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Report: Oregon Housing Getting Less Affordable

December 18, 2006

Portland, OR - Oregon ranks behind 25 states in rental housing affordability, according to a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. It shows rental costs in Oregon have increased about 15 percent over the past six years, leaving over one in four Oregon renters paying more for housing than they can really afford. Amy Fauver with The Neighborhood Partnership Fund says a full-time worker has to earn $13.46 an hour to cover rent, utilities and the other necessities of life.

"Families are having to earn more each year in order to be able to afford their home, but their wages aren't keeping pace with that."

Fauver believes it's time for the state to step in and help.

"Right now, the state of Oregon invests very little money into affordable housing options. We'd like the legislature to step up and say 'We believe that every Oregon household deserves a safe, decent place to live.'"

Fauver says currently, a minimum wage worker would have to work 72 hours a week year-round to afford a modest two bedroom apartment.

The report is online at www.nlihc.org.

Dondrea Warner/David Law, Public News Service - OR