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Houseless Villages and the Housing Crisis

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The map above demonstrates the change in median single-family home values from 1996 to 2016. With the exception of the recession years, the Portland metropolitan region has experienced strong increases in home values. Certain neighborhoods have seen increases over 200%, and in some instances, over 300% (Table 1). Median Single-Family Home Values by Neighborhood (Adjusted to 2016 Constant Dollars) Efforts …

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Affordable Housing Policies and Implementation

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With an overwhelming desire to find solutions to housing affordability challenges, the Housing Data Hub includes a comparative analysis of the various policies and implementation tools available to local governments. This information provides a baseline understanding of the affordable housing strategies currently deployed in the Portland metro area and will inform policy conversations. Dozens of potential policies, regulations, and incentives …

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The Geography of the Commute

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by Steve Howland, maps by Randy Morris It is a common misperception that low-income populations are transit-dependent or typically do without a car because it is too expensive. While much larger proportions of low-income populations use a mode of transportation other than a personal automobile to commute to work, a majority of them still use a personal automobile. In this …

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The Geography of Future Housing

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by Randy Morris & Sheila Martin A strong regional economy, rising wages, and rapid population growth throughout the Portland region have driven rapidly increasing demand for housing. Housing development lagged the region’s economic recovery, as permitting activity fell to a 20-year low in 2009 and 2010, leading to acute shortages and rapidly rising rents and home prices as the economy …

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Missing Middle Housing

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Introduction In the Portland metro area and across the state, the demographics of cities are changing. Urban populations and housing prices are rising, while household sizes are declining [i]. With these changing dynamics, how can Portland metro communities “provide for the housing needs of citizens of the state” as called for in the Oregon Statewide Planning Goals and Guidelines regarding …

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Accessory Dwelling Units

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Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) are an increasingly popular addition to basements and back yards across the Portland region. ADUs are smaller, secondary dwelling units on the same property as a single-family home. As housing advocates push for greater access to ADU’s, towns and cities across the region are exploring the impact of these secondary dwellings on residential neighborhoods.