We met with Karen Rockwell speaking in her role as a member of the Governor’s Housing Production Advisory Council. She shared with us information on the Governor’s Executive Order 23-04, the goal of which is a to add 36,000 homes to the market for each of the next 10 years. We discussed how this could affect Corvallis.
Rockwell also shared information on HR 2980 which, if passed, would incentivize builders by partially funding System Development Charges (SDCs), providing dollars for land acquisition and creating a fund for the development of workforce housing.
As liaison with the NAACP Housing committee, I heard a presentation on the rights of renters by Mel Keller from the Fair Housing Council of Oregon. I also established a connection with NAACP Housing Committee member Ty Anderson-Hubler from the Linn, Benton, Lincoln Health Equity Alliance. We plan to invite her to a future meeting.
The Committee recommended to the Board that information on the League’s website be in Spanish. The Board approved the idea, adding that there may be other languages that should also be represented. The new translate feature on the website (upper right corner) translates the pages into ten different languages. And a new Accessibility Menu has been added to make the website accessible to more people (see stick figure in blue circle on upper right side of website).
Penny York updated us on the holiday gift bag project. In order to learn more about the needs of our unhoused population, Committee member Roberta Smith met with staff and volunteers at the Corvallis Day Time Drop-In Center. She learned some of the greatest needs at this time of year are ponchos, warm gloves and hats.