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Portland City Council passed resolution to put affordable housing bond measure on ballot

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The Portland City Council will be asking voters to help pay for a partial solution to the city's homeless crisis.

City Council unanimously passed a resolution to put a $258.4 million bond measure in front of voters in November. The city hopes to use the money to buy or build 1,300 new units of affordable housing. These will be homes and apartments the city would rent out to low-income residents.

The city estimates the new units would provide affordable housing for nearly 3,000 men, women, and children.

However, the 1,300 new units represent only a fraction of what the city needs. 

Right now, Portland needs about 24,000 additional units of affordable housing, and there are close to 4,000 people sleeping on the streets every night.

Those who came to speak in support of the bond measure Thursday afternoon said it's a start.

Richard Edwards, who addressed the council, said he and his family found themselves on the streets, even though he had a good job. He said he was lucky to eventually find affordable housing.

"My kids are now safe. My kids are now learning a lot in school. They don't have problems with bullying. Everything like that. We live in southwest, and really I think everybody should just come up and if we can have more places like this, for homeless people, there's still a lot out there," said Edwards.

The city estimates the bond measure would cost the average homeowner $75 a year.

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