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Janet and Rep. Nathanson at the first Housing Opportunity Day.

Janet and Rep. Nathanson at the first Housing Opportunity Day.

It’s been a whirlwind leading up to the legislative session, and a busy few weeks so far.

60 brave souls came to Salem in the midst of the snowstorm on February 6th for Housing Opportunity Day to tell their legislators about the needs in Oregon communities. They had great visits, and made progress on our issues. Then, a second wave visited Salem on February 19th. More small-group meetings with legislators helped really make the case for the work we know makes such a difference in people’s lives.

Impact

The good news is:

Foreclosure resources will be released to meet demand in our communities, though we may need to make a case for more money as the year unfolds.

• Foreclosure resources will be released to meet demand in our communities, though we may need to make a case for more money as the year unfolds.

• Properties receiving tax exemptions now as affordable housing will continue receiving those exemptions while we work on a comprehensive solution, thanks to HB 4039.

• And, we expect passage of HB 4038 soon, guaranteeing the Opportunity to Purchase for manufactured home park residents.

With just a handful of days left in the session, the final outcomes on the request for Emergency Housing and State Homeless Assistance resources, and for Lottery Backed Bonds for preservation hang in the balance.

We’re only uncrossing our fingers long enough to make those last minute calls and type the last minute emails communicating both the need and the benefits of these resources.

Looking forward

We’re looking ahead to 2015 as well. Our workgroup on housing Affordability, Balance and Choice will start meeting in mid-March. We’re bringing together a big group of partners to look at new, bold ideas to meet the long term housing needs of all Oregon communities.

Stay tuned and join in as you are able by connecting with us on Facebook and Twitter. Or email me directly with thoughts and questions.


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