A call to invest in housing 12,000 low-income families and individuals
In communities throughout our region wages haven’t kept up with the cost of housing. Working parents and seniors should be able to afford housing, and still have enough money for groceries and necessities- but our community’s skyrocketing rents are making it impossible for too many.
The Welcome Home Coalition's hope years ago was to gain momentum for a regional housing solution. Today, Metro Council voted to refer a $652.8 million regional general obligation bond to the November ballot. The bond has the potential to provide affordable housing for about 12,000 people by creating 3,900 homes if a statewide constitutional amendment is also approved.
The Welcome Home Coalition has been a big part of getting to this referral. We worked hard to advise Metro on the housing bond framework that will create long-term stability for communities struggling to afford rent.
This past Tuesday, we had the opportunity to walk through a 51-unit building at 105th and Burnside, which is the latest Portland bond-funded project. Starting in July, about 167 people will call this place home and have access to new kitchens, washers and dryers in each unit and supportive services on site. It was an incredible and emotional day to consider how the people experiencing homeless we see at day spaces every day could soon have a safe place to call home. With this bond, we will hear more and more stories like this.
Here's how you can help:
Donate to the Welcome Home Coalition to support our work with this and future efforts! https://secure.qgiv.com/for/whcfsoon. For every donation over $50 we will send you a House the People t-shirt.
Click here to endorse the regional housing measure and help to move the first ever regional housing bond!
We are excited to partner with you all on the campaign after the referral to make this a yes vote on November 6th.
Upward and onward, Kari and Monique
The Welcome Home Coalition is hard at work continuing a movement today to create a tomorrow when all Portland metro residents have access to housing opportunity. Together we can build a prosperous community with smart schools, healthy people and a strong economy where everyone has a home. Together we can Welcome Everyone Home!