Housing remains priority during Oregon’s legislative session

Oregon

FILE: The Oregon State Capitol in Salem, March 3, 2020. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As problems continuously emerged in Oregon during 2020, another remained and was further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and wildfires – housing.

Options being considered by state lawmakers include building more shelters, extending the grace period by which tenants must pay back their rent, increasing homeownership access to low-income individuals and an effort to reduce housing disparities for communities of color.

The 17 bills before the Legislature include $535 million in new state investments for increasing affordable housing, addressing homelessness, and supporting homeownership.

Lawmakers say they are also “expecting significant federal support” from the federal government.

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