There are no solutions to gentrification, but there are things that can help address the problems it creates. Community land trusts, new renter protection, and non-taxpayer funded affordable housing are all ideas being advanced in Portland. Those efforts and other ideas could use your involvement. The important thing is for citizens to get engaged. Write and call local, state, and federal lawmakers and voice your concerns. Vote for people who promise to do something, and vote out do-nothings and obstructionists. Reach out to friends with a different opinion and convince them we need to make a change. Contact the organizations below and ask them how you can help.
Portland Tenants United
Grassroots activist leading street protests for reform to tenant/landlord regulation.
PDX Tenants United on Facebook
Groups and projects working to revitalize Albina's black community
Soul District (business revitalization), Right to Return (housing preference), Self Enhancement Inc. (emerging black community center), The People's Plan (Portland African American Leadership Forum).
Community Alliance of Tenants
Tenant advocate, assistance organization
Oregoncat.org 2710 NE 14th Ave. Portland, OR 97212 503-288-0130
Portland Housing Center
Assistance programs and counseling for modest income home buyers
PortlandHousingCenter.org 3233 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232 503-282-7744
Fair Housing Council of Oregon
Housing discrimination watchdog
Fhco.org 1221 SW Yamhill St. #305 Portland, OR 97205 503-223-8197
Statewide coalition of subsidized housing providers
housingoregon.org 1207 SW Broadway, #400 Portland, OR 97205 503-223-4041
Urban League of Portland
African American services and advocates
Ulpdx.org 10 N Russell St. Portland OR 97227 503-280-2600
Coalition of Communities of Color
Advocates for racial and ethnic minority groups
Coalitioncommunitiescolor.org 221 NW 2nd Ave. #303 Portland, OR 97209 503-200-5722
Oregon Housing Alliance
Housing advocates with a legislative agenda
OregonHousingAlliance.org 10520 NE Weidler St, Portland, OR 97220 503.226.3001 x110
Find you legislator HERE and tell them what you think.