There's a housing crisis in Oregon.
The private market is not meeting our state’s housing needs. Over half of Oregonians are housing burdened, meaning they're one unexpected rent increase, car repair or medical emergency away from a financial crisis.
From the preschool teacher to the chronically homeless veteran, housing authorities help Oregonians in all communities find a safe place to call home.
Ensuring all Oregonians
have a place
to call home is the foundation
foR strong communities.
Housing AuthoritieS of Oregon are the largest providers of affordable housing in Oregon.
Housing Authorities of Oregon advocates for policies and resources that create safe, stable housing options for all Oregonians.
WE KnoW That:
Our kids do better in school when they have a stable place to call home.
A home that is safe and affordable improves a family's health.
Our businesses thrive when employees can afford a home near where they work.
income vs Housing
RENTERS IN PARTICULAR ARE FEELING THE CRUNCH.
Statewide, one in four Oregonians pays more than half of their income towards their housing costs. In the four county region of Clackamas, Clark, Multnomah and Washington counties, all housing prices in the region have been rising for years, but rents have risen more. Since 2006, rents are up 63 percent. But that’s only part of the story. There's also the question of what people make. Renters incomes have risen just 39 percent in the last 10 years.
22 housing authorities:
Have built affordable housing for more than 12,000 families, seniors and Oregonians with disabilities using innovative public/private financing.
Administer the Housing Choice Voucher program that delivers $175 million in rental payments to private landlords in local communities every year.
Help hundreds of veterans who served our country.
The Legislature can strengthen Oregon communities by:
Investing to preserve existing affordable housing and develop new units.
Providing funds to help homeless veterans find and afford a safe place to live and connect to the benefits they've earned.
Ensuring public policies support access to quality, affordable housing options for Oregonians throughout the state.
Remind your legislator:
Hardworking people should be able to afford housing and still have enough money for groceries and other basic necessities.
Children deserve an opportunity to succeed in school and life, which is tied to having a stable home.
Last year, more than 21,000 Oregon school age children experienced homelessness during some point in the school year.
In rural and urban counties across the state, far too many Oregonians are having to choose between paying rent and putting food on the table.