Will MLK Boulevard be part of the city’s affordable housing strategy in the future?

After an overdue conversation on affordability, housing, gentrification, and privilege sparked by the proposed Trader Joe’s at MLK & Alberta, the city is preparing to unveil a proposal to spend $20 million in additional funds for affordable housing in the near future (above the amounts already earmarked in the regular city budgeting process).

The strategy will be described to the public at a meeting this Monday at Tubman School in North Portland. Announced already are the city’s plans “to invest $4.5 million, plus land, into creating permanently affordable rental homes, especially for land already owned by the Portland Housing Bureau, including a plot on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, between Northeast Cook and Ivy Street” (described in the Observer).

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