Fix HB 2007


If you find the current demolition epidemic and lack of affordable housing upsetting, here’s what you can do today before HB 2007 goes to the senate for a vote… Press our legislators for an amendment to the bill that prohibits the demolition of sound and habitable housing.

Write, call, and attend meetings on the subject – there’s a list below of meetings and contacts:

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HB 2007 should be amended to apply only to providing, protecting, and preserving HUD standards of affordable housing, not creating broad opportunity for speculative development that led to this crisis of affordability in the first place. It should protect and preserve existing affordability and avoid displacement. This can be accomplished by meeting two broad goals:

1) Limit the bill strictly to providing affordable housing that benefits those most in need – remove provisions which are not directly tied to regulated or defined standards of affordability.

2) Prohibit the demolition of existing habitable housing units by enforcing a minimum standard of Soundness and providing exceptions only when the project meets strict review criteria.


Contact house members that sponsored the bill:


House Speaker Tina Kotek, Portland       Rep.TinaKotek@state.or.us

Rep Duane Stark, Grants Pass,        rep.duanestark@oregonlegislature.gov

Julie Fahey, Eugene,        Rep.JulieFahey@oregonlegislature.gov

Rep Alissa Keny-Guyer        Rep.AlissaKenyGuyer@state.or.us

Rep Andy Olson, Albany        Rep.AndyOlson@state.or.us

Rep Tawna Sanchez, Portland        Rep.TawnaSanchez@oregonlegislature.gov


Contact Portland Office of Government Relations:

Elizabeth Edwards, Interim Director        govrel@portlandoregon.gov

Dan Eisenbeis, Interim State Government Relations Manager        govrel@portlandoregon.gov