What UNR does, and why

Portland grassroots group United Neighborhoods for Reform seeks to stem the demolition of viable, affordable housing and its replacement with expensive and inefficient large single-family homes. Our demolition/development resolution, developed through significant neighbor outreach, gathered endorsements from 43 neighborhood associations citywide. We also regularly take our message to City Hall, starting in December 2014, continuing in 2015 on Feb. 12, June 3 (UNR presenters start at 51:20), Oct. 14 (UNR at 1:07:35), and Nov. 25 (UNR at 1:05); in 2016 on Feb. 17, Nov. 9 and 16, and Dec. 7; and in 2017 on May 17.

Next UNR sighting: The Joint Subcommittee on Natural Resources gives the devastating House Bill 2007 a much-needed public hearing (with two days' notice!) at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 22, in Salem, 900 Court St. NE, Room H-174. Have you sent your emails yet?

"The time is always right to do what is right."
—Martin Luther King Jr.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Scenes from the summit show that many care about record-breaking loss of Portland homes

We couldn't set up the chairs fast enough at the United Neighborhoods for
 Reform gathering on April 9. That's UNR member John Sandie
up front at the podium describing efforts to enforce control of hazmat
during demolitions. Progress has yet to be made at the city level,
but state leaders are acting (see next post for details and link to news story).
UNR's Barb Strunk talks about neighborhoods' loss
of affordable housing, drawing on two years of hard-won data.
UNR's Al Ellis emcees the proceedings, which drew
Portland neighbors from 8 to 80.
Restore Oregon's Brandon Spencer-Hartle talks about his group's involvement
in the issue and tools, such as the conservation easement, that can help
homeowners protect their homes.

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