Homelessness: People living in parked recreational vehicles as well as messy tent encampments are two of the most visible indicators that Oregon is experiencing a severe housing shortage. Other indicators include bike routes, sidewalks, and public parks.
The problem has been made significantly worse by the skyrocketing property prices as well as the shortage of 111,000 dwelling units in the state of Oregon. Now, the incoming governor of Oregon, Tina Kotek, has stated that finding a solution to the housing crisis will be her first priority.
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Kotek told the Associated Press via email while he was on the campaign trail that he would issue an executive order “on Day One” to increase the pace and scale of housing production statewide, with a focus on financing housing that is affordable for middle-class families. “On Day One,” he said, “I will issue an executive order.”
During the campaign for governor, two key topics that came up frequently were homelessness and the rising cost of living in cities like Portland. Kotek was victorious over two candidates who had previously served in the legislature: Republican candidate Christine Drazan and independent candidate Betsy Johnson.
As your next Governor I will:
—Declare a homelessness state of emergency and work to help Oregonians move off the streets.
—Expand access to mental health & addiction treatment services.
—Work to bridge the divisions in our state.
— Tina Kotek (@TinaKotek) November 11, 2022
It is likewise a concern in the other states along the West Coast. As part of his efforts to realign California’s priorities in preparation for the second term to which he was just elected, Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom put a stop to the state’s spending of one billion dollars on behalf of local governments earlier this month.
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