A group of Oregon-based organizations is announcing the formation of a coalition to advance the rapid adoption of zero energy building standards in the state of Oregon. A zero energy home or commercial building generates as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year through renewable resources. The founding members of the Oregon Zero Energy Buildings Coalition are Earth Advantage, Climate Solutions, New Buildings Institute, NW Energy Coalition, International Living Future Institute, and the Zero Energy Project.
H.R. 699, the “Mount Hood Cooper Spur Land Exchange Clarification Act,” sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) passed on suspension by a vote of 415-1. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement
Housing Works is excited to announce the funding of Ochoco Elementary School apartments, a repurposing of Ochoco School into multifamily housing in Prineville. The project involves the conversion of the 70-year-old Ochoco Elementary School into 29 affordable apartments. The property is located at the junction of Highways 26 and 126.
U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announced that provisions to help fulfill long-unmet housing obligations to tribes along the Columbia River have passed the full U.S. Senate as part of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA)
Nonprofit developer BRIDGE Housing is pursuing a Gold-level LEED for Homes certification for The Abigail, a newly constructed property at 1650 NW 13th Avenue that offers 155 apartments, including 128 with affordable rents for low-income households. The Abigail will celebrate its grand opening on Friday, Sept. 16.
Representative Peter DeFazio today announced nearly a million dollars in new funding has been awarded to combat veteran homelessness across southwestern Oregon. The VA has awarded $985,293 in grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program to help low-income veteran families avoid homelessness
Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded over $4.7 million in grant funding for homeless veterans in Oregon. The funding comes from the Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) program and will be distributed to organizations across the state.
Oregon Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Vietnamese Neighbors and Interfering with their Housing Rights
John Blayne Vangastel, 37, of Klamath Falls, Oregon, pleaded guilty today in the District of Oregon to one count of using threats of force to injure, intimidate and interfere with his neighbors in the enjoyment of their housing rights because they are a family of Vietnamese descent.
Bipartisan Group Of Current And Former Senators And House Members Argue In Amicus Brief That Clean Power Plan Is A Pragmatic Solution To Address The Largest Source Of Carbon Pollution In America
Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley completed his Oregon Affordable Housing Tour today after stops in Portland, Medford and Eugene this week. Merkley held roundtable discussions in each city with local and state advocates about what the federal government can do to help address the housing crisis that is gripping the entire state. Additionally, Merkley heard directly from Oregonians who have been affected by rising rental prices, lack of available housing and skyrocketing housing prices
Wendy Serrano, a Field Representative for Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s office, has been appointed to the board of commissioners. She holds a City of Portland seat on the nine-member citizen commission.
MERKLEY APPLAUDS OREGON LEGISLATURE’S PASSAGE OF BILL TO END COAL ELECTRICITY, BOOST RENEWABLE ENERGY...
Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after the Oregon State Senate passed landmark legislation to end the usage of coal-powered electricity in the state and to increase the percentage of the state’s electricity generated from renewable power sources to 50% by 2040. The legislation, which was previously passed by the Oregon House of Representatives, will now go to the Governor to be signed into law
American wind power hailed Oregon’s bipartisan decision to raise the state renewable energy law to 50 percent renewables by 2040. The new state law doubles Oregon’s access to renewable energy, putting the state on the path to cut costs, keep the lights on, and create cleaner air
MERKLEY STATEMENT ON AGREEMENT TO HELP REBUILD FLINT AND OTHER CRUMBLING WATER INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEMS
Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after Senate leaders, including Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, announced an agreement to move forward on a package of emergency funding to help Flint, Michigan with its water crisis and to help other cities across the country avert similar crises by investing in repairs and replacements for crumbling water infrastructure.