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Reader say Metro can do more to create housing and where Kristof paid his taxes in important.

It is clear the voters care and want to help solve the homeless crisis. We came together as a region in May 2020 to approve the homeless service bond for $250 million a year for 10 years. Now our Metro leaders have a responsibility to deliver results. In the Metro State of the Region address on Jan. 21 ("Metro chief promises progress on homeless crisis soon," Jan. 26, 2022), we heard several facts regarding new shelter beds arriving, affordable housing units being built, and pounds of garbage being collected. We will hear many data points over the next several years regarding investments and activities. We can't confuse being busy with progress. Our leaders need to explain where we are going and how we will get there.Metro must focus on tracking the fundamental outcomes of 1) reducing the number of people living in unsafe unsheltered conditions and 2) reducing the in-flow of new houseless people. Metro leaders have to work with county partners to transparently communicate how they are addressing these two central points to the public. If the outcomes are not being achieved (and they are currently not), then we must hold them accountable to listening to the citizens in the region and providing the solutions to get us back on track. This crucial feedback will help the region make informed policy, program and process improvements; spend budget resources wisely; and ensure the needs of the people who are houseless are being prioritized.

Where Metro can make an immediate impact is by leading the charge on addressing the larger issue that the region has an overall demand for 48,000 homes. Without an adequate supply of market-rate housing at various price points, housing prices will only continue to increase, reducing the amount of affordable housing, and expanding the risk of homelessness. Metro has to work with the public and private sectors to expedite development of the critical housing supply we need. Public investment alone in new units will not solve our affordable housing crisis. We must bring business and government together to achieve the housing outcome we desire. The homeless service bond was a historic step in the right direction. Now we need leadership accountable to outcomes, not spin.

Alisa Pyszka

Northeast Portland

(Alisa Pyszka is a candidate for Metro president)

Income tax returns are evidence of residence

There is a simple way for Nick Kristof to prove he's an Oregon resident as he claims. Oregon residents pay taxes on income earned out of state. If he can show us that he filed an Oregon Form 40, (and not a Form 40N for non-residents) there is no way the secretary of state should prevent him from running for governor.

Rolf Semprebon

Southeast Portland


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