Mayor Ted Wheeler says he asked TriMet to include $100 million for affordable housing in the $1.7 billion regional transportation funding measure it is preparing for the November 2018 ballot.

Wheeler made the announcement Saturday while speaking at a community forum on affordable housing in the Southwest Corridor where Metro has proposed the region’s next MAX line. The potential measure tentatively includes $750 million as the region’s share of the $2.4 billion line and $950 million for local congestion relief and safety projects.

“I want to make sure we have money for affordable housing. I have asked that $100 million be set aside for affordable housing,” Wheeler told the Oct. 14 forum at Markham Elementary School in Southwest Portland.

Interviewed by the Portland Tribune after the announcement, Wheeler said the city has had “many conversations” with TriMet about the request, “but we are not there yet.”

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