Since 2004, we have been dedicated to using land use planning, education, and law to ensure that Oregonians of all income levels can obtain adequate and affordable housing.
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THE YES FOR AFFORDABLE HOMES BOND MEASURE PASSES IN PORTLAND!
Thank you to all the advocates, volunteers, and community members who helped pass the Yes For Affordable Homes Bond Measure in Portland. Through your work, thousands of Portlanders will be able to access safe, healthy and affordable housing in our community. We know that everyone deserves a safe and stable start to each and every day. Together, on November 4, 2016, we stood up and loudly announced that Portland will be a place that everyone can afford to call home.
Thank you to everyone who attended the 2016 Housing Land Advocates Conference. For the first time, the conference sold out, and we had the privilege of hosting a diverse group of presenters and attendees. We hope to see you next year!
CAMERON HERRINGTON AWARDED SECOND ANNUAL ED SULLIVAN HOUSING ADVOCATE AWARD
At HLA’s Nov. 4, 2016 conference, the board presented Cameron Herrington, Antidisplacement Coordinator for Living Cully, with the second annual Ed Sullivan Housing Advocate Award. The award is named for Edward Sullivan, lifelong housing advocate, co-founder of HLA and former legal counsel to the Governor of Oregon. Cameron Herrington exemplifies Mr. Sullivan’s deep commitment to thoughtful land use planning and access to adequate and affordable housing. Through his work with Living Cully, he helped lead Anti-Displacement PDX, a coalition of more than 40 community organizations that successfully advocated for the inclusion of two dozen measures that address gentrification and displacement in Portland’s Comprehensive Plan update. In addition, he leads the Cully Housing Action Team, a grassroots committee that gathers regularly to learn about and advocate for policies that address the housing needs of residents in the Cully neighborhood. Cameron has also played a pivotal role in organizing residents of the Oak Leaf Mobile Home Park, who successfully advocated for City of Portland funding that allowed them to cooperatively purchase the park and prevented it from redevelopment and the associated displacement of some of Portland’s lowest income residents. We applaud all of Cameron’s efforts and congratulate him on the award.
OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE: HOW OREGON REV. STAT. 197.309 VIOLATES THE FAIR HOUSING ACT
HLA Board Member Jenny Logan’s article “Otherwise Unavailable”: How OR. REV. STAT. 197.309 Violates the Fair Housing Act is available via the American Bar Association’s Journal of Housing and Community Development Law. The article argues that ORS 197.309, Oregon’s statutory ban on mandatory inclusionary zoning (“IZ”), has a detrimental disparate impact on people of color in Oregon—in violation of the Federal Fair Housing Act.
Housing Land Advocates is part of a coalition of non-profits and community activists working to overturn Oregon’s statewide ban on inclusionary zoning.
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