We worked really hard on the research in the hopes that it will open some eyes and that maybe someone with the kind of power and influence we lack will put an eyeball on it and step up with some sweeping changes that actually benefit those of us still sitting […]

Profiles in Profiteering – Renaissance Homes


Here’s a summary of House Bill 2004.  It passed the House and but there was significant lobbying on behalf of corporate property owners and there are rumblings that it might fail in the Senate where it is currently in the Committee on Human Services.  This bill is monumentally critical right […]

House Bill 2004 – An Urgent Call to Action


Creating affordable housing calls for the stick, not the carrot. Asking nicely if developers would pretty please satisfy the overwhelming demand for housing priced within HUD standards of affordability is like giving the fox unfettered access to the hen-house during an egg shortage and politely asking it to curb its […]

This Calls for the Stick Not the Carrot



I despise name-calling.  It’s the lowest form of communication, a cop-out, a diversion.  Instead of having a spirited debate that requires the patience for both talking AND listening, it’s quicker and easier to slap a label on a stranger that pre-emptively makes them wrong.  It’s not much of an accomplishment […]

A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand


I fundamentally believe that we can have the kind of density and variety that delivers affordable housing without the kind of unfettered demolitions that undermine the results we’re trying to achieve.  Jim Lockhart’s program “A Growing Concern”  featured discussion recently about HB 2007, a new Oregon affordable housing bill that […]

Demolishing Affordability, a Growing Concern


Several disconcerting amendments made to House Bill 2007 by the Home Builders Association and 1000 Friends of Oregon are NOT a friendly –  they have turned a laudable and worthwhile effort by Speaker Kotek into a Trojan horse.  The HBA’s amendments seek to undermine affordability rather than to preserve and […]

House Bill 2007- Gift or HBA Trojan Horse?