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Oregon Lawmakers To Decide The Future Of No-Cause Evictions

OPB | March 23, 2017 5:18 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Landlords in Oregon have almost unlimited power to kick out tenants. Now, as state lawmakers grapple with a statewide housing crisis, they consider eliminating no-cause evictions.

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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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Homeless Campers Start Building At Park Near Troutdale

Portland Tribune | March 18, 2017 8:01 p.m.

About 15 people live in the Sandy River Delta Park, though some transients build multiple camps and others leave shelters behind after moving on for good.

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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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Oregon Lawmakers Hear Arguments For And Against No-Cause Evictions

OPB | March 2, 2017 12:43 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

With Oregon’s biggest cities in a housing crunch, lawmakers are considering a measure that would require landlords to give specific reasons for evicting a tenant.

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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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'OPB Politics Now': Housing And Homelessness

OPB | Feb. 16, 2017 12:33 p.m. | Portland

A new Portland city ordinance requires landlords to assist tenants with relocation costs in the case of a no-cause eviction while the Oregon Legislature grapples with housing issues.

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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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Portland Landlords | Profiling Bills | Malheur Refuge Trial Jurors

OPB | Feb. 13, 2017 noon

How do Portland's landlords feel about the new renter assistance ordinance? What bills is the legislature looking at to curb racial profiling? And why did the first trial of the Malheur Refuge occupiers end in a not-guilty verdict?

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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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Portland Decide Que Propietarios Paguen Por Desalojos Sin Causa, Inmediatamente

OPB | Feb. 3, 2017 6:32 p.m. | Portland

El Ayuntamiento de Portland votó unánimemente para aprobar un proyecto de ley que obliga a propietarios a pagar a sus inquilinos una “tarifa de reubicación” cuando los desalojan sin causa o aumentan los alquileres más del 10 por ciento.  

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EPA Restrictions | African American History Museum | Mayor Wheeler

OPB | Jan. 26, 2017 noon

What would a lack of EPA funding mean for Oregon? Also, we talk to a curator at the new Museum of African-American History and Culture in DC. And to the Mayor of Portland about what it means to be a sanctuary city.

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Portland Commissioner Proposes Landlords Pay To Move Evicted Tenants

OPB | Jan. 24, 2017 4:16 p.m. | Portland

Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and Mayor Ted Wheeler have proposed an ordinance that would require landlords to pay to relocate tenants when they face a no-cause eviction.

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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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Home Sales Hit Record In Marion And Polk Counties

OPB | Dec. 17, 2016 1:18 p.m. | Portland

Home sales in the central Willamette Valley saw a remarkable jump in November.

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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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Audit: Oregon Agency Putting Affordable Housing At Risk

OPB | Dec. 6, 2016 12:03 p.m. | Portland

An audit released Tuesday finds communication problems and a lack of data at the state’s housing agency are putting affordable rentals at risk.

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Vancouver Passing Affordable Housing Levy

OPB | Nov. 8, 2016 8:30 p.m. | Portland

Voters in Vancouver, Washington, were passing a property tax levy that would fund affordable housing in the city.

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Portland Voters Pass Affordable Housing Measure

OPB | Nov. 8, 2016 8:15 p.m. | Portland

Portland voters have passed a $258 million housing bond that will raise property taxes to fund 1,300 units of affordable housing.