City of Portland Adding $2.7m to Fund Housing Emergency

Today the Portland City Council will consider a budget amendment that would add an additional $2.7M in funding to combat Portland’s housing emergency.  The money would help fund homeless shelters, property purchases, short-term rent assistance and other programs. The funding would come from the Portland Development Commission ($1.1M) and a settlement the city received…

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West-Coast Mayors Ask for $450m for Affordable Housing

The “West Coast Alliance of Mayors” – a group of mayors (including Portland’s Charlie Hales) from Eugene, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, Sacramento, Oakland and Honolulu – has officially asked the federal government for an additional $450 million in funding for affordable housing. The request includes funds for: Rental assistance…

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Tiny House Movement

There has been a lot of talk lately about the Tiny House Movement. Tiny houses are popping up all over Portland, so why are they so popular? Green Living Ideas put together some tips for understanding tiny houses and whether a tiny house is for you! Green Living Ideas: Strategies For Thinking About A…

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Local Restaurants Nominated for National Awards

National non-profit culinary arts organization The James Beard Foundation announced its semifinalists for its 2016 awards last week. A number of local restaurants and chefs were nominated this year. Best New Restaurant in the United States: Coquine on SE Belmont Outstanding Chef: Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon on E. Burnside and Little Bird on SW 6th Outstanding Baker: Kim Boyce…

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Portland’s Hottest Neighborhoods in 2016?

Every year Redfin puts out its list of the hottest neighborhoods in the country based on users’ “favorites” and page views. According to Refin, the top features buyers are looking for in a neighborhood are affordability, character, and livability (proximity to employment, restaurants, etc.). While none of Portland’s neighborhoods made the top…

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January Housing Numbers

2016 started off better than 2015 ended in the Portland Metro real estate market. New listings jumped up over 60% from December, but were still almost 9% less than January of last year, indicating that inventory is still well below demand. Both average and median home prices dipped slightly compared to December…

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