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Portland, OR  97211
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SAVE THE DATE
Secure Homes for Oregon Families
Legislative Lobby Day
Thursday, March 2nd, 12:30-7:30

Join MACG members and others for a day that will include training, legislative visits and a hearing on HB 2004 that includes lifting the  ban on rent stabilization, which would allow local jurisdictions to set policy.  The Secure Homes for Oregon Families (SHOF) 2017 is sponsoring this event.

Contact Leaven Community MACG Leaders, John Rodgers: jenrodgvb@ gmail.com 503.473-6410  or  Brent Wilson: botanu@gmail.com 503.754-6726 for more information. 


Multnomah County Housing Team
Want to take action on housing in Multnomah County?  Join the Leaven Community MACG Leader Team and others from other MACG institutes. Contact John Rodgers (503. 473-6410) to become involved and/or attend the next meeting

MACG Housing Team, Multnomah County
Third Tuesdays, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM 
Leaven Community
5431 NE 20th Ave, Portland, OR 97211

Accountability Team
3rd Tuesdays, 5:30-7 pm
Leaven Community Center
Contact: John Rodgers: jenrodgvb@ gmail.com 503.473-6410

Tenant Protections Team
2nd Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm
MACG Office, 4940 NE 8th Ave (St Andrews Church)

Contact: LaVeta Gilmore Jones: lavetagj@gmail.com 503.936-2870

Clackamas County Housing Team
Affordable Housing issues are affecting MACG's broader base beyond Portland.  To address the issue locally, Clackamas leaders have formed a research action team to discover where MACG action could be effective. Join us at the next meeting, or contact Mary Nemmers (503) 208-4391 to become involved.

MACG Housing Team, Clackamas County
St. Stephen Lutheran Church
290 W Gloucester St., Gladstone, OR 9702
Contact: Mary Nemmers: mary@macg.org

MACG Affordable Housing Background

Lack of affordable housing was the #1 issue that surfaced during MACG’s 2015 Listening Campaign. It continues to be a critical issue in Portland, impacting income and racial diversity in our City and contributing to huge rent increases for too many Portlanders. The Housing Research Action Team was formed to research the issue and to determine opportunities for MACG leaders to act collectively to bring about meaningful change in this critical area for our members and for the community at large.
  • We were instrumental in getting Portland to increase the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) set aside for affordable housing by 50% ($67 Million).
  • We worked with other community groups in the last legislative session to allow local governments to require builders to set aside a portion of new housing developments as affordable (Portland has now enacted such an ordinance).
  • We worked in support of the affordable housing bond measure which Portland passed in the last electIon

Groups such as Portland Tenants United have been pushing for broader changes to the landlord-tenant laws, including rent stabilization (which Portland is prevented from enacting under a state-wide ban) and prohibiting no-cause evictions. MACG will be working in the new legislative session to change these laws. But until that happens, something must be done to protect tenants from the immediate impact and dislocation which results from unreasonable rent increases. Requiring landlords to pay a tenants’ cost of moving may deter exorbitant increases, and ease the burden on tenants somewhat until the legislature can more directly address these issues.

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