Housing & Homelessness

The Portland Business Alliance continues to work with local leaders to find safe, humane solutions for those experiencing homelessness and to improve livability for Portland. The Alliance is an active partner with the Multnomah County Joint Office of Homeless Services and local nonprofits who connect people in need with services.


Latest Activity

VIDEO: Election Q&A: Portland Commissioner No. 2

On April 29, we hosted a two-part discussion with candidates running for Portland's City Council, Commissioner Number 2 in the May 19 primary election.

#WeAreHereTogether – show your support with a sign

We are proud to endorse Measure 26-210 in the May primary to help end chronic homelessness in our region.

Portland Business Alliance Endorses Homeless Services Funding Measure

Representing the largest, most diverse business network in the region, greater Portland’s Chamber of Commerce urges voters to approve supportive services to address chronic homelessness

Regional Economic Toolkit combines economic research, public opinion and policy roadmap

This first edition of our greater Portland Regional Economic Toolkit represents hours of transparent process and collaboration by our members, as well as trusted research by regional experts on public opinion with DHM Research and economic data analysis by ECONorthwest.

Advocating for our region at the national level

Washington, D.C. fly-in, infrastructure plans and the latest on trade

2020 Member-Driven Policy Agenda

This policy agenda represents a six-month transparent and member-led process that included more than 150 hours of committee meetings and engagement by members of the Portland Business Alliance, community advocates, nonprofit leaders and government officials

Help shape the policy agenda for the Portland business community

Announcing new policy committees and member-driven policy agenda process.

Report takes deep look at East County economy

Annual Economic Check-up finds disparities in jobs, housing, work-life balance compared to the rest of the region.

New poll finds top concerns for Portland region voters

Homelessness, housing affordability and congestion remain top concerns; Shift in views on city governance and climate change

Portland Business Alliance board of directors endorses regional affordable housing bond

Bond revenue will support thousands of new affordable homes for low-income residents

City announces new winter shelter

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.

Alliance presses for solutions

The Alliance joined Mayor Wheeler at a press conference on Oct. 6 to discuss actions the city is taking to address homelessness.

2017 legislative wrap up

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.

A look at the 2017 legislative session

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.

Portland Can Do Better wins national awards

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.

Homelessness up, but progress has been made

The Multnomah County Point in Time Count was just released, updating the previous 2015 count of the homeless population.

City and county approve budgets

The city and county each approved budgets for the 2017-2018 fiscal years.

Alliance works with leaders to end homelessness

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.

Portland City Council approves inclusionary housing policy that may slow new development

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.

Alliance shares thoughts on residential infill project

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.

Alliance submits comments on proposed inclusionary housing policy

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.

Alliance weighs in on city of Portland’s consideration of development impact fee

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.

Alliance provides feedback on shelter options

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.

Alliance shows support for Mass Shelters and Housing Zoning Code update

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.

Alliance outlines position on use of Terminal 1

​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.

Portland can still do better

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.

Central City 2035 Plan considered by the Planning and Sustainability Commission

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.

Portland Construction Excise Tax Proposed to Fund Affordable Housing

A construction excise tax (CET) of 1 percent of permit valuation was proposed by Commissioner Dan Saltzman to fund affordable housing.

Alliance joins coalition of business and neighborhoods in lawsuit on mayor's camping policy

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.

Alliance weighs in on Right 2 Dream Too relocation

The Alliance testified in opposition to a zoning confirmation letter that finds that Right2DreamToo is a “community use” under the city’s zoning code.

Alliance helps facilitate opening of new downtown Peace Shelter for homeless

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.

Alliance seeks clarification on city's camping policy

Camping on public property or public right of way is illegal under to Portland city code.

Alliance supports piloting a homeless shelter at Wapato Jail

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.

Alliance advocates for more tools to manage illegal behavior in North Park Blocks

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.

Alliance expresses concern for increase in tax increment financing for affordable housing

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.


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As a member there are many ways to get involved in the Alliance, whether you are a young professional, a small business owner, a major employer or a person who simply wants to lend a hand.
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economic reports

As part of the Value of Jobs Coalition, the Alliance has a vision for the Portland region: To create a prosperous, healthy community with a good quality of life for everyone. This starts with more private-sector jobs. A series of reports by the coalition shows why family-wage, private-sector job creation must be a regional priority.
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