Housing & Homelessness
Bond revenue will support thousands of new affordable homes for low-income residents
As winter weather approaches, the Alliance continues to work with social service providers in an effort to identify additional services for people now sleeping on the streets, including additional shelter beds, transitional housing and supportive permanent housing.
The Alliance joined Mayor Wheeler at a press conference on Oct. 6 to discuss actions the city is taking to address homelessness.
The 2017 legislative session adjourned sine die on Friday, July 7, 2017. The session began with two major issues to tackle: addressing the state’s $1.6 billion budget deficit and passing a transportation package. With higher-than-expected revenues in the May revenue forecast, the number on which the budget is based, the deficit decreased to $1.4 billion. Though there were exceptions, for most of the session both chambers were reluctant to move controversial bills that could make bipartisan efforts related to the big issues more difficult.
The 2017 legislative session adjourned on Friday, July 7, 2017. The session began in February with two major issues facing lawmakers: Addressing the state’s budget deficit of $1.6 billion (later revised to $1.4 billion after a better-than-expected May revenue forecast), and passing a comprehensive transportation package.
On July 18, 2017, the Portland Business Alliance was awarded a Communications Excellence Best in Show Award and Grand Award from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) in recognition of our Portland Can Do Better advocacy campaign.
The Multnomah County Point in Time Count was just released, updating the previous 2015 count of the homeless population.
The city and county each approved budgets for the 2017-2018 fiscal years.
The Alliance continues to work with elected officials, as well as private and nonprofit partners to identify additional emergency shelter capacity for people sleeping outside.
The Alliance urged Portland City Council to take a cautious approach on implementing an inclusionary housing policy, citing the need for proper calibration of required affordable units and incentives in the program.
The city of Portland held a hearing on policy changes recommended following a stakeholder process to identify ways to encourage middle-income housing within the city.
The Alliance submitted comments to the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission on the proposed inclusionary housing policy proposed by Commissioner Dan Saltzman and the Portland Housing Bureau.
The city is exploring the potential for a development impact/linkage fee for affordable housing and plans to commission a nexus study to determine the economic feasibility of such a fee.
A Home for Everyone, the coordinating body developing long-term strategies to address homelessness, received a presentation that included a subcommittee recommendation for organized camping as an option.
The Alliance weighed in in support of the city of Portland’s proposed Mass Shelters and Housing Zoning Code Update that seeks to remove barriers to citing affordable housing projects, mass shelters and short-term housing.
The following letter outlines the Alliance's position on the use of Terminal 1 and the potential for the property to address goals around homelessness and middle income job creation, both of which are needed in the Portland community.
The Alliance’s campaign, Portland Can Do Better, is now a year old and continues to call on local leaders to find safe, humane solutions for those experiencing homelessness and to improve livability for Portland.
The Alliance provided feedback to the Planning and Sustainability Commission on the Central City 2035 Plan, an update of the city of Portland’s comprehensive plan focused on the downtown core and inner neighborhoods.
A construction excise tax (CET) of 1 percent of permit valuation was proposed by Commissioner Dan Saltzman to fund affordable housing.
The Safe and Livable Coalition, made up of businesses and neighborhood associations, filed a complaint in Multnomah County Circuit Court against Mayor Charlie Hales’ Safe Sleep Policy.
The Alliance testified in opposition to a zoning confirmation letter that finds that Right2DreamToo is a “community use” under the city’s zoning code.
The Alliance worked closely with the Barry Menashe family, Commissioner Dan Saltzman’s office and Transition Projects Inc. to facilitate the opening of a temporary men’s shelter at SW 4th and SW Washington.
Camping on public property or public right of way is illegal under to Portland city code.
The Alliance is urging the Multnomah County Commission to explore a near-term pilot project to use a portion of the vacant Wapato jail facility as a homeless shelter.
In addition to finding safer and more humane solutions for people who sleep outside, the Alliance is urging for more tools to address illegal behavior.
The Alliance is a longtime supporter of the appropriate use of tax increment financing and urban renewal, however it is concerned about the city’s proposed increase of TIF investments for affordable housing.
These FAR bonus and transfer options are meant to prioritize affordable housing development and support other targeted public benefits in the central city.
The Alliance is urging Mayor Charlie Hales and members of Portland City Council to find safer and more humane solutions for people who sleep outside and to prioritize the safety, cleanliness and livability of our city’s public spaces.
The Alliance and Homebuilders Association of Metro Portland, Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors, Building Owner Manager Association, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties Oregon Chapter, Commercial Association of Broker filed a Writ of Review in Multnomah County Circuit Court that challenges the new Park System Development Charge (SDC) methodology as being out of compliance with state laws that govern how SDC's are assessed.