Housing Issue Brief

Home should be our safest space - a place that can serve as a core foundation of our health and where our families can thrive. Increasingly, the quality and stability of our housing is determined not only by our economic circumstances, but by our race, ethnicity, and immigration status. The current housing crisis impacts all Oregonians, but due to systemic barriers, some communities are impacted more than others.

For immigrants, refugees, and people of color, additional challenges include discriminatory rental practices, linguistic and cultural barriers, high mobility, lower levels of trust in public agencies, and under-reporting of poor conditions. For people of color and rural communities, systemic barriers emerge not only from profit-driven development, but also from poor housing placement, substandard farmworker housing, and regressive housing policy. Read our Housing Policy Brief (July 2016) to learn more.

Unite Oregon is working to address housing equity issues through:

Popular education curriculum development—Creating multi-lingual popular education workshops that build upon renters’ experience and innate knowledge of affordable housing challenges;

Leadership development—Infusing our current structured leadership development programs with curricula designed to identify and develop multi-ethnic affordable housing leaders;

Community-based research—Producing community based research documenting the problem and outlining community-validated solutions; and

Issue campaigns and large scale mobilization—Organizing tenants around affordable housing issue campaigns, developing strategy, identifying targets, and approaches to engage and mobilize those most impacted by policies to advocate for change.