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Can Portland Learn From San Francisco's Affordable Housing Crisis?

The Portland Housing Bureau has just concluded a series of public forums to gather feedback about what to do with the $20 million the mayor wants directed towards affordable housing. The bureau is hoping to bring a preliminary report to the Portland City Council later this year.

Portland is not the first city on the West Coast to deal with the lack of affordable housing and the consequences it creates for neighborhoods and businesses. James Tracy, a San Fransisco housing activist, is in Portland this week to discuss the similarities he sees between the two cities and how they are dealing with the lack of affordable housing. Tracy is the founder of a non-profit called San Francisco Community Land Trust and is also the author of the new book “Dispatches Against Displacement: Field Notes from San Francisco’s Housing Wars.”

What questions or experiences do you have about affordable housing in either San Francisco or Portland?



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