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Oregon lawmakers approve bill to expand affordable housing development

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SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) – The Oregon Legislature approved a bill Tuesday aimed at increasing Oregon’s supply of affordable housing.

Senate Bill 8, introduced by Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, makes it easier for affordable housing to be built in cities across Oregon by removing barriers faced by developers, cities and nonprofits.

The bill expands where affordable housing can be built by allowing such developments to be sited on land zoned for commercial uses or that is owned by public or religious entities. It also increases the impact of housing investments by allowing affordable housing to be developed at greater densities on land already zoned for residential uses.

“The housing crisis isn’t just about the affordability of housing,” Courtney said. “If the only apartment you can afford is two towns over and a 70-minute car ride to your work, I don’t think we’ve solved the problem. SB 8 is about building affordable housing where people want to live.”

The bill passed the Senate on a 25-5 vote and now heads to the governor’s desk for her signature.

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    1. have you been to a church or congregation lately. I am not seeing these wealthy churches as you are. Which ones are you talking about as having the latest jets. My guess is you have never seen the inside of a church.

    1. Putting such homeowners associations’ made-up CCRs, ahead of lower housing costs statewide, is exactly how we got into this crisis to begin with

  1. Churches should start pitching in with their tax free donations. They always talk about helping people, why not just do it for once and stop blowing it on their personal properties.

  2. And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” …

    Proverbs 28:27

  3. Idaho City considering tents for workers amid ‘crushing inequality,’ scarce affordable housing. I posted this to point out that the Bend area is not the only area experiencing this current problem. The ultra rich move in, they buy up all the available homes knowing that people will always need housing. They exploit the workers who are forced to move further and further out of town. Then they inhabit the rules committee to pass the NIMBY rules to maintain their showcase homes they hope to peddle off to some other fat cat. All housing shortages are largely the result of zoning laws which protect the status quo.

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