I’d like to start this month’s message with heartfelt appreciation for our expert panel of attorneys who helped make the May dinner meeting a wonderful success. Questions and answers extended a full hour over schedule, and brought to mind a quote from Jed Bartlet of the TV show West Wing where he said, “She’s not worried about the length of your question, she’s worried about the length of my response.” Legal questions, and their lengthy answers, ranged from trusts and wills, to service animals and companion pets to fair housing laws and Section 8.
Speaking of Section 8, our lobbyist Cindy Robert, has reported very minor edits to HB 2639 in the Senate, having already passed in the House. While we still feel the current version of HB 2639 isn’t ideal, it is the best bill possible, at this time. We long stood alone in opposition, while the other landlord associations moved to neutral early in the process. The recent news of our neutrality is bringing more exposure and credibility to the Association. Our government leaders are becoming more aware of how our members differ from other landlord associations, and have already shown a willingness to consult and collaborate in the future.
PR & Branding:
Dovetailing nicely with the increased exposure in Salem, our PR and branding efforts under Jason Atkinson’s direction are progressing nicely. Our recent press release caught the attention of OPB, which resulted in both Phil Owen, Past President and Chair of the Government Affairs Committee, and Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish speaking on the Section 8 bill HB 2639 on the popular Think Out Loud radio show. This opportunity has led to an acceptance by Nick Fish to speak at our July Dinner Meeting.
Looking for ways to get involved? The RHAGP has many volunteerism opportunities to interact, educate and grow the rental housing industry for the better. Visit our website at www.rhagp.org/committees to view the list of committees and who to contact about current projects and opportunities to help out. As a non-profit organization since 1927, the Rental Housing Association of Greater Portland depends on our members to uphold our high level of civic participation and supply affordable, quality housing to Oregonians.
Find legislative updates and listen to the Section 8 Think Out Loud at www.rhagp.org/lgs.