Think is Rockin' It For Affordable Housing
- By Rebekah Markillie
- September 26, 2018
On Oct. 2, Think is helping to sponsor a benefit concert at Mississippi Studios with Business For A Better Portland to support and mobilize Portlanders to vote “yes” on upcoming affordable housing bond measures: Measure 26-199 and Measure 102.
“Housing costs are skyrocketing in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. Wages haven’t kept up, and families are struggling to make ends meet. Many are being forced to move further away from their community, work, and schools,” says Jim Brunberg, co-owner of Mississippi Studios. “If we don’t act now, we will risk losing what makes the Portland area so special. Portland’s music community cares deeply about our affordability crisis, and this show is one way we’re able to help.”
Measure 26-199 is a regional bond, which will build and preserve affordable homes in the region. The measure would authorize $652.8 million in bonds to fund affordable housing in Washington, Clackamas, and Multnomah counties. Additionally, this bond measure would fund the construction, purchase, and renovation of affordable housing for up to 12,000 people (3,900 homes) in the greater Portland area.
Measure 102 is a statewide measure that would allow cities to use bond revenue to fund privately owned affordable housing. Currently, the Oregon state constitution prohibits cities and counties from using the bond revenue for projects with private ownership. If approved, this measure would amend the state constitution to allow local governments to use bond revenue to fund the construction of affordable housing without requiring them to retain ownership of the completed housing.
The concert will feature several local artists including Kyle Morton, Ashleigh Flynn, and The Goods.
Tickets cost $15 and all proceeds will be donated directly to the campaign.
Purchase tickets here!