Habitat for Humanity Portland Region advocates at the local, state, and federal levels to protect and expand policies and resources for affordable homeownership and thriving communities.
With an on-going housing crisis, and more recent public health and economic emergencies facing our region, we know safe and affordable homes are critical to keeping our community healthy. We strongly urge you to take action alongside us to ensure that more people living on low-incomes have access to the stability of homeownership.
While we applaud the bold efforts being taken by policymakers to combat new and existing housing crises, we continue to advocate for public resources and policies to reflect the growing need facing our communities. Right now, 1 in 6 households in Oregon spend more than half of their income to put a roof over their heads—a cost burden that falls disproportionately on communities of color. That’s why we’re advocating for policies that help close the region’s stark racial gap in homeownership.
Compared to the region’s White homeownership rate of 64%, Black homeownership rates stand at just 33%. That is a 31% difference. For the Latinx community, the gap stands at 25%. In order to create equality between White residents and residents of color, 30,427 more people of color would need to become homeowners. With a challenge this wide-reaching, we’ll need to utilize every tool available to CLOSE THE GAP.
With a service area that includes three counties, five members of U.S. Congress, 20 cities, 40 State legislative districts, Metro regional government, and over a million constituents, we work across the region to deliver smart policy options for all who live here. As a non-partisan organization, we are committed to dedicating our efforts toward delivering the very best public policy outcomes for the families and individuals that depend on our services.
It is essential that we continue to engage with leaders at all levels of government to ensure their decisions support people most impacted by historical racism, public health emergencies, economic declines, housing crises, and more. Your support will help protect access to affordable homeownership for people of color and those living on low incomes throughout our region.
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- Advocacy Update: The Future (Need) of Housing in Portland Written by Preston Korst, Director of Government Relations. As the number of new homes on the market decreases and the cost […]
- Advocacy Update: Big Wins for Affordable Housing this Legislative SessionWritten by Preston Korst, Advocacy & Government Relations Manager Habitat for Humanity Portland Region has had a busy couple months as federal stimulus dollars […]
- Race and Housing IV: The Great Recession and the Racial Homeownership GapCaught between high crime and low vacancy rates, many in North Portland’s Black community saw regional progress while suffering individual setbacks during waves of economic fluctuation.
- Race and Housing Part III: Under the Guise of RenewalPortland’s Urban Renewal strategies decimated a generation of Black-owned wealth, leading to decades of despair and today’s disparities in racial homeownership rates.
- Race and Housing Part II: Exodus, Disaster, and ExploitationNo two events have had a greater impact on Portland’s housing market than WWII and the flooding at Vanport. The systemic political, cultural, geographical, and racial implications that resulted from the 1940s changed Portland in ways unseen before or since.
- The Early History of Portland’s Racist Housing Strategies: Part OnePortland is known nationally and across the globe as one of the most progressive enclaves in the world. What’s less known is the severe history of racism that, to this day, permeates all systems and institutions, including our neighborhoods, schools, laws, and housing policies.