ROSE enthusiastically supports Welcome Home, a new coalition working together to create new resources for affordable housing in Portland. Providing good homes has always been central to ROSE’s mission. I was reminded why at a recent meeting of the Earl Boyles Early Learning Center. Led by the Children’s Institute, a group of parents, educators and community organizations just opened a new wing dedicated to preparing children to succeed in school. As part of that effort school parents were surveyed about the greatest challenges they face. I was not surprised that affordable housing was number one on the list.
Parents spoke about high and rapidly increasing rents and the difficulty finding rental housing suitable for families. One parent said, “We need more affordable rentals.” Others commented that “more affordable housing is needed, with more rooms so that not so many people have to live under one roof.” Earl Boyles faculty members have seen higher income families moving into the neighborhood to take advantage of the new full-day preschool program, displacing low-income families.
I have been at ROSE for 22 years and I’ve never seen greater demand for affordable housing. Until the last year or so, we have been able to place people into apartments within a few months. Now our waiting lists are closed. Affordable housing resources are tight. The Portland Housing Bureau expects to devote half as much money to affordable housing over the next five years as they did the previous five. 2014 was the first time in seven years that ROSE was unable to open a new housing development.
You can help families like the ones at Earl Boyles. Check out www.welcomehomecoalition.org and join our campaign to build more affordable housing throughout the metro region.
– Nick Sauvie, Executive Director
A good stable home…a strong family…vibrant communities…and a healthy start for every child.
What are these worth to you personally? I imagine you would say, “A lot.”
A Child’s First Steps begin at Home … You can help make those first steps healthy … Your impact will benefit Mothers, babies, and entire communities. Your Tax-deductible Year-end gift to ROSE will have this kind of impact.
ROSE is going all-in with new initiatives, projects, and partnerships that focus on the health of new Mothers and the first 1000 days (conception to age two) of a child’s life.
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This week the East Portland Action Plan adopted a Property Tax Inequity Analysis. EPAP’s Housing Subcommittee began researching property taxes last year. We discovered that property tax limitation measures passed in the 1990s have resulted in East Portland paying more than its fair share of taxes. Did you know that in 2012-2013 East Portland paid $23.5 million more in property taxes than the entire Central City stretching from the South Waterfront through Downtown to Lloyd Center?
OK, so East Portland pays more. How do we know that we get less? In 2011 the City of Portland began Budget Mapping, tracking where city investments are made geographically. East Portland has about 25% of the city’s population, yet from 2011-2013 we got only 12.2% of its transportation investments and 17.2% of its parks investments. Over a two year period from 2012-2013, East Portland got only 16.8% of the city’s housing investments.
The East Portland Action Plan believes that the fairest property tax fix would be “reset on sale” legislation. Under current law, property taxes are based on what a property was worth in 1995 and its assessed value can only increase three-percent per year. With “reset on sale” assessed value would be set at the purchase price at the time a property is sold. Over time this would restore fairness – taxes would be based on what it’s worth today, not what it was worth during the OJ Simpson trial.
– Nick Sauvie