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Council to consider more affordable housing measures


PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - The City Council wants to create more affordable housing, like this apartment building under construction in the Pearl District.The City Council on Wednesday will consider two measures related to the housing emergency it recently declared.

One measure would increase the amount of urban renewal dollar set aside for affordable housing from 30 to a minimum of 45 percent. The other would authorize the Portland Housing Bureau to study whether increased market rate housing supports new jobs that call for more affordable housing, and whether a so-called linkage fee should be created to support it.

Both measures were introduced after the council declared that increasing rents and no-cause evictions are creating a hardship on even Portlanders earning moderate incomes.

"The City of Portland is experiencing a housing affordability critis, renters are facing some of the highest month over month rent increases in the nation, and homeownership opportunities are limited for many moderate income families," reads the urban renewal-related ordinance submitted my Mayor Charlie Hales and commissioners Nick Fish and Dan Saltzman. They comprise a majority of the council.

An early Portland Tribune story on the issue can be read at pamplinmedia.com/pt/9-news/278231-154435-mayor-brokers-deal-to-boost-urban-renewal-money-for-housing.

You can read the proposed ordinance here.

The resolution calling for the linkage fee study was submitted by Saltzman, who is in charge of the housing bureau. It directs the bureau to return to the council with an analysis and recommendation by April 27, 2106.

You can read the proposed resolution here.