The 2 years long COVID Pandemic has made clear that Oregon renters and homeowners who followed temporary stay-at-home- mandates, resulting in mass job losses, financial ruin, business closures, and a stalled Oregon economy that may last for years, we need a broader and more comprehensive definition of the state of emergency, including its triggers and, long-term protective housing safeguards.
Temporary fixes that increase the risks of lmass displacement, eviction and homelessness, drastically reducing the gains in public safety is No Longer an Option.
Major changes in policies and our shift in values are needed immediately.
Expanding the definition of State of Emergency Declaration
Oregon's Housing State of Emergency Bill
We will be putting forth an amendment to the Oregon State of Emergency Declaration adding housing to the weather and financial disaster threats to public safety, and identifying 5 major qualifying triggers.
( to include any city or statewide threat leading to f displacement, eviction, and homelessness)
The 30% of income paid for rent rule does not work for lower-income residents struggling to keep up with continually rising prices in an already overpriced real estate market that is using daily computerized pricing tools that have over time priced huge populations of renters out of housing altogether.
Our Housing Pricing System is Creating Our Homelessness Problem
We believe the real purpose of housing is to serve as shelter, protection and, enriching the lives of our citizens Vs housing as a commodity.
Continuing this insane and dangerous profiteering practice by wagering public safety and people's lives for economic gains for a few investors is unacceptable and will no longer be tolerated.
The Rent / Income Bill
Goal: Shift to a Community Based Housing System
Start an open dialogue thru public forums to discuss this important 21st-century shift in values related to the purpose of housing in general.
Issuance of Housing Card - housing file (similar to social security # and database)
Housing Account is paid according to income ( monthly or quarterly)
Arrears Proof System due to job loss, illness- payment is suspended, until you return to full employment)
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