Legislators squabble over affordable housing bills

Support builds for low income housing, but policy makers disagree on solutions.

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Advocates are calling the local zoning option, known as inclusionary zoning, one tool for addressing the climbing demand for housing across all income levels that hasn’t been met by supply. Cities have been banned from creating inclusionary zoning since 1999.

…Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, along with Sen. Chris Edwards, D-Eugene, and homebuilder groups, continued their push to highlight the limited supply of affordable land for housing as a driving factor for rising housing prices. They want to see changes to the state land use laws that seek to prevent urban sprawl.

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Is building more homeless camps the answer to the housing crisis in Portland? Right 2 Dream Too has modeled a new plan that can be replicated.

‘It is designed to be duplicated elsewhere in the city and around the world,’ says Mark Lakeman, a Portland architect active with the City Repair Project who worked on the design.

The Portland City Council will consider relocating the camp — commonly known as R2DToo — from its current location at Northwest Fourth Avenue and Burnside Street to a city-owned gravel lot at Southeast Third Avenue and Harrison Street at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4.

(READ MORE: Portland Tribune)

The housing crisis is so grim that even unlikely venues are transforming space to shelter the homeless, like this former strip club.

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