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Apr 13, 2016

Portland residents, social service providers and housing advocates to hold emergency public meeting on housing crisis

Portland residents, social service providers and advocates for the homeless and tenants will hold a public meeting on Thursday evening at 6:00pm at the Parkside Neighborhood Center.

Portland residents, social service providers and advocates for the homeless and tenants will hold a public meeting on Thursday evening at 6:00pm at the Parkside Neighborhood Center at 85 Grant Street. Organizers expect 50 to 100 people to attend the meeting and have invited all City Councilors and City Staff to attend. At the meeting, which will be chaired by Chris Gorman of the Parkside Neighborhood Center and Dee Clarke of Homeless Voices for Justice, residents affected by the dramatic increase in both housing costs and no-cause evictions will be invited to share their stories and propose solutions. The organizing group, which calls itself the “Portland Coalition for Housing Justice” is calling on the City Council to enact several emergency measures in order to halt the eviction and gentrification crisis. These policies include:

 

  • An immediate moratorium on no-cause evictions
  • An immediate freeze or significant limitation on rent increases
  • Prohibitionon discrimination against holders of housing vouchers
  • Amend the housing replacement ordinance to ensure affordably priced housing is not lost to luxury housing
  • Raise the General Assistance rent cap to reflect the cost of market housing
  • Fully fund the Tenant Based Rental Assistance program to prevent low income people from being evicted for temporary lack of payment
 
Coalition members include the Portland Tenants Union, Homeless Voices for Justice, Preble Street, The Opportunity Alliance, Catholic Charities, Pine Tree Legal Assistance and Shalom House.
 
The meeting will take place at the Parkside Neighborhood Center at 85 Grant Street on Thursday, April 14 at 6:00pm. All are welcome to attend and share their stories.
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