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Oregon Clamping Down On Fund That Repaid Section 8 Landlords

Statesman Journal | July 24, 2017 6:20 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Since it’s 2013 launch, the Housing Choice Landlord Guarantee fund has paid out $625,000 to landlords claiming that Section 8 renters damaged their units.

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Proposal Would Put Oregon At Forefront In Renter Protections

AP | May 2, 2017 8:07 a.m. | Portland

Facing a steep housing crisis across the state, lawmakers are debating remedies for what House Speaker Tina Kotek calls an "emergency that demands bold action.

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Across Much Of Oregon, Renters Feel The Brunt Of The Housing Crunch

AP | May 2, 2017 7:37 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

Oregon has become a desirable place to live, with droves of people moving to the state in the Pacific Northwest. But the availability of housing has not kept up.

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Portland Mayor: Homeless Camp Will Stay For Now

OPB | March 22, 2017 7:45 a.m. | Portland

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler says the city wants to bring in a team of mediators to help determine the fate of the Hazelnut Grove homeless encampment in North Portland.

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Oregon's Rental Crisis Strains Salem-Area Renters, Potential Homeowners

Statesman Journal | March 14, 2017 7 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

The Salem area, long seen as the more affordable, less-cool cousin of Portland, is not exempt from the state's housing crisis.

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Represented: Oregon's Housing Affordability Crisis

OPB | Feb. 27, 2017 9:30 a.m. | Portland

Across the state, Oregonians who rent are struggling to find and keep their homes. We hear from voices on all sides of the issue.

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Judge Denies Landlords' Request To Halt New Portland No-Fault Eviction Law

OPB | Feb. 15, 2017 10:25 a.m. | Portland

A federal judge refused Wednesday to block a new Portland law that requires landlords to help their tenants pay relocation costs when they’re evicted or face rent hikes of more than 10 percent.

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Meet The Wealthy Investors Buying Cheap Portland Apartment Buildings

OPB | Feb. 12, 2017 10:15 a.m. | Portland

Professional and institutional investors have flocked to the Portland real estate market. They’re taking advantage of low vacancy rates to make money – and, in the process, driving up rents.

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Community Health Workers To Help Mentally Ill In Oregon, Washington Find Housing

OPB | Jan. 16, 2017 2:41 p.m. | Portland

Kaiser Permanente is providing money to create positions for 15 new community health workers at seven different nonprofits.

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Bend Residents Face Rapidly Rising Rent

AP | Dec. 19, 2016 8:14 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

The Bend Bulletin reports that data released by the bureau in December shows that 55 percent of renters in Deschutes County spent more than 30 percent of their income on housing. In the middle of the Great Recession in 2010, that figure was below 49 percent.

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In Push For More Affordable Housing, City Of Salem To Buy Yaquina Hall

Statesman Journal | Dec. 7, 2016 9:02 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

The city is buying Yaquina Hall on the Oregon State Hospital north campus from the state for more than $520,000, aiming to turn the historic building into dozens of housing units with less expensive rent — about $600.

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Portland’s Residential Infill Project May Have Caveats

OPB | Oct. 30, 2016 10:45 a.m. | Portland

The city of Portland is considering whether to change zoning rules to create more affordable housing and accommodate future growth. A new economic study has found those changes might not work.

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Developer Homer Williams And His Homeless Shelter Epiphany

OPB | Aug. 14, 2016 8:47 a.m. | Portland

Portland developer Homer Williams said his plan to build a 400-bed shelter will help solve the city's homeless problem. But what's in it for him?

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Prineville Moves Forward With Plans To Convert Old School Into Affordable Housing

OPB | July 24, 2016 12:27 p.m.

The former classrooms of Ochoco Elementary School would become 29 apartments with one, two or three bedrooms that would rent for less than $600 per month.

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New Waterfront Development In Vancouver Breaks Ground

OPB | July 17, 2016 10:30 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Long-delayed mixed use project to begin; aiming for October move-ins.

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As Portland's Migrant Population Leaves, Summer School Program Shrinks

OPB | July 13, 2016 7:15 a.m. | Portland

Portland Public Schools administrators say the program for migrants is shrinking amid changing demographics, rising housing costs — and the improved circumstances of some families.

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How Portland's Oak Leaf Mobile Home Park Organized To Save Itself

OPB | June 14, 2016 7:45 p.m.

Sixty of Portland's most vulnerable residents faced eviction. So they've come up with a plan to buy their mobile home park themselves.

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Voters Likely To Decide On Vancouver Housing Fund

OPB | June 14, 2016 12:15 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Members of the Vancouver City Council indicted at their meeting Monday night that they're ready to put the affordable housing fund on the November ballot.

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San Francisco Leases Old Hotel To House The Homeless

Marketplace | May 8, 2016 1:45 p.m. | San Francisco

The city has partnered with Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco to lease an old SRO hotel and transform it into supportive housing for the homeless. Acquiring hotels like the Henry is part of the city’s new plan to help people living on the street.

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Lents Active Watch: Neighbors Try To Understand Homelessness

OPB | March 7, 2016 midnight

Think Out Loud host Dave Miller tours a former wildlife refuge in Lents with neighborhood activists.