Portland doesn’t have enough affordable housing – Housing is yet another issue where our citizens have had broken promise after broken promise. We vote for affordable housing, yet the units don’t appear fast enough. Not enough units have been built for over two decades and the math of supply and demand has triggered escalating cost and now we must embrace demand with affordability and access.
I don’t want Portland to be another San Francisco, with the very rich and the very poor and nothing in-between. We must have room in our city for the working families that make our city special – teachers, nurses, janitors, security guards, grocery workers- EVERYONE!
Displacement shouldn’t be our Portland story. Addressing homelessness and housing that poor and working people can afford are two parts of the same thing and that’s what bridge builders do. I see the whole picture, protect the basics (housing for everyone who needs it), and create solutions that work together.
EQUITY: Housing is an equity issue for all communities. Stable, plentiful, housing at a range of prices that makes it possible for everyone in Portland to have a home is essential. Gentrification ills gutted my North and Northeast neighborhoods roots. Now is the time to prevent such uprooting and deprivation to the families in the numbers of East Portland.
BUILD: the units we’ve already paid for in the two housing bonds. Time for action and common sense, it just requires doing it. Its essential we lower the average cost so we can build more units. Building units that cost $400k isn’t going to get us out of this crisis. Make sure existing housing money is being used and units are getting built. As a council member, I will drive the process, get out of the office and make sure that projects are getting done. Currently we are in a distant last place to turn around construction in our region, time to streamline the siloed bureaus and be a city that works for all Portlanders.
PROTECTIONS: provide protections and financial support to help the elders who deserve to age in place after giving so much to our community, and parents with children who need stability for their children to have a successful education experience.
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: We must bring together trades, government, schools and non-profits to create pipelines into the trades, manufacturing and construction industry to mitigate the grey tsunami and continue to invest in living wage jobs for the next generation of workforce. I did this at All Hands Raised and I will do this in City Hall.
I am interested in learning from you. Please reach out and send me your ideas on how we can improve and bring our city together.