Housing Affordability Advocates: Vote Yes on Measure 26-173

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Worried about Portland’s affordable housing crisis? Yeah, us too.  It’s hard not to be these days. 

That’s why we’re proud to announce that the Fix Our Streets Portland campaign has received the endorsement of Portland’s affordable housing advocates including Oregon Opportunity Network,  Community Alliance of Tenants, Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Orange Splot, OPAL – Environmental Justice Oregon and ROSE Community Development. 

As housing advocates wrote in an editorial in Street Roots: 

The temporary gas tax is a smart, fair, cost-effective investment to ensure the longevity and safety of our transportation system. Affordable housing advocates, environmentalists, business advocacy groups, and Portland’s entire City Council and top mayoral candidates all agree that this gas tax is a necessary first step to avoid costly road repairs in the future and to help stem traffic violence in East Portland. Please vote yes for safer streets this May; we can’t afford to wait any longer to fix our streets.”

Check out what other housing advocates had to say about their support for Measure 26-173:

“Oregon Opportunity Network is a coalition of nonprofit organizations that provide housing and economic opportunities for working families, people with disabilities, and seniors in communities across Oregon. We hear from Portlanders everyday who are concerned with transportation, affordability, and traffic safety issues in their neighborhoods. We strongly urge a YES vote on the temporary gas tax this May to address backlogged maintenance and street safety in our community.”

– Ruth Adkins, OregonON’s Policy Director. 

Justin Buri, Executive Director of Community Alliance of Tenants

“Portland’s tenants are struggling, and this temporary gas tax directs resources to build safer and more reliable streets in neighborhoods where tenants are struggling with Portland’s affordability crisis. We support the gas tax as an investment in economic stability for vulnerable residents to safely get around town.” 

– Justin Buri, Executive Director of the Community Alliance of Tenants

“Historic lack of investment in the basic infrastructure of streets and sidewalks disproportionately impacts the neighborhoods of low-income Portlanders and communities of color. We support the gas tax because the families we serve deserve well-maintained streets and safe sidewalks as much as any other resident.”

– Travis Phillips, Director of Housing and Development at Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc.

“As Portland’s population grows, it’ll be critical that we begin making cost-effective investments in the economic vitality of our transportation system. I am planning to vote yes on the gas tax to help make Portland more accessible and affordable to all.” 

– Eli Spevak, owner of Orange Splot LLC, 

Nick Sauvie, Executive Director of ROSE Community Development

These housing groups are just the latest Portland organizations and small businesses to endorse the gas tax. A Yes Vote on Measure 26-173 will save Portland taxpayers money down the road by making cost-effective investments in road repair and street maintenance with a four year, ten cent gas tax. The campaign has been endorsed by the Portland Business Alliance, City Club of Portland, Portland Tribune and the Portland Mercury.