Mobile Menu - OpenMobile Menu - Closed

Housing

Affordable housing

Stable housing is critical to rebuilding and strengthening our communities and to our economic recovery. Accordingly, I have voted for, and advocated on behalf of, full funding for these important programs: 
  • The HOME program, which is used by states and local governments to assist low-income families with affordable housing,
  • Neighborworks America, which has been a leader in affordable housing and community development since 1978,
  • The Fair Housing Initiatives Program, which plays a crucial role in educating communities on the housing industry, and enforcing housing discrimination laws.
  • Community Development Block Grants, the linchpin in the federal government’s commitment to help cities, counties, and states meet the needs of low- and middle-income residents and communities.
As a member of the Congressional Caucus on Homelessness, I will continue to work to address the lack of access to affordable housing, and will continue fighting for the fair treatment of homeowners and renters. 
 

Mortgages and Foreclosure

If you are facing foreclosure, please visit www.MakingHomeAffordable.gov or call my Oregon Office at (503) 469-6010. Be wary of foreclosure consultants who make promises and make sure that any housing counselor you work with is HUD certified.  More information is available at www.oregonhomeownersupport.gov.

The foreclosure crisis has caused devastation for many Oregonians. Too many families are underwater on their mortgages and many people, including families with children, have lost their homes. I am carefully monitoring the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, as well as the work of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), to ensure that strong regulations prevent another financial crisis.   

The economy won’t fully recover until the housing market is vital again. We need to explore policies that will help homeowners stay in their homes while the economy is recovering. I am committed to working with my colleagues in Congress and with advocates and the industry to address this important issue. I have joined with many of my colleagues in calling on the Acting Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency to reconsider his decision that prohibits Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from reducing the principal owed on underwater mortgages. With so many mortgages underwater, this change could an immediate and constructive role in restoring confidence in the housing market.

Additionally I am supporting legislation to extend the availability of USDA home loans in rural communities. The USDA program has helped with homeownership in rural towns across the country and in Oregon for years, and communities that have qualified for the program in the past should be able to continue to participate if they have maintained rural characteristics.

 

More on Housing

July 26, 2019 In The News

A celebration to recognize those involved with helping establish a 16-unit affordable housing apartment complex in St. Helens was hosted last week.

On Friday, July 19, a grand opening ceremony was held at the 18th Street Development, a recently completed affordable housing apartment complex — already fully occupied — as a way to honor those involved that made the project possible.

July 19, 2019 In The News

A grand opening event to celebrate the completion of a 16-unit affordable housing project in St. Helens will take place at the complex this Friday.

The recently completed 18th Street Development, which sits adjacent to the Community Action Team building on 17th Street, features more than a dozen 400-square-foot apartments to rent for those who are low-income, or at risk of homelessness.

July 16, 2019 In The News

House lawmakers weighed efforts to combat youth homelessness and pushed for more federal funding to address the issue at a hearing on Tuesday before the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services.

The hearing, which focused on the difficulties faced by homeless youth and those in their communities working to address their needs, highlighted the bipartisan support for tackling those challenges.

June 28, 2019 In The News

Clatsop County’s housing crisis reverberates all the way to the halls of Congress.

This spring, U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici addressed a roomful of local leaders to crack the code of the South County’s ongoing housing crisis, one which sees a dearth of affordable workforce housing — a problem hindering economic development, leading to a rise in homelessness and higher housing costs for everyone.

May 10, 2019 In The News

Finding solutions to address affordable housing — not only in Columbia County but across the state and country — is complex and multifaceted.

That was the major outcome from a discussion between Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici and a group of community leaders who met Monday, May 6, in St. Helens to discuss the intricacies, challenges and possible innovative solutions to the affordable housing crisis.

May 7, 2019 In The News

St. Helens city leaders are reviewing a series of steps toward solutions to the city’s housing needs.

On May 1, the St. Helens City Council held a public forum to discuss the current results of the Housing Needs Analysis, an ongoing project that began in October of 2018 to address current affordable housing shortages in St. Helens.

Congressional review

April 17, 2019 In The News

How can the federal government help ease the North Coast’s housing crunch?

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici came to Seaside Tuesday, April 16, as part of a series of visits along the Coast. The goal was to crack the code of the South County’s ongoing housing crisis, one which sees a dearth of affordable workforce housing — a problem hindering economic development, leading to a rise in homelessness and higher housing costs.

November 12, 2018 In The News

As winter winds bear down on Portland's homeless, hi-tech workers are handing out an old-school solution: kits packed with emergency supplies.

Social service nonprofit Impact NW mustered about 80 volunteers to distribute some 500 "ImpactKits" to neighbors without a home in Old Town/Chinatown on Monday, Nov. 12.

August 24, 2018 In The News

Verda Heilman realized she was kicking herself out of her own home when she voted with other members of the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority Board this year to sell a former boarding house in Uniontown to a nonprofit that plans homeless outreach.

Heilman was the last of the building’s residents to find a place to live after the sale was finalized. But, she said in July even as she struggled to find a new home, “It’s going to a good project. … As much as I didn’t want to move, it’s for the best of the community.”