Wage Advocacy

Direct service workers are essential to reaching our region’s housing goals.

As a coalition that represents direct service organizations, we will work to advocate for adequate wages for workers. We want to ensure that the voices of direct service workers are centered in this advocacy.

For those most affected by the housing crisis, the repercussions of direct service workers not making living wages are dysfunctional systems that undermine our goals of addressing our housing crisis.

Our region needs adequate pay for direct service workers doing the work of housing and keeping our community housed.

We want to be a platform for direct service workers and other impacted stakeholders to share their concerns and experiences around the urgent need for living wages in social services. Click below to share your voice!

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Our History

Founded in 2014, the Welcome Home Coalition was formed to address the growing housing crisis in the Portland Metro Area of Oregon. Since our founding, our network has successfully passed initiatives to ensure more people have access to quality housing. Today, we are a diverse coalition of organizations with a shared vision of our region.

Our History

2014

2015

  • Welcome Home began a campaign to pass the Yes, for Affordable Homes to allow the City of Portland to invest in affordable housing.
  • Welcome Home led advocacy 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 funds for affordable housing development.
2016

  • Portland voters passed the Yes, for Affordable Homes, measure 26-179 (City of Portland Affordable Housing Bond). The $258 million bond set out to add 1,300 housing units. As of 2022, all the original housing goals have been exceeded.
2017

  • Welcome Home led advocacy to pass the Yes, for Affordable Housing, measure 26-199 (Portland Metro Regional Affordable Housing Bond) & measure 102 (Statewide constitutional amendment), to create permanently affordable homes across Washington, Clackamas, and Multnomah counties.
2018

  • Voters passed Yes, for Affordable Housing. The $652.8 million bond has the goal to build or preserve an estimated 2,400-3,900 housing units for residents living on low incomes.
2019

  • Welcome Home Coalition members participated in the creation of the Here Together measure (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.
  • Welcome Home hired a Regional Organizer and hosted an Emerson Hunger Fellow to promote advocacy centered around listening to those who have lived experiences of housing insecurity.
2020

  • Welcome Home’s Regional Organizer began community advocacy training with a cohort of people with lived experience with homelessness.
  • Voters passed the Here Together measure.
  • Welcome Home focused its advocacy priorities on increasing funding for rent assistance and supporting state and local eviction prevention laws in response to the COVID pandemic. These efforts carried into 2021.
2021

  • Welcome Home hired a Development Associate in order to fund stipends for participants of our advocacy programming and hosted a second Emerson Hunger Fellow to research new housing policies to potentially advocate for in our region.
  • Welcome Home offered financial support to culturally specific and culturally responsive organizations to increase their community organizing capacity.
  • Welcome Home engaged with TriMet to advance a more equitable Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) strategy. As part of the Getting There Together Coalition, we advocated that TriMet commit to ensuring affordable housing development along with new transit developments.
  • The Supportive Housing Services Measure dispersed its first round of funding to social service organizations. Along with other successes, these new public funds have allowed for over 1,000 supportive housing units to be created from July through December 2021.
2022

  • Welcome Home Coalition continues to engage in the community to ensure people with lived experience of homelessness or housing instability are involved in solution creation and implementation.
  • As of May 2022, Portland Housing Bond has opened 452 new affordable units. 545 more units will open in 2022 and 493 will open in 2023.
  • As of March 2022, the Metro Housing Bond has opened 180 new affordable units with 1,092 units currently under construction.

Our Work

We use community education, research, and advocacy to advance housing policies that enable all our neighbors to succeed.

Policy Advocacy

We advocate for policies that increase the supply of affordable homes, remove barriers to housing, and enable all our neighbors to be successful in their housing outcomes.

Leadership Development

We work with people directly impacted by our region’s housing crisis to bring voices with lived experience of housing insecurity to decision making tables.


Mission and Vision

Mission

Welcome Home is a diverse coalition in the Portland metropolitan region that uses its collective resources to create healthy communities by ensuring everyone has an affordable and stable home. We use community education and collaboration, advocacy, and research to advance housing policies that enable all our neighbors to prosper.

Vision

We envision a future of housing options that meet the real needs of people in our region. We strive to eliminate inequities in race and class in housing outcomes.

History

Rents were increasing up to 30%, vacancy rates were at 2%, homeless shelters were becoming more packed, and communities of color were becoming increasingly displaced.

JOIN, Street Roots, ROSE Community Development Corporation, Housing Oregon, Community Alliance of Tenants, and the Native American Youth and Family Center decided to form a coalition to bring together the many voices concerned with the lack of funding at a time when cuts to safety net services were devastating.

The director hired, built out basic infrastructure on a shoestring budget; researched national approaches and best practices to generate revenue at the local level.

Developed leadership training and speaker’s bureau to support community members to play a key role as advocates - testify, share their story, and campaign.

Increased Portland’s TIF affordable housing set aside from 30% to 45% generating $67 million more over 10 years.

Passed $1.2 million annually in lodging taxes dedicated to Portland’ Housing Investment Fund.

Advocated for increase in City of Portland’s affordable housing budget to $64 million over the next decade.

Passed a construction excise tax in the City of Portland that will generate bringing in $8 million annually.

Conducted a public research poll that showed 62% interest in a property tax and bond to fund affordable housing.

Mobilized over 5,000 volunteers in a campaign that secured $258 million in new funds for the city of Portland.

Inform the development of a bond framework for the City of Portland Housing Bureau.

Increased Portland’s TIF affordable housing set aside from 30% to 45% generating $67 million more over 10 years.

Passed $1.2 million annually in lodging taxes dedicated to Portland’ Housing Investment Fund.

Advocated for increase in City of Portland’s affordable housing budget to $64 million over the next decade.

Passed a construction excise tax in the City of Portland that will generate bringing in $8 million annually.

Begin advocacy for Metrowide regional housing for $652 million.

Served as a key stakeholder on Yes for Affordable Housing campaign.

Our community is stronger when we work together. Join us in ensuring all our neighbors have an affordable place to call home.
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Equity in Action

Equity Statement

Welcome Home Coalition knows that people are denied access to housing resources based on their intersecting identities of race, ethnicity, language, immigrant and/or refugee status, faith, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, specific diagnosis, or identifiable issue, family structure or socioeconomic status. We are committed to pursuing policy solutions and strategies that are equitable to all in both access and outcomes. We believe that confronting our region’s housing crisis with an equity lens is critical to preserving the dignity, humanity, and uniqueness of each and every one of our neighbors. This means we create a region where the voices of those with lived experience of homelessness and/or housing instability are authentically elevated in policymaking. We believe in our collective ability to do better. Doing better starts with listening to those who have been most harmed by housing policies.


Staff and Members

Welcome Home Coalition values the unique talents and diverse perspectives of our staff and members.

Staff

Molly Hogan, Director
molly@welcomehomecoalition.org

Molly Hogan, Director
molly@welcomehomecoalition.org


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Members

We are made up of diverse organizations in Washington, Clackamas, and Multnomah Counties.

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The success of Welcome Home Coalition depends on the support and engagement of the community. Thank you for your interest in getting involved.

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    We are a diverse coalition in the Portland metropolitan region that uses its collective resources to ensure that everyone has a safe and stable place to call home. We use community education, research, and advocacy to advance housing policies that enable all our neighbors to succeed.

    Our Successes

    Our work is helping more than 5,000 families find a safe, affordable place to call home. To date, we have invested nearly $1 billon of new dollars to address the housing crisis in our region.

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    We are advocates, affordable housing developers, social service providers, culturally specific organizations, and neighbors who are building a movement for, by, and with the people most impacted by the housing crisis.

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