August Housing Alliance Update

The Housing Alliance is gearing up for the upcoming 2011 Legislative Session.  We have a series of membership meetings planned, and we are getting ready to finalize our agenda.

In September and October, we’ll hold two Housing Alliance Membership Meetings.  We will be meeting in Salem on Monday, September 27, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday, October 29, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Prospective members may be invited to attend, but will not be allowed to vote—please contact Alison McIntosh if you are a prospective member or have an organization you would like to invite. Find out how to join the Housing Alliance!

Another revenue forecast is scheduled to be released on August 26, 2010.  We will be watching this closely, both to see what it holds for the remainder of this biennium as well as 2011-2013.  Early reports are predicting another downturn—which will make meeting needs and balancing the budget even harder than we already anticipated.

We are continuing to refine our list of legislative priorities.  Right now, the list includes:

Maintain Document Recording Fee Resources for Affordable Housing;
Increase the Emergency Housing Account;
Preserve Existing Affordable Housing;
Maintain current tools to keep affordable housing affordable, including the Oregon Affordable Housing Tax Credit and maintaining state enabling legislation for local property tax abatement programs;
Permanent supporting housing construction to help end homelessness;
Increasing resources to support Minority Homeownership;
Expanding protections for tenants in foreclosed properties;
Supporting resident purchases of manufactured home parks;
Supporting land trusts; and
Protecting homeless from hate crimes.

A full and more detailed list is available here.

Questions? E-mail us.