Life in Portland

Keep Portland Affordable: Inclusionary Housing Workshop

How can we keep Portland affordable?

Join SE Uplift, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon and Welcome Home Coalition to learn about House Bill 2564 and what you can do advocate for local housing development policies aimed at keeping Portland affordable for people of all income levels.  Workshop participants will learn the basics of Inclusionary Housing, hear case studies from other cities that have adopted similar policies and discover ways to advocate for housing affordability in their own neighborhoods.

Inclusionary housing is a basic land use tool that has been around for over forty years and is used by over 500 jurisdictions across the country to combat displacement and create opportunities for affordable homeownership. It works by securing a certain percentage units in new development to be sold or rented at below-market prices, while providing developers incentives designed to offset the costs. By integrating affordable units into new development, inclusionary housing allows for people of all incomes to have access to the same amenities, services and opportunities, such as good jobs, good schools, transportation and healthy living environments.

Portland is struggling to keep up with the demand for workforce housing, and many working families are struggling as a result. SE Uplift hopes to spark a conversation about how to create a city everyone can afford to call home.

Let’s create a Portland everyone can afford to call home!

Moderator:
Vivian Satterfield, Associate Director, OPAL

Topics/Speakers:
Renter stories – speakers to be confirmed
Inclusionary Housing Basics – speaker to be confirmed
Case Studies from around the nation – Cameron Herrington, Housing Advocate, North Northeast Neighbors for Housing Affordability
Actions to take – Jes Larson, Director, Welcome Home Coalition