Our Story

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.


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

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

Vision

We envision a future where all our neighbors have a safe and stable place to call home, and our community takes collective action to eliminate racial inequities 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 is committed to pursuing policy solutions and strategies that are equitable in both access and outcomes regardless of a person’s race, ethnicity, faith, culture, language, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or family status. We believe that confronting our region’s housing crisis with an equity lens is critical in order to preserve the dignity, humanity, and uniqueness of each and every one of our neighbors.


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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    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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