The City Promises More Affordable Housing Funds. Will It Follow Through?

Portland's Got a Spotty History Living Up to Similar Commitments

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The real estate bubble burst and tax payers bailed out the banks, which then proceeded to foreclose on mass quantities of homes, and evicting the buyers into the streets to become homeless. The banks continue to withhold these properties from the market in order to create an artificial housing shortage, which keeps values over priced. At the same time, banks have resumed lending to new buyers who can't afford the high payments. Another bubble is about to burst. Banks should be forced to liquidate the vacant foreclosed realty at auction in order to increase supply and lower the price. There is no need for tax payers to pony up more dough to subsidize over priced property for the benefit of banks, realtors and landlords.
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What do we need affordable housing for when all we have to do is let our current administration manipulate and change our zoning laws and throw all of her homeless people into a illegal homeless tent encampments like "right to dream too". It's a lot more affordable to let Pearl District developers pay the city 800,000.00 to install, move or create homeless tent camps rather then affordable housing!

The tax payers of this city are currently letting this behavior take place with our administration, this is disgusting behavior that should not be tolerated. Our mayor and Commissioner Fritz should be brought up on charges for excepting payoffs from developers to encourage homeless camps rather than implement more affordable housing.

Has anyone been to Seattle lately and noticed all of the homeless tent camp popping up all over the place? Guess what, if we let our mayor & commissioner Fritz get away with this behavior, Portland is going to turn into the second largest homeless tent camp population next to Seattle! And Commissioner fritz said that tent camps will not attract additional homeless people, that obviously total bullshit if you look at what happened to Seattle!

Wake up people and put a stop to this administration's behavior before it's too late and we are stuck with illegal tent camps all over our city.
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During the last Great Depression, SE Portland was an enormous shanty town in a gimongous mud field.
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"Our mayor and Commissioner Fritz should be brought up on charges for excepting payoffs from developers to encourage homeless camps rather than implement more affordable housing"

1) being homeless is not illegal, and neither is giving them a place to congregateand find safety in numbers and a sense of community which can make all the difference. The ability to connect/ congregate is easily the most overlooked NEED for homelessness. Not living your way of institutionalized life - whether they chose not to conform to it or not - does not automatically equate to being illegal, sorry but you need a much stronger argument than being an entitled middle class do-gooder looking to set his way of live as the natural definition of morality and lawfullness.

I'll say it again, and again, and again; law is about interpretation so people please quit spitting this "obey the laws" and instead tell us what laws you speak of and how you interpret them and then we can have a productive conversation.

2) so what is your solution? throw more and more money at the problem and pack people in tinier and tinier boxes so they can be more like you? Hello!- these housing options we're putting on the table are not sustainable and it is inevitable they'll need to be subsidized or the rent will increase or they will rot and become half way houses.

Got any NEW ideas? sustainable solutions? Something worth saying? No? why degrade the public conversation then?

pearl district is that-a-way -->

bless you Ms. Fritz and Hales if indeed you have actually advocated for homeless being safe at night and finding connection without first needing to come up with millions to do so.
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"Our mayor and Commissioner Fritz should be brought up on charges for excepting payoffs from developers to encourage homeless camps rather than implement more affordable housing"

1) being homeless is not illegal, and neither is giving them a place to congregateand find safety in numbers and a sense of community which can make all the difference. The ability to connect/ congregate is easily the most overlooked NEED for homelessness. Not living your way of institutionalized life - whether they chose not to conform to it or not - does not automatically equate to being illegal, sorry but you need a much stronger argument than being an entitled middle class do-gooder looking to set his way of live as the natural definition of morality and lawfullness.

I'll say it again, and again, and again; law is about interpretation so people please quit spitting this "obey the laws" and instead tell us what laws you speak of and how you interpret them and then we can have a productive conversation.

2) so what is your solution? throw more and more money at the problem and pack people in tinier and tinier boxes so they can be more like you? Hello!- these housing options we're putting on the table are not sustainable and it is inevitable they'll need to be subsidized or the rent will increase or they will rot and become half way houses.

Got any NEW ideas? sustainable solutions?

bless you Ms. Fritz and Hales if indeed you have actually advocated for homeless being safe at night and finding connection without first needing to come up with millions to do so.
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oops- I waited 20 min later and my fist comment did not show
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...I don't know. I'm in such housing, having lived on the streets and brilliantly screwed up both my college and employment prospects. But, if it encourages more tweaker street trash to clog our sidewalks with human flotsam, until they get industrious enough to jockey box a bag of bath salts, then I'm not so sure I want this to happen.

Besides, if a housing market has to be regulated to such a degree, something is so seriously fundamentally wrong with the local economy, and administration, that this kind of “fix” is about as inelegant solution to a problem that I can think of. Sometimes I think the entire planet is paying for the timeshares of maybe a thousand people, who of course can afford their housing.

There used to be a time when you didn't have to look good enough on paper to get a military security clearance to land a crappy service or labor job that can't even pay for a roof over your head and put a decent meal on your plate. Just keep blaming all the world's woes on the poor, until you join their ranks.