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Plus, tenant protection hearing continued and Affordable art recommendations OK'd.

FILE PHOTO - Portland city Commissioner Chloe Eudaly.Commissioner Chloe Eudaly said last week that she will request $750,000 tohelp fund legal services for local migrants threatened with deportation. She hopes Multnomah County will contribute an equal amount.

Eudaly made the promise in response to a report presented to the City Council Thursday by the the Welcoming/Inclusive/Sanctuary City Task Force. It was created by the council on March 22 to "coordinate efforts to support and protect the immigrant and refugee communities."

The report recommended the creation of an independent Office of Immigrant Support to administer such a legal defense fund.

Tenant protection hearing continued

The City Council ran out of time to vote on making a revised version of its rental protection policy permanent after a lengthy hearing Wednesday. It will continue the hearing this week.

The temporary policy was first approved in February 2016. It requires landlords to pay relocation assistance ranging from $2,900 to $4,500 to tenants subject to no-cause evictions or who choose to move after their rent is raised more than 10 percent in a year.

The council originally exempted landlords with just one unit from the requirements. The proposed permanent policy would narrow that exemption to just a few circumstances. Many landlords oppose the change, which is supported by tenant advocates.

Affordable art recommendations OK'd

The City Council on Wednesday adopted a set of recommendations to protect and expand affordable art spaces.

The Plan for Preserving and Expanding Affordable Arts Space in Portland was crafted by Commissioner Nick Fish with the assistance of Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. It responds to the increase in property values that have displaced many artists and prompted the redevelopment of low-cost art spaces.

The vote follows a council work session in January. The plan encourages collaborative, proactive action by the city, private and nonprofit partners, community groups and artists. You can read it at: tinyurl.com/y73sya6x

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