban Circuit Rider

At the beginning of the new year, 1000 Friends brought on Alexis Biddle to be our new Urban Circuit Rider. Alexis has a strong passion for social justice, affordable housing, transportation, and sustainable urban design more generally. The Urban Circuit Rider will complement the work done by our Rural Circuit Rider, Meriel Darzen.

Why Housing For All is Part of Oregon's Land Use System

Madeline Kovacs
Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:45am

In the Fall, 1980 edition of the 1000 Friends newsletter, then-State Housing Council Chair Betty Niven stressed the importance of fully implementing land use planning Goal 10, Housing. Niven reminded readers that reforms required by the Goal pertain not only to housing supply, but also to "what people can afford to pay for a house - what might be called 'income-sensitive zoning.’

Housing for all Oregonians: Our Values

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 3:45pm

Everyone deserves to have a safe, affordable home. Housing people is a metric of a community’s livability and health. Oregonians share this value and have always prided our state on its livability. We now face an outsized challenge in housing. It’s been a long-time brewing, and has now boiled over. Costs are rising because there are not enough homes to go around.

Missing Middle Housing: What you need to know to make it happen in your community

Mia Nelson
Wed, 04/26/2017 - 5:00pm

AARP and 1000 Friends of Oregon partnered to bring ‘missing middle’ conversations to Oregon communities for the second time within a year. This time, we were honored to participate in conversations in Springfield and Medford, with keynote speaker, architect and urbanist, Daniel Parolek, AIA. Mia Nelson spoke at the Springfield event and shares with us her big takeaways from Parolek’s presentation.

The White House shows how to say "YES in my Backyard!"

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 10/25/2016 - 1:30pm

Yes in my Backyard is what we need to make Oregon housing accessible for every resident. 

Local Developer Eli Spevak Promotes Small Spaces with Character

Karli Petrovic

When it comes to building a compact, affordable city, the sticking point often tends to center on aesthetics. Sure, “density” is somewhat of a dirty word, but the dirtiest phrase is often “high-rise apartment building.” Many a neighborhood group has organized around banning this development option in their communities.

Welcome Home Coalition Mobilizes Local Housing Movement

Karli Petrovic

As Oregon continues to weather an affordability crisis, we need all hands on deck to find solutions. Welcome Home Coalition, a Portland Metro-based housing opportunity organization, understands the problem. That’s why the group is leading the local movement to advocate for dedicated resources.

Restore Fair Share Housing: Support HB 2564

UPDATE: The Oregon House of Representatives Passes HB 2564 with 34-25 Vote
 
The bill that would remove the prohibition on cities and counties using inclusionary zoning, one tool used to help provide affordable housing, passed the full House on a 34-25 vote.  Now on to the Senate!  We hope we can count on you to let your Senator know you care about affordable housing and that you want your community to have the inclusionary zoning tool available in your area.
 
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