City Hall Update: Half of Portlanders struggle with rent
Nearly half of Portland renters are paying more than 30 percent of their incomes for housing, and slightly more than half of them are paying more than 50 percent of their incomes for rent.
Because of that, there are no neighborhoods in the city where the average black, Native American, Pacific Islander, or single-mother headed household can afford rent.
Those are among the finds of the annual State of Housing in Portland report released on Dec. 19 by the Portland Housing Bureau. The disparities are occurring despite a significant increase in apartment construction that has slowed rent increases to about 2 percent and rapidly rising incomes within the other half of the population.
The city also has increased the supply of government-supported affordable housing projects. You can read the report at: www.portlandoregon.gov/phb/78184.
Help improve 122nd Avenue
The Portland Bureau of Transportation is asking the public for ideas to help upgrade 122nd Avenue, one of the most congested and dangerous streets in Portland.
The bureau is dedicating $2 million from the Fixing Our Streets program funded by the temporary 10-cents-a-gallon city gas tax to developing a plan for improving the street. Anticipated improvements include more lighting, crossings, improved bike lanes, bus lanes and signal changes.
But the bureau also wants to hear your ideas. You can learn more about the project and take the online survey at: portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/706747