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Oregon aims to tackle homelessness, housing crisis

Gov. Kate Brown said the plan announced by Oregon Housing and Community Services requires support from the Legislature for funding.

Posted: Feb. 11, 2019 4:00 PM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon's housing finance agency has an ambitious plan to attack homelessness but says it will need a lot of resources to pull off.

Gov. Kate Brown, whose proposed budget would make a historic $400 million investment in housing, said Monday the plan announced by Oregon Housing and Community Services requires support from the Legislature for funding, and from philanthropy, business leaders, developers and builders.

Margaret Salazar, director of Oregon Housing and Community Services, said one goal is to fund creation of 1,000 homes with support services for the poor.

In addition, the Legislature is weighing a bill that would require cities and counties to allow duplexes and some higher-density housing in lands zoned for single-family dwellings. A public hearing on the bill was being held Monday.

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