President Liz Carpenter’s message talks about the hot topics of Fair Housing, legislative processes and the future.
Trust is a hard thing to come by, especially in politics.
Three months ago, the Rental Housing Association of Greater Portland announced neutrality on Speaker Tina Kotek’s Housing Choice law, making mandatory the acceptance of applications from section 8 program. RHAGP made this move to neutrality in order to continue to address the issues landlords have historically had with the program.
We are the small landlords who have been providing affordable housing in Oregon since 1927. 80% of our 1,700+ members have fewer than 10 units. Small landlords are wary of the paperwork, the inspections, and the unreasonable demands on time that have long been part of the federal section 8 program. Many of our members just cannot see why a federal program for public housing is being forced on Oregon’s private property owners, when all the vouchers currently released in Oregon are used. There is no shortage of housing and there is no immediate problem we believe legislation will resolve. But we decided to trust and work with the Legislature. Our organization has been around for a long time, and we’ve learned the balance between standing strong for private property rights and being constructive in the affordable housing community.
We also trust that this law’s implementation will evolve: applications are required to be accepted – not tenants; tools for screening applicants can be applied equitably to everyone; landlords have access to funds to mitigate costs of damages; a committee of stakeholders will continuously meet to listen to concerns and find ways to improve the program; and efforts will be made to seek waivers allowing increased flexibility of the program in Oregon in areas such as inspections and lease lengths.
RHAGP is committed to addressing all the Housing Choice issues, being partners in the affordable housing community, and we will continue to work in good faith. As the new law takes effect, our members simply ask for the same level of trust in return.
Now for the fun stuff! Our Annual Picnic – August 14th
Join us for our annual summer party at Oaks Park. Cost is just $5 per person, over the age of 12. Ride bracelets are $9 each and skating is included!
- 2pm Registration opens
- 3 – 6pm Vendor Fair – Meet those who support landlords while engaging in many fun
- 5pm Dinner served
- 7pm Bingo starts
Many members invite families, co-workers and even hold their company picnic at ours! The more the merrier. Looking forward to seeing you there.
Since 1927, the Rental Housing Association of Greater Portland has held the standard of landlord civic participation and provided affordable housing to Oregonians.
The Rental Housing Association of Greater Portland
10520 NE Weidler Portland, Oregon 97220