December 3, 2020 Meeting Flyer

Severely rent-burdened

Many of your neighbors are currently experiencing high rent-burdens. This meeting is an essential first step in understanding how Oregon City can help reduce the number of severely rent-burdened households in or community.  Persons experiencing high rent-burdens, housing advocates, and those who support the need for stable housing are highly encouraged to attend.

Is there a time in your life when you or anyone you know spent more than half of their income on rent/mortgage?

According to the American Community Survey, between 2014 and 2018 in Oregon City, 25.5% of households spent more than half their income on rent, which is considered severely rent-burdened.

Covid-19 and access to jobs have impacted our community in 2020, which is further exacerbated when stable and affordable housing is out of reach for many. Oregon City cannot solve this problem on its own, but the more our community learns and understands people’s lived experience facing rent burdens, the better place we are in to help create actionable solutions.

 The public is invited to participate in a virtual conversation about:

• The causes and consequences of being severely rent-burdened;
• The barriers to reducing rent burdens; and 
• Possible solutions to reduce the number of severely rent-burdened households within the city.

What: Severely Rent Burdened Community Conversation

When: Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 6pm

Where: Zoom: Register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CTxzbv35Tj2EYTNaYcfiHg

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We are calling on all residents who believe that housing access and affordability is a vital community issue.  Please attend the upcoming Community Conversation to share your story, listen to others, and work together to recommend actions the City of Oregon City can make to reduce this burden on our community.

You can also share your thoughts through the Severely Rent Burdened Surveyeither before or after the community conversation. This survey will close on December 31, 2020.

Not only will this conversation help provide insight on being rent-burdened and ways to reduce it, it will also help inform other long term work we are undertaking, such as OC2040, a city-wide effort to update our vision and policies on growth, development, and public investment over the next 20 years.

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Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines cost-burdened families as those “who pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing” and “may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing, transportation, and medical care.” Severe rent burden is defined as paying more than 50 percent of one’s income on rent. The Oregon State Legislature passed House Bill 4006, which includes several provisions related to communities over 10,000 designated as severely rent-burdened, meaning that over 25% of the population is spending more than half of their income on rent. This is the first year that Oregon City has crossed the threshold with 25.5% of our population in this situation. Visit: https://www.orcity.org/planning/community-conversation-severely-rent-burdened to learn more.

This meeting will not be recorded.