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.
Registration is open for the 2016 Housing Land Advocates Conference
Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
HLA’s 2016 Conference focuses on the role of housing in local economies. This year’s speakers represent diverse perspectives, including economic forecasters, economic development professionals, city and county leaders, business and industry representatives, and urban planning researchers. We’ll delve into the challenges and opportunities related to workforce housing, the impact of short-term rentals in both rural and metro areas, and the connection between housing availability and affordability and regional growth. HLA’s 2016 Conference will bring together national, regional and local experts to explore thee concepts and consider ways to meet housing needs while growing local economies.
HOUSING LAND ADVOCATES ENDORSES THE YES FOR AFFORDABLE HOMES BOND MEASURE
Housing Land Advocates (HLA) is pleased to announce our support for the historic Yes for Affordable Homes campaign to create homes for Portlanders who are in the greatest need in this housing crisis. This $258.4 million affordable housing bond will create permanently affordable housing for tens of thousands of people over the life of the homes, and marks the first time that Portlanders will be able to vote in support of affordable housing. We write today to ask you—one of our key supporters—to join this critical and momentous campaign.
At HLA, we work to ensure that all Oregonians have access to safe and affordable housing through good land use planning. But our work has been increasingly challenged by the housing crisis that rages in our region. With Portland one-bedroom apartments renting at an average of $1,400, so many hardworking families can’t keep up and can’t find homes they can afford. Too many Portlanders are suffering in our communities, in shelters, in parking lots, and under our bridges because Portland very simply lacks enough affordable homes for those who need them most.
That’s why the success of this first ever ballot measure for affordable homes is important to the well-being of the city we love and it’s why HLA supports it. When you vote Yes for Affordable Homes onNovember 8, you’ll be and building a better Portland for all.
Please join us and lend your support to Yes For Affordable Homes. Sign up to learn more and get involved at yesforaffordablehomes.com
After all, home is where it all begins. It’s where we set out each day fresh and rested. It’s where we started out on our educational, professional and personal paths. It’s where we begin and grow our families. Everyone needs a safe and stable start to each and every day. Together, we can make Portland a place everyone can afford to call home.
DR. LISA BATES AWARDED INAUGURAL ED SULLIVAN HOUSING ADVOCATE AWARD
At HLA’s Nov. 6, 2015 conference, the board presented Dr. Lisa Bates, Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University’s College of Urban and Public Affairs, with the inaugural Ed Sullivan Housing Advocate Award. The award—named for Edward Sullivan, co-founder of HLA, former legal counsel to the Governor of Oregon and a retired partner in the Portland Office of Garvey Schubert Barer—will be given out each year to an individual who exemplifies Mr. Sullivan’s deep commitment to thoughtful land use planning and access to adequate and affordable housing. See full press release here.
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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