Housing Supply: a critical piece of the housing puzzle

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 12/26/2017 - 12:30pm

Oregon’s towns and cities have not been building housing at nearly the pace the population has been growing and changing, and therefore we now have both a housing supply and a choice of housing types that is significantly out of step with need.  This is a major contributor to our statewide housing shortage and unaffordability.  Now the Oregon State Office of Economic Analysis (OEA) has put numbers to this -

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  • A Brief Housing Retrospective: 1000 Friends and Goal 10

    Madeline Kovacs
    Tue, 12/26/2017 - 12:00pm

     

    Portland for Everyone’s local fight for zoning reforms and affordable housing is partly the result of a statewide failure to successfully implement Goal 10.

    On Tour with 1000 Friends: Exploring Missing Middle Housing

    Thu, 09/28/2017 (All day)

    On Saturday, September 23rd, 1000 Friends staff and board met with partners for an introduction to our housing work in Portland. Our tour began on SE Madison and 28th Avenue and continued west along SE Madison, one block off of Hawthorne Boulevard, a lively neighborhood commercial corridor.

    Do Strict Land Use Regulations Make Metropolitan Areas More Segregated by Income?

    Michael C. Lens & Paavo Monkkonen
    Journal of the American Planning Association
    Tue, 03/29/2016 (All day)

    ABSTRACT

    Problem, research strategy, and findings: Income segregation has risen in each of the last four decades in U.S. metropolitan areas, which can have lifelong impacts on the health, economic productivity, and behaviors of residents.

    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.

    Housing Opportunity Day and the Fight to Fund Long-Term Housing

    Karli Petrovic

    By all accounts, the Oregon Housing Alliance’s Housing Opportunity Day was a success. On March 11, 2015, more than 250 advocates participated in the day-long event that began at the First United Methodist Church of Salem and ended at the Capitol. Throughout the day, participants met with more than 50 legislators and covered the Capitol’s steps with 20,000 socks that participants collected to draw attention to a startling statistic: 20,000 children and youth experienced homelessness in 2014. And they aren’t the only ones.

    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.

    HRVRC Organizes to Support Inclusionary Zoning Legislation

    Karli Petrovic

    As the Oregon Senate considers the bill to repeal the ban on inclusionary zoning—a housing tool that helps local jurisdictions provide affordable housing options in their communities—it’s important to celebrate the 34-25 vote in the House of Representatives and the groups that helped the bill pass. One of these groups was the Hood River Valley Residents’ Committee. HRVRC, a 1000 Friends of Oregon affiliate group, was particularly effective in organizing and getting the city council to pass a resolution in support of HB 2564.

    Help Washington County's Transportation System

    If you live or work in or near Washington County and care about the county's future transportation choices, please participate in the “Online Open House.” 

    Washington County is embarking on a $1.5 million study to evaluate current transportation conditions and explore what sort of transportation options the county should have over the next 50 years. The county wants to know what you value in a transportation system.

    B-Line Sustainable Delivery Proves Good Land Use is Good for Business

    Karli Petrovic

    When Franklin Jones founded B-Line, a sustainable bike delivery and advertising company, he drew on a wealth of experiences. From his background as a bike and pedestrian planner and then as a sixth-grade humanities teacher to his bike travels through Japan, Europe, and other places abroad, Jones was exposed to the fabric of many cities.

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