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February 9, 2018

Home room: Gresham tenants talk rent reform

Christopher Keizur, Portland Tribune

The two main topics discussed during the housing gathering were rent increases and no-cause evictions. Outlook Photo: Christopher Keizur.

February 9, 2018

A New Housing-Rights Movement Has the Real-Estate Industry Running Scared

Jimmy Tobias, The Nation

Voters hold signs demonstrating their support for legislation that would allow California communities to expand rent-control policies during a legislative hearing in Sacramento, California, on January 11, 2018. (AP Photo / Kathleen Ronayne)

February 6, 2018

Gresham renters concerned about rising rents, lobby city to pass renter protections

Lashay Wesley, KATU News

February 1, 2018

Small Landlord Exemption

Katrina Holland on Think Out Loud, Oregon Public Broadcasting

City Hall in downtown Portland.

City Hall in downtown Portland. Laura Klinkner/OPB

January 26, 2018

No-cause evictions imminent at North Portland apartments; tenants push back

Thacher Schmid, Street Roots News

At The Melrose apartments in Portland’s St. Johns neighborhood, residents of 40 units are facing no-cause evictions. (Photo by Diego Diaz)

January 11, 2018

Families sue landlord, argue retaliation for poor conditions

Bethany Barnes, Oregon News

The Melrose Apartments

The Melrose Apartments

January 7, 2018

Tenants sue North Portland apartment owners for unsafe conditions, retaliation

Keaton Thomas, KATU News

January 5, 2018

19 Families Sue Portland Apartment Owners After 2nd No-Cause Eviction

Amelia Templeton, OPB News

Coya Crespin with son, Titan, and daughter, Saraia, outside their apartment at Titan Manor. On Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, she and other tenants filed a lawsuit against the complex’s new owners. Phoebe Flanigan/OPB

December 10, 2017

S. Oregon renters struggle with steep hikes

Damian Mann, Mail Tribune, The Register-Guard

Monica Magdaleno leaves her apartment on Garfield Street in Ashland, Ore. Renters in Medford and surrounding Jackson County are struggling with steep and sudden rent hikes of up to 40 percent as a shortage of affordable housing worsens. (Andy Atkinson/The Medford Mail Tribune via AP)

December 8, 2017

Medford-area renters struggle with steep rent hikes

Damian Mann, Mail Tribune, The Olympian

December 1, 2017

Portland’s rental housing commission launches

Amanda Waldroupe, Street Roots News

Portland City Hall

November 26, 2017

Opinion: Relocation Assistance in Portland

Dom Belcastro, The Bridge

November 13, 2017

Council moves cottage housing ordinance forward

Tran Nguyen, Ashland Daily Tidings

October 29, 2017

Housing expert: Portland problems ‘on steroids’

Peter Wong, Portland Tribune

October 27, 2017

Tenants’ advocate: Housing is a civil right

Peter Wong, Portland Tribune

October 20, 2017

Preparing for MAX line, SW Portland tries to get ahead of gentrification

Amanda Waldroupe, Street Roots News

A MAX train arrives at the Albina/Mississippi station on TriMet’s Yellow Line. With a new MAX line proposed for Portland’s Southwest Corridor, planners hope to avoid the gentrification and mass displacement the construction of the Yellow Line caused in North Portland. (Photo by Tim Adams/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0)

September 28, 2017

Burgerville Workers Union, Community Alliance of Tenants Picket Burgerville; Link Struggles Against Low Wages and Out of Control Rents

Pete Shaw, Portland Occupier

Pete Shaw / Portland Occupier

August 11, 2017

Hunger in America: ‘When your eldest child skips meals, it’s no way to live’

Chris McGreal, The Guardian

Amy Knight poses with her 10-year-old daughter, Sage Gillis. Photograph: Leah Nash for the Guardian

August 6, 2017

Tackling a Crisis

James Day, Corvallis Gazette-Times

Andy Cripe, Mid-Valley Sunday

July 12, 2017

City Council Just Closed a Loophole in Portland’s New Renter Protection Law – But Questions Remain

Dirk VanderHart, Portland Mercury

June 12, 2017

Housing Costs in Central Oregon Continue to Rise, Putting Families Who Rent at Risk

My Central Oregon

June 3, 2017

Lawmakers must stand up for tenants and pass HB2004

Katrina Holland, Portland Tribune

May 31, 2017

A Proposal to Allow Rent Control in Oregon is Probably Dead

Dirk VanderHart, Portland Mercury


May 24, 2017

What It’s Like To Be Evicted, and Not Know Why

Rachel Monahan, Willamette Week

April 30, 2017

Eugene legislative town hall considers solutions to Oregon’s housing crisis

KVAL Oregon

April 18, 2017

Rental housing conflict simmering

Chuck Slothower, DJC Oregon

April 4, 2017

Oregon House OKs ban on most no-cause evictions

Elliot Njus, Oregonian

March 30, 2017

Renter protections, including rent control, get OK from House panel


March 2, 2017

Oregon Lawmakers Hear From Central Oregon Renters and Community Leaders

February 28, 2017

At the Oregon Legislature: A Robust Labor Agenda

Northwest Labor Press

February 28, 2017

No-Fault Termination Notices At Portland’s Titan Manor Rescinded – For Now

Phoebe Flanigan, OPB News

Coya Crespin with daughter, Saraia, and son, Titan. Amelia Templeton/OPB

February 26, 2017

Oregon’s Complicated History With Rent Control

Phoebe Flanigan, OPB News

Dung Ho returns messages left for our renters’ rights hotline. Phoebe Flanigan/OPB

February 12, 2017

Meet the Wealthy Investors Buying Cheap Portland Apartment Buildings

Amelia Templeton, OPB News

Twenty-five children live at the Normandy apartment complex in Portland’s Cully neighborhood where a new landlord has issued 100 percent rent increases. Amelia Templeton/OPB

February 2, 2017

Portland is 4th fastest gentrifying US city, says 

Homes & Gardens of the Northwest staff, Oregonian

“Gentrification in Portland is not a new phenomenon,” says Katrina Holland, executive director of Community Alliance of Tenants in Portland. “Since the 1960s and ’70s, there has been serial displacement of the African-American community. Now it’s the first time that white, middle-class families are also being priced out.”

January 29, 2017

No cause evictions hit the end of the line

Samantha Swindler, Oregonian

January 26, 2017

Affordable home backers lay out lobbying plans

Jim Redden, Portland Tribune

Affordable housing, like the new complex in East Portland, is an issue that will be at the forefront of conversations both here in Portland and at the 2017 Oregon Legislature. Jonathan House/Portland Tribune

January 26, 2017

North Portland Apartment Building With 59 Public-School Students Has Begun Issuing “No Cause” Evictions

Rachel Monahan, Willamette Week

January 25, 2017

Northeast Portland families face tough choice after new owner more than doubles their rent

Jessica Floum, Oregonian

January 11, 2017

Eviction Wars: After the Landlord-Tenant Coalition Split Up, the “No Cause” Fight Heads to Salem

Doug Brown, Portland Mercury

January 8, 2017

Taking the measure of Bend rental vacancies

Stephen Hamway, Bend Bulletin

January 4, 2017

Rental Housing: A Crisis Becomes a Disaster

Don MacGillivraySoutheast Examiner

November 28, 2016

Remembering Justin Buri: A life committed to human rights

Kari Lyons, Street Roots News

November 10, 2016

Flip or Flop: Tarek and Christina seminars under fire for alleged deception


November 4, 2016

Housing advocate Justin Buri dies at 36


November 3, 2016

Justin Buri, 36, Former Executive Director of Community Alliance of Tenant, Died Tuesday

Rachel Monahan, Willamette Week

November 4, 2016

A Memory of Justin Buri

Pete Shaw, Portland Occupier

Pete Shaw/Portland Occupier

October 26, 2016

Bend renters are generally on their own if landlords break the law: there is no agency in charge of enforcing landlord-tenant law

Marina Starleaf Riker, Bend Bulletin

 October 9, 2016

Bend renters have little help with tenant problems

Marina Starleaf Riker, Bend Bulletin

Beth Majors washes dishes in the kitchen at the home she rents on Thursday in Bend. The family has been evicted from the home and is looking for another rental. Majors has a Section 8 housing voucher but hasn’t been able to use it. “We’re literally living out of boxes right now,” Majors said. (Joe Kline / Bend Bulletin)

October 7, 2016

Portland woman facing eviction loses the roof over her head – literally

Lauren Dake, The Guardian

Portland’s real-estate market boom has caused skyrocketing rents, low vacancy rates and displacement of the city’s most vulnerable residents. Photograph: Alamy

October 6, 2016

As housing costs escalate, solutions are sought

Chuck Slothower, DJC Oregon

Mary Gullickson is a renter in the Kenton neighborhood who is being forced to move because of a 19 percent rent increase. Oregon Democrats are looking to help renters like Gullickson with a legislative push in the 2017 session to lift a statewide ban on rent control and provide new protections to those facing eviction. (Sam Tenney/DJC)

September 22, 2016

Renters rally in Salem over massive rent increases

Jonathan Hendricks, KPTV, Fox 12 Oregon


September 22, 2016

Low-rent apartments in Tigard kicking residents out

Mark Miller, Portland Tribune

Tigardville Apartments resident Chris Mckenzie has been fighting the mass termination of tenants’ leases at the complex. Jonathan Horse/Times Photo

September 21, 2016

Through the “Eviction Mill”: As the Housing Crisis Worsens, Landlords Have a Friend in the County Court

Thacher Schmid, Portland Mercury

September 13, 2016

Kotek pushes for statewide cap on rent hikes, end to ‘no-cause’ evictions

Dana Tims, Oregonian

September 8, 2016

East Portland Tenants Are Shaming Their Rent-Hiking Landlord in Front of His Neighbors

Dirk VanderHart, Portland Mercury

May 26, 2016

Mold Takes Hold: Family finds nowhere to turn

Rick Mark, Lincoln City News Guard

Joaquin and Stephanie Waldroop, holding Lura, 2. Rick Mark/News Guard

May 25, 2016

What It’s Like to be Evicted, and Not Know Why

Rachel Monahan, Willamette Week

May 17, 2016

Can Portland Avoid San Francisco’s Mistakes?

Alana Semuels, The Atlantic

Sold homes are seen in the southwest area of Portland, Oregon March 20, 2014. Would-be buyers risk being crowded out by the run-up in home prices and mortgage rates over the past year. Home values nationwide were up 12 percent in January from the same month last year, according to data firm CoreLogic, while mortgage rates have jumped about a full percentage point. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola

 April 20, 2016

Portland Housing Push Spares Low-Density Islands. Should It?

Beth Slovic, Willamette Week

April 20, 2016

Gentrification Spotlight: How Portland is Pushing Out Its Black Residents (Part 2)

Abigail Savitch-Lew, Colorlines

Portland native and community activist Marih Alyn-Claire at the apartment she was forced to leave after a rent hike Photo: Abigail Savitch-Lew

April 18, 2016

Gentrification Spotlight: How Portland is Pushing Out Its Black Residents

Abigail Savitch-Lew, Colorlines

Anti-gentrification graffiti in Portland, Oregon. Tony Webster/Flickr

April 16, 2016

Looking for a new home in the red-hot Portland market? What you need to know

Luke Hammill, Oregonian

Wilsonville has quietly become one of the hottest development spots in the metro area in recent years for single-family homes. Most of the activity has happened in the Villebois area, the former site of Dammasch State Hospital slated to eventually have nearly 2,700 new homes. Villebois, which covers nearly 500 acres and was built with urban renewal dollars, is over halfway there now. Luke Hammill/Staff

April 13, 2016

Should Oregon Implement Limits On How Much Rent Can Be Raised?

Dave Blanchard, Sage Van Wing, and Scott Greenstone, OPB News

Listen to “Should Oregon Implement Limits On How Much Rent Can Be Raised?” on Spreaker.

April 7, 2016

Activists Demanding New Rent Controls Shut Down a Multnomah County Commission

Dirk VanderHart, Portland Mercury

April 1, 2016

Gov. Brown signs rental protection, says work isn’t done

KOIN 6 Staff, Koin 6

March 1, 2016

Watered-down housing deal may end up more symbolic than effective, observers say

Luke Hammill, Oregonian 

Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick, D-Portland, and Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, talk during a floor session on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. Denis C. Theriault/staff

February 11, 2016

Soaring rents in Portland lead to more evictions and homelessness

Melanie Sevcenko, The Guardian

Portland Oregon homesless housing

A woman tries to shelter from a blizzard in Portland, Oregon on 6 February, 2014. Photograph: Alex Milan Tracy/Demotix/Corbis

February 4, 2016

Portland Doesn’t Want To Be Your ‘Next Big City’

Suzy Strutner, Huffington Post

Snow-covered Mt. Hood looms over buildings in downtown Portland, Oregon. Bob Pool via Getty Images.

January 28, 2016

The end of the Joyce Hotel: Where will the homeless go?

Joanne Zuhl, Street Roots News

The Joyce Hotel in Portland (Street Roots photo)

January 20, 2016

Could a Rent Strike Work in Portland?

Shelby R. King, Portland Mercury

December 15, 2015

Dedicate AirBNB lodging taxes for housing but better data is needed: Editorial Agenda 2015

The Oregonian Editorial Board

December 1, 2015

PERS invested in Market-Bending Wall Street Landlord

Lee van der Voo, Investigate West

December 1, 2015

Stars of HGTV house-flipping series cancel events in Portland after angry residents claim seminars will only worsen the city’s rental crisis

Daily Mail

November 24, 2015

Home flipping seminar draws backlash during rental crisis

Simon Gutierrez, Fox 12 Oregon


November 23, 2015

Is hip Portland over? How the rent crisis is displacing the city’s creative soul

Jason Wilson, The Guardian

keep portland weird

‘It’s already so different in so many ways. Everyone we know has been recently pushed out of their homes.’ Photograph: Ian Patrick/Alamy

November 13, 2015

New Portland rental rules now in effect

KOIN 6 News Staff, Koin 6

October 21, 2015

The Key Players on Affordable Housing in Portland

Lee van der Voo, Investigate West

Housing activists at a Community Alliance of Tenants press conference in Portland earlier this fall. Lee van der Voo / Investigate West

October 16, 2015

Portland’s 90-day notice rule has renters’ and landlords’ attention

Andrew Then, Oregonian

October 15, 2015

Portland’s rents are driving out the artists who made it cool

Gosnia Wozniacka, Los Angeles Times

Steven Olsen and his wife, Nola, are moving back to Missouri after struggling to stay in Portland, Ore., and raise their children, Aubrielle, 1, and Marcus, 3. (Don Ryan / Associated Press)

October 8, 2015

Hold on to Your Seats and Watch Portland City Council Get the Whatfor During a Hearing to Declare a Housing State of Emergency

Shelby R. King, Portland Mercury

October 7, 2015

Portland approves housing emergency plan, what comes next is unclear

Andrew Then, Oregonian

October 7, 2015

Portland City Council Declares A Housing Emergency

Kristian Foden-Vencil, OPB News

Portland City Council

Portland City Council, Michael Clapp/OPB

October 1, 2015

A Benchmark of Housing Affordability Solutions for Portland

Lee Van Der Voo, Investigate West

Leah Nash for Investigate West

October 1, 2015

Airbnb is Making Portland’s Rental Market Even Tighter

Shelby R. King, Portland Mercury

Jeff Sheridan

September 24, 2015

Keep Portland renters in their homes; it’s an emergency: A decisive response from City Council is urgently needed

Katrina Holland and Justin Buri, Street Roots News

September 15, 2015

Portland rentals: ‘Greed overcoming neighborhoods’

Kohr Harlan and KOIN 6 News Staff, KOIN 6

September 15, 2015

Towne Storage sold, artists need to move: The Community Alliance of Tenants call the Portland rental market a renters state of emergency

Amy Frazier and KOIN 6 News Staff, KOIN 6

The Towne Storage Building on Portland’s central east side, Sept. 15, 2015 (KOIN)

September 15, 2015

Hotseat: Kim-Mai Cutler – A San Francisco reporter talks about the rental dystopia Portland hopes to avoid

Aaron Mesh, Willamette Week

APPLE CRUNCH: Kim-Mai Cutler grew up in Cupertino, Calif., now home to Apple. She says the region is at times “totally dystopian.”

September 14, 2015

Evicted: Towne Storage Building Tenants are Getting the Boot Under New Ownership

Shelby R. King, Portland Mercury

September 9, 2015

A Summer of Evictions: Portland Renters Are in a State of Emergency

Shelby R. King, Portland Mercury

July 1, 2015

No Cause for Alarm: Your Landlord Doesn’t Need a Reason to Evict You. Advocates Want that to Change.

Shelby R. King, Portland Mercury

June 24, 2015

Panel starts adding anti-gentrification planks in Portland comprehensive plan

Steve Law, Portland Tribune

June 22, 2015

Eviction education, in a comic book form

Jared Paben, Street Roots News

The comic book, called “Know Your Rights: Don’t Get Evicted,” aims to deliver important renters’ rights information in a fun and accessible format. The book is produced by Portland-based organizations Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) and Know Your City. (Illustration from book; Artwork by Becky Hawkins)

June 18, 2015

11-point plan strives to slow gentrification

Steve Law, Portland Tribune

June 10, 2015

Pay Up or Get Out: Uncapped rent increases are displacing Portland’s most vulnerable 

Shelby R. King, Portland Mercury

April 23, 2015

Buying a new home? Cash is king

Lee van der Voo, Portland Tribune


April 17, 2015

How cash sent the Portland home market spinning

Lee Van Der Voo and James Gordon, Investigate West

Julieth Buri waters flowers in front of the Portland house she and her husband, Justin, bought in 2014.

April 9, 2015

Rockwood apartment managers push out unwanted elements

Jodi Weinberger, Portland Tribune

The Grant View Court apartment complex is in the midst of turnaround. Adam Wickham.

March 30, 2015

Tenant Rights Organization Releases Eviction Comic

Arashi Young, The Skanner News

February 23, 2015

Vancouver eyes affordable housing remedies

Scott Hewitt, The Columbian

Kelly Britt, 56, is facing an end-of-February deadline to move himself, his wife and their two daughters out of the Courtyard Village Apartments, where renovations are now underway. The disabled military veteran has a housing voucher — but since rents are rising all over town, he said, he’s not feeling optimistic.

August 21, 2014

Maintenance issues? They could result in lower rent

Chris Holmstrom and KOIN 6 News Staff, KOIN 6

April 16, 2014

Tough apartment market persists for renters, but forecasters see turnaround

Elliot Njus, Oregonian

the parker block 17 pearl district

The Parker apartments (at back) are nearing completion in the Pearl District and will bring 177 apartments to the market later this year. Work is just beginning on an as-yet-unnamed apartment project on the Pearl District’s Block 17, which is expected to deliver 281 apartments in 2015. (Elliot Njus/The Oregonian)

April 14, 2014

Tenants say management ignored their concerns

Jessica Morkert, KOIN 6

March 25, 2014

The Great Race: This Spring, votes will choose between two seasoned politicos who want to rehab Multnomah County’s scandal-plagued brand

Nigel Jaquiss, Willamette Week

January 28, 2014

2014 landlord-tenant law changes are on their way

Justin Buri, Street Roots News

June 13, 2013

Housing advocates, landlords go to the wire on Section 8 bill

Amanda Waldroupe, Street Roots News

December 27, 2012

New federal guidelines for low-income housing cut out explicit tenant protections regarding bed bugs

Amanda Waldroupe, Street Roots News

August 25, 2012

In tight rental market, no-cause evictions pack extra punch

Elliot Njus, Oregonian

January 20, 2011

Slumlord’s Revenge: When it Rains Inside, Is it Okay to Stop Paying Rent?

Sarah Mirk, Portland Mercury

July 25, 2010

Long wait for refund troubles ex-tenant

Laura Gunderson, Oregonian

July 15, 2009

Oregon Tops National Homelessness Tally

Chris Thomas, Salem News

December 18, 2008

Cracking down on substandard rentals

Carrie Hoover, Oregonian

January 15, 2007

Errors led to evictions

Nick Budnick, Portland Tribune

Jim Clark for the Portland Tribune