Legislation is in the works to help address the shortage of affordable housing statewide.
Lawmakers plan to offer an omnibus housing
bill in February to respond to a shortage of affordable housing that
has reached crisis levels statewide.
The House Committee on Human Services and Housing has two months
to finalize details of the proposal, said committee Chairwoman Rep.
“We want to figure out what we can do to help people who are
struggling right now,” Keny-Guyer said.
Portland Democrat said the committee also plans to bring back
legislation to increase funding for a state program that helps build
new affordable housing for families with children who are at risk of
homelessness. In 2015, the Legislature committed $40 million of
general obligation bonds to support the program. Keny-Guyer said she
wants lawmakers to approve $60 million more......To Read More...
Editor's Note: Here's a published
comment worth reading:
is yet another story of the
of government to ameliorate the excesses
of our American free market economy with regards to housing.
It is a policy issue which continues to bedevil politicians because
most of them do
the education, the meaningful, accurate, complete and timely Public
and Affordable Housing Statistical Data nor the skill to debate the
matter with facts, clarity and defensible arguments. The same is true
for the Press.
standard political response to a so-called “housing crisis” is to
throw more taxpayer dollars at the problem which they always
deliberately misidentify as “affordable housing” * when what they
are really talking about is PUBLIC HOUSING.**
is always missing are the facts that support exactly which
economic constituency(s) has a “housing crisis”, to what degree
and in which neighborhoods.
Defining the problem and solution by neighborhoods
for the public to understand how the government’s decision making
will affect them.
Explaining housing decisions by neighborhood is anathema
to every politician because it exposes their ignorant, indefensible
undefined is precisely on which economic constituency(s)
and in which neighborhoods
will the proposed tax dollars be spent?
does the solution match the problem?
Of course the answer is always, We Don’t Have A Clue.
Hardly any other public policy
exposes the myth of
holding government accountable more then that of housing. And so it
Ellmyer. North Portland
of more stories on the politics, players and policies of Public
Housing and its euphemisms, Affordable/ Regulated Affordable/
Publicly Subsidized Affordable and Low-Income Housing in Multnomah
County over the last fourteen years than all other journalists and
elected officials combined.