Sen. Ted Ferrioli on calls for affordable housing ‘state of emergency’

Sen. Ted Ferrioli

Oregon Senate Republicans

Salem, Ore. – Yesterday, Senator Ferrioli addressed the topic of affordable housing in a statement following the request by the Eugene City Council to Governor Brown for assistance alleviating homelessness.

“When families fall on hard times and need emergency assistance with food, clothing, and shelter, the State of Oregon is committed to meeting those needs,” said Ferrioli. “The affordable housing ‘state of emergency’ is a symptom of deeper underlying problems. Oregon has miserable graduation rates, students poorly prepared for family-wage careers, expensive housing due to erratic land use laws, and policies that harm small businesses and contribute to chronic underemployment. The Governor should enact a State of Emergency and get Oregon back on track to allow Oregonians to succeed in all aspects of their life.”

The City of Portland also declared an affordable housing emergency in October, requesting financial assistance from Governor Brown and the State of Oregon.

“The urban core is finally waking up to the affordability crisis across the state, a result of the failed policies of the majority party,” explained Ferrioli. “The Governor and the Oregon legislature must immediately enact bipartisan solutions to address high consumer costs, underemployment, struggling small businesses and underperforming schools. Putting a band aid on the symptom of affordable housing and homelessness will not work. It’s time to stop treating the symptoms and honestly face root causes.”

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  • Dick Winningstad

    Increasing the amount of land available for housing can lower costs to the point where housing for the less affulent will be available.

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  • Bob Clark

    So, the so-called solution is to spend more on “affordable” housing, upping the demand side while regulating higher labor prices and demanding the “greenest” of materials. Developers like Homer Williams and other step in to take a chunk of the taxpayers money going to this new Affordable Housing charade, and dither a dent is made in meeting housing stock growth in line with population growth.

    We need less government not more, as it is a continual waste machine of scarce public resources. If it weren’t, we would have solved these problems a long, long time ago (with like the City of Portland’s “Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness,” enacted over ten years ago).

    • thevillageidiot

      Yes. I agree about the cronyism (Disguised as capitalism). If I may add my humble opinion this also shows that Republicans aka. conservatives are just as progressive as the Democrats aka liberals. More government (tax money) to buy more votes.

  • Jack Lord God

    This was a pretty cool trick when I think LA did it a few months back with the homeless. However declaring state of emergencies just because you want to spend without normal constraints is ridiculous for problems that endemic rather than remarkable circumstance.

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