Housing justice actions in the Portland area.


Actions & events coming up:


Recurring events:

Renters Rights Workshops at Multnomah County Library:

  • Thursday, 1/26, 6:30 pm, St. John’s Branch
  • Sunday, 2/5, 3 pm, Central Library
  • Tuesday, 2/7, 6 pm, Woodstock Branch
  • Saturday, 2/11, 3:30 pm, Gresham Library

Scroll down below for upcoming events related to Matthew Desmond’s Evicted.

PCC’s program on housing combines two recurring events: 

In My Home: Personal Narratives About Housing in the Community. Narratives about housing insecurity or affordability, and experiences with poverty or eviction will be recorded and shared to raise awareness and to help generate possible solutions.

From the Rooftops: Thoughts About Housing in Our Community. Have ideas or opinions about housing in the community? Share them with us at our community sound-off.

Each of these events are held simultaneously at various PCC locations, at various times over the next six weeks, leading up to “Place Called Home,” held on March 1st.


Other community events:


Wednesday, January 25th: Oregon Humanities Presents Think & Drink: This Land. The 2017 Think & Drink series features conversations on race, power, and place. At this event, we’ll explore how how Black Oregonians and other communities of color have been affected by exclusionary land ownership policies. Our guests are Rhea Combs of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gwen Carr of Oregon Black Pioneers, and Melissa Lowery, director of the documentary Black Girl in Suburbia. Stick around after the program for snacks and conversation. 6:30 pm, Alberta Rose Theater.

Thursday, January 26th: Welcome Home Coalition’s Leadership Academy, for Washington County. At the Welcome Home Leadership Academy, we’ll learn how to tell our stories effectively about real solutions for our housing crisis, how to navigate the housing system, and how to create change as a civic leader. Together, we’re building an advocacy community ready to win for housing! What to expect: – Telling your story for housing – Making new friends, and building community – Big and small group activities – Taking action for housing. 6-8 pm, Sonrise Church 6701 NE Campus Dr. Hillsboro, OR 97124.

Friday, January 27th: Washington County Project Homeless Connect brings volunteers, non-profit agencies, faith and business partners together to connect people experiencing homelessness with critical services and resources in a single day. 9 am – 3 pm,  Sonrise Church 6701 NE Campus Dr. Hillsboro, OR 97124.

Friday, January 27th: City Club’s Look Again: New Perspectives On Our Housing Crisis – Friday Forum. 12:15 – 1:15 pm, Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave.

Friday,  January 27th: 2017 Legislative Launch Party. Welcome Home, Oregon Opportunity Network, Community Alliance of Tenants, and Housing Alliance to kick-off the housing movement in our 2017 Oregon Legislature! We’ve accomplished so much in the Portland housing world, and it’s time to bring that systems-change to the rest of the state.6-8 pm, Lagunitas Brewing Community Room, 237 NE Broadway St, Portland.

January 27th, 28th, 29th: “Homeless (the musical)” will be performed at this year’s Fertile Ground Festival. 7 pm each night, Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St.

Saturday, January 28thDemand East Portland legislators support tenant protections! noon to 2 pm, Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Rd.

Saturday, February 4th: Where to Next? Tenants Speak, Legislators Listen. Have you experienced an eviction or your rent rising? Come join a creative interactive discussion with Oregon State lawmakers about it who can help stop this crisis! 3-6 pm, Highland Christian Center, 7600 NE Highland.

Tuesday, February 7th: Portland Housing Advisory Council meeting. 2-5 pm, PHB, 431 SW 6th Avenue, fifth floor.


Wednesday, February 22nd: Panel Discussion: Our Community Can End Homelessness, Here’s How! Local advocates Jes Larson, Israel Bayer and Shannon Singleton will talk about the history of homelessness, the present day work underway to address this community issue, and what we can do to change the future of our city by ending modern day homelessness. Marc Jolin of the new Joint Office of Homeless Services and the A Home for Everyone Coalition will be moderating the panel. 6-7:30 pm, Central Library – U.S. Bank Room, 801 SW 10th Ave, Portland, 97205.

Wednesday, March 1st: Place to Call Home: Personal Narratives and Possible Solutions for Housing in the Community. Join a panel of elected officials, local housing advocacy organizations, and student community members to discuss possible solutions for secure and affordable housing in the Portland area. The discussion will be based on the shared personal narratives and ideas gathered from the community, including students and the general public, during the month of February. The panel discussion will be moderated by Chabre Vickers, Portland Human Rights Commission Chair. 6- 7:30 pm, Portland Community College Southeast Campus, Mt. Tabor Building, Great Hall.

Saturday, March 4th: Film Screening: On the Ground. Join Sisters Of The Road for a screening of On the Ground, an original documentary short about the realities and root causes of houselessness in Portland. This powerful, sensitive and truth-filled film explores the history, root causes and realities of homelessness in Portland from the perspective of community members with this lived experience. A discussion will follow. 2-3 pm, Central Library.

Friday, March 10th: Pushed Out: No Affordable Homes in Portland.


Events related to Matthew Desmond’s Evicted:

  • 1/29, 3-5 pm, Pop Up Silent Reading Party, Beech St Parlor, 412 NE Beech
  • Various Pageturner reading groups: check multcolib.org for times, places
  • 3/9, 7:30 pm, Literary Arts hosts Matthew Desmond. Arlene Schnitzer Hall.



State of Housing in Portland report, released Dec 2016.




That’s a GD Shed (The Shed)

 Portland Tenants United



Oregonian series: Our Homeless Crisis

The State of Housing in Portland 2015 report

PSU Urban Studies Professor Lisa Bates’ 2013 paper on gentrification and displacement.

Discrimination by Design


from Better Institutions, focused on Los Angeles/Southern California:

What Will It Take to Get Pro-Housing and Anti-Displacement Advocates on the Same Side?

Private Development, Public/Non-Profit Ownership: Recipe For Long-Term Housing Affordability

Community Land Trusts:

more to come.


Seattle area housing justice work:

Seattle’s Equitable Development Initiative

Community-Supported Equitable Development in Southeast Seattle

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog’s article: Assessing the state of Africatown amid rapid Central District redevelopment

Ring my bell: Alan at hedda.lee@gmail.com


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