There are no easy 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 to reform tenant/landlord regulations

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. (black community center), The People's Plan (Portland African American Leadership Forum), P-Town Media (promoting black Portland), PDX People of Color-Owned Food Directory and Minority Owned Business Directory (support them).

Community Alliance of Tenants

Tenant advocate, assistance organization              2710 NE 14th Ave.                                            Portland, OR 97212                503-288-0130


Portland Housing Center

Assistance programs and counseling for modest-income homebuyers   3233 NE Sandy Blvd.                                  Portland, OR 97232                 503-282-7744


Fair Housing Council of Oregon

Housing discrimination watchdog                        1221 SW Yamhill St., #305                               Portland, OR 97205                503-223-8197


Housing Oregon

Statewide coalition of subsidized housing providers                 1207 SW Broadway, #400                        Portland, OR 97205                503-223-4041


Urban League of Portland

African American services and advocates                               10 N Russell St.                                      Portland OR 97227                 503-280-2600


Coalition of Communities of Color

Advocates for racial and ethnic minority groups    221 NW 2nd Ave., #303                        Portland, OR 97209                 503-200-5722


Oregon Housing Alliance

Housing advocates with a legislative agenda    10520 NE Weidler St.                           Portland, OR 97220                 503.226.3001 x110


Find your legislator HERE and tell them what you think.