Here’s who to call. A short voicemail is fine – what matters is that they know someone cared enough to call. Call as many of them as you feel like.
Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty: 503-823-4151
Mayor Ted Wheeler: 503-823-4120
Commissioner Nick Fish: 503-823-3589
Commissioner Chloe Eudaly: 503-823-4682
Here’s an idea of some things to say (but say whatever you feel, of course):
- Portland’s current zoning laws are harming the city every day. Re-legalizing duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes will shift market-rate construction in low-density areas away from luxury McMansions and toward middle housing that’s affordable to the middle class from day one.
- Legalizing fourplexes makes every dollar of funding for below-market housing go further. That’s why it’s backed by nonprofit developers like Habitat for Humanity, PCRI and Hacienda CDC.
- The city has many options for further improving the residential infill project, but they can only be accomplished by council. It’s time for the council to get directly involved.
Also, feel free to briefly tell your own housing story. And be sure to be polite and thank them for their time.
And thank you! If you’d like, spread the word.