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Coalition Updates | March 15th, 2017
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It's time to storm the capital...

...for housing justice! Join in this inspiring, power-building and game-changing day. Stand alongside community members and fellow advocates at the State Capitol as we speak truth to power — it's time for housing solutions in Oregon!
Housing Opportunity Day
Wednesday, March 22nd
7:30 am - 5:30 pm

Here's what's included in the day:
  • Catch a ride on the mobilizers' bus (6:55 am at Community Alliance of Tenants or 7:10 am at First United Methodist Church)
  • Lunch is provided, but let us know if further financial assistance will help you participate
  • RSVP for a bus ride or financial support to Tram@WelcomeHomeCoalition.org
Join us at the Oregon Housing Alliance day of housing action! We'll train you up on messaging, policies and put you in a team to talk to your legislators. Be sure to RSVP so we know you're coming!

Our Welcome Home family gathered before Matthew Desmond's lecture to build community and keep on fighting for affordable homes. Here are just a few of their stories that remind us why we must keep up the fight.

  • Rai loves his affordable home near the Park Blocks because it puts him near all of the volunteer work he loves to do in his community.
  • Jason is grateful for his job as a vendor with Street Roots, but still searching for a home to call his own. 
  • Donna is fighting every day for more homeownership opportunities like the one that has changed her life. (She's so passionate about it, she snuck back stage to tell the author about #MIDRemedy!)

Their stories tell us what we already knew — our community cares about affordable homes, our neighborhoods are counting on our action, and we can solve this crisis together! 

Support Welcome Home — The Work Continues!
"Decent, affordable housing should be a basic right for everybody in this county. The reason is simple: without stable shelter, everything else falls apart." 
— Matthew Desmond, "Evicted"

At a breakfast gathering with community leaders and elected officials in the Portland Metro region, Matthew Desmond noted that our "policymakers are not playing around" when it comes to major housing reform. His stories of Milwaukee families whose lives have been crippled by housing instability, and in-depth research on the systematic and generational impacts of evictions demand we dig even deeper in the fight for home.

We're grateful to have State Legislators supporting game-changing bills like HB 2004 (tenant protections) and HB 2006 (MID reform), but we need to keep up the pressure to make sure they do the right thing. Don't stop calling your legislators about the policies that could change the face of housing in Oregon for the better!

Find your legislators here, and if you haven't had the chance to hear Dr. Desmond's powerful words...listen up!
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Portland, OR 97232
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