Founded in 2014, the Welcome Home Coalition was formed out of a grassroots effort to address the growing housing crisis. Since our founding, our network has successfully passed initiatives to ensure everyone has access to quality housing. Today, we are a diverse coalition of over 60 organizations with a shared vision of our region.

2014

The Welcome Home Coalition was formed by 211info, Coalition of Communities of Color, Community Alliance of Tenants, JOIN, Housing Oregon, and Street Roots to establish new revenue in response to a growing housing crisis in our region.

2015

Welcome Home led a grassroots effort to increase the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for Affordable Housing in the City of Portland. In July 2015, the City of Portland increased the TIF from 30% to 45% - successfully increasing the available funds for affordable housing development.

2015

Welcome Home began a grassroots campaign to pass Measure 26-179 to allow the City of Portland to invest $258 million in affordable housingThe bond set out to add 1,300 housing units. As of 2022, all of the original housing goals have been exceeded.

2016

 Portland voters passed Measure 26-179.

2017

Welcome Home led grassroots advocacy to pass the Metro Housing Bond, Measure 26-199, to create permanently affordable homes across Washington, Clackamas, and Multnomah counties. The funds would build or preserve an estimated 2,400-3,900 housing units for residents living on low incomes.

2018

Voters passed Measure 26-199, generating $652.8 million in revenue.

2019/2020

Welcome Home Coalition members participated in the creation of Measure 26-210, an income tax to fund supportive housing services. The measure is expected to generate $2.5 billion over 10 years to provide housing assistance and services for people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.

2020

Voters passed Measure 26-210.