2018 Legislative Session: Legislative wins during the 2018 short session
Habitat at the Capitol: Special thanks to all of you who joined us for Habitat at the Capitol. With the fast pace of this year’s short session (just 27 days), our early and active support was very helpful. Thank you especially for your excellent note-taking! We were able to provide the Oregon Housing Alliance with detailed feedback on legislative responses to HB 4007 and HJR 201 within 24 hours of your visits.
HB 4007 Passed: HB 4007C increases the document recording fee for affordable housing from $20 to $60, and will raise an additional $60 million every biennium for affordable housing! HB 4007 also creates the First Time Home Buyer Savings Account, which will provide a small tax subtraction for first time home buyers with moderate incomes who are saving for a home.
HJR 201: HJR 201A refers a measure to voters that will change the constitution to allow local governments to lend their credit to benefit affordable housing. HJR 201 passed the House unanimously, and passed the Senate by a vote of 24-5 on Thursday, March 1.
HB 4010A: Creates a taskforce to study and address racial disparities in homeownership.
HB 4006B: Requires cities that have a high percentage of renters who are experiencing a severe rent burden (they spend more than half their income on rent) to hold a meeting and develop plans to address the problem. This bill includes financial resources to support local jurisdictions in this work, and to conduct a study of cost drivers of affordable housing.
HB 4144A: Which eases skilled labor availability for affordable home construction.
HB 4121: The “Home WRAP” proposal (funds for solar subsidy with 25% designation for affordable home repairs), did not pass this session.