Oregon Housing Action ALERT: Oppose HB 2636

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Fri, 12 Feb 1999 16:29:01 -0800 (PST)

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Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 19:21:11 -0800
From: Chuck Currie <ghfs@teleport.com>
Subject: [oregonlist] Action Alert
To: oregonlist@makelist.com


A bill has been introduced in the Oregon Legislature that would cripple the
efforts of local communities to preserve affordable housing and would
overturn Portland's Affordable Housing Preservation Ordinance.

On September 30, 1998 the Portland City Council passed the ordinance with
unanimous support.  This groundbreaking ordinance provides the City with a
powerful tool to preserve 4,742 subsidized, low-income homes and ensure that
future subsidized housing will remain affordable for the long term.

What does the ordinance do: When a low-income building owner decides to opt
of a Section 8 project based contract (a source of federal funding) the city
has the first option to purchase the property at fair market value.

If the owner decides not to accept the offer they are required to give
$30,000 per unit to a city fund to build new housing.  Without this tool
landlords who have taken federal money for their properties with the promise
it will remain affordable can convert it into expensive housing.

HB 2636 will take away local control, barring local jurisdictions from
developing innovative responses to the affordable housing crisis.

HB 2636 prohibits local jurisdictions from protecting low-income tenants and
their communities.  Preserving this investment by maintaining the housing as
affordable while offering owners the fair market value is simply Smart

HB 2636 jeopardizes our most vulnerable citizens - the very poor, the
elderly, the disabled - people with no other housing option.

Write or call your state Representative NOW!  Tell them you oppose HB 2636.
All Oregon legislators can be contacted at 1-800-332-2313.

Send copies of your letters or call both Governor John Kitzhaber and Rep.
Carl Wilson, chair of the General Government Committee that is hearing this

Governor John Kitzhaber   Rep. Carl Wilson
State Capitol     H-496 State Capitol
Salem, OR 97310    Salem, OR 97310
503-378-3111 503-986-1449

For more information contact Chuck Currie, Director of Community Outreach at
First United Methodist Church, at 503-228-3195 ext 215 or the Community
Alliance of Tenants at 503-460-9702.

Chuck Currie
Office of Community Outreach and Goose Hollow Family Shelter
First United Methodist Church
1838 SW Jefferson Street
Portland, OR 97201
503-228-0317 ext 215


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