Over the next few months, Mayor Katz and Commissioner Sten will be convening a commission focused on finding new funding for affordable housing. What is mildly confusing about this is does it mean that they want to develop new housing ala columbia village or does that mean that they will work to reduce or keep reasonable rent rates reasonable or does will they simultaneously try to accomplish both or something else?
In the Portland Metro area, 32% of all families do not have affordable housing.
The wage needed to afford a 2-bedroom apartment at Fair Market Rent in Portland is $14.83/hr.
446 people were turned away from shelters during Multnomah County's 2002 "One Night Shelter Count."
47% of people accessing Food Banks spent over half of their monthly income.
Over 50% of Portland's population rents their housing.
Tell your own story. The City Council will not understand what you value or what affects your life if you do not explain it to them in a coherent way. In 20-40 words describe why affordable housing will make your life easier. Let them know why affordable housing is good for you.
An example: "I should not have to choose between paying rent and buying food."
Another example: "I should not have to live next door to drug dealers because I can't afford rent in a safer neighborhood."
Vera Katz, Mayor
Commissioner of Finance and Administration
1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 340, 97204
Commissioner of Public Works
Position Number 2
1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 240, 97204