The Rent Crisis: A People’s Perspective

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Portland is in a Renter State of Emergency.

No-cause evictions and rent increases are at record levels.

Landlords and developers are forcing responsible and reliable tenants out of their homes and communities, into one of the worst and most aggressive rental markets in history, without consideration of the impacts on our tenants.

It’s time for tenants and working Portlanders to come together and say enough.

On Wednesday, December 9th, the Oregonian will be hosting a panel of “concerned citizens and community experts,” which includes speakers such as one of the most prominent developers in the Pearl District and the wealthiest Portland City Commissioner. While the people on this panel do make major decisions about housing in our community, this panel clearly fails to reflect the diverse perspectives of the working class people who are affected by the housing crisis in Portland.

So on the Wednesday after, December 16th, join Know Your City and Portland Tenants United (Portland’s new tenant union) for a community dialogue about how these skyrocketing rents impact our communities, and what we can do about it. Topics will include no cause evictions, government policy, homelessness and camping – and will include the perspectives of women, people of color, and perhaps most importantly, renters.

Join us at Community Warehouse for this panel. Speakers include:

-Katrina Holland, Community Alliance of Tenants
-Margot Black, Portland Tenants United
-Vahid Brown, Hazelnut Grove
-Josh Alpert, Chief of Staff for Mayor Charlie Hales
-Meg Guerra, Hacienda CDC

Moderator: Michelle DePass, Portland Housing Bureau

We will also be engaging in group breakout sessions after the panel so that every attendee can have their voice heard.

5:00 – Doors Open
5:30 – Panel Begins
6:15 – Group Breakout Sessions

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