Housing affordability in nearly every corner of the State is reaching a crisis level. I believe that we need diverse middle housing options to ensure equal access for all income levels and household needs. As our baby boomer generation ages, we need to work to develop age in place housing that doesn’t require our neighbors to move outside of our communities to find affordable and practical housing options. Younger community members shouldn’t be forced to live outside of the communities that they work in simply because they are priced out of those neighborhoods.
Oregon HB 2001 seeks to provide Oregonians with more housing choices, especially more affordable housing choices. The state requires Oregon’s medium-sized cities to allow duplexes on each lot or parcel zoned for residential use that allows for the development of single-family homes and additionally, by June 30, 2022, Oregon’s large cities (with a population over 25,000) must allow duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, cottage clusters, and townhouses in residential areas. These housing types can be more affordable and meet the housing needs of many younger people, the minority community, seniors, and people who work hard but can’t afford a large, detached house of their own. All families have a right to affordable housing that meets their needs.
I support all cities and municipalities in District 13 as they implement their middle housing plan.