HOUSING FOR ALL
Portland City Council acts like developer profits are more important than actually providing housing for every Portlander who needs it. Market speculation and a lack of basic tenant protections are driving Portlanders from their homes and into the streets. City Hall should not continue intervening to protect massive developer profits, and instead shift to guaranteeing the right of housing for all Portlanders.
Salem is blocking us from two crucial protections: Rent control and a ban on no-cause evictions. Portland City Council must recognize their power to pressure Republicans and Democrats in Salem to hand over local control to Portlanders so we can solve the rent and houselessness crisis.
Here in Portland, City Hall should buy and refurbish multifamily housing and remove it from the market to keep it permanently affordable. Let’s bypass the middleman and launch a visionary public option for affordable home construction.
“Let’s bypass the middleman and launch a visionary public option for affordable home construction.”
— Julia DeGraw
Salem is staying our hands by refusing to lift their ban on rent control and just-cause reform. Without these tools, we cannot solve the housing crisis. City Council should use its bully pulpit to lead the charge down in Salem and leverage our power to lift the bans—not cow-tow to developer and landlord interests.
Expand crucial relocation assistance to close loopholes and make it permanent for all tenants. This is a basic tenant protection.
We need new home construction, but that’s not our only tool. City Hall should move immediately to obtain currently affordable housing, refurbish it using union labor, and make it permanently affordable through community ownership.
Portland tenants need one, standardized rental application. Some tenants are currently paying hundreds of dollars in application fees only to face rejection after rejection—a reality faced disproportionately by tenants of color and tenants of LGBTQIA identities.
City Hall should redirect subsidies for luxury housing into community land trusts, communal ownership models, and a public option for affordable home construction.
Compile a database of zombie homes to address unsafe derelict properties, collect property taxes to fund public services, and identify opportunities for community ownership of affordable housing.
End sweeps of houseless communities. We must stop criminalizing houselessness. Poverty is not a crime, and all deserve a place to rest.
The USDA reported that 1 in 7 Oregon households (14.6%) were food insecure in 2014-2016. The City must put more funding toward feeding hungry Portlanders.