Who We Are

Portland for Everyone is a program of 1000 Friends of Oregon, the non-profit advocacy, education, and research organization dedicated to protecting and strengthening Oregon’s land use planning program.

Portland for Everyone is also a coalition of community organizations, individuals, and local businesses that support those land use policies that will help provide abundant, diverse & affordable housing options in all of Portland’s neighborhoods. Together, we urge the Portland City Council and other civic leaders to make inclusive and equitable land use and funding decisions that will:

  • Provide plenty of affordable and diverse housing options in all Portland neighborhoods
  • Prioritize housing for historically and currently under-served populations
  • Prioritize housing for humans over shelter for cars
  • Allow more people to live in areas with good access to transportation, parks, and services, and
  • Create and maintain economically diverse neighborhoods.

The organizations and individuals that comprise Portland for Everyone don’t agree on everything.  But, we do all agree on those five over-arching goals for our city. Does your organization agree, too?  Join the coalition!

Some organizations also wanted to share more about how they enter the housing & land use conversation, and what their top priorities are. Please find their statements below:





“Since 1986 Northwest Housing Alternatives (NHA) has been providing shelter and housing for people with limited incomes across Oregon who are seniors, families, Veterans, and people with disabilities. Founded in Clackamas County, we operate the Annie Ross House in Milwaukie, the only full-time family shelter in the county. We have an affordable housing portfolio of 1,850 units in 17 counties, where some 2,400 residents find housing stability and access to opportunities. Our pipeline of new developments includes 600 units at 5 different properties. Always, our guiding principles include equity, sustainability, and collaboration. We believe in a long-term commitment to housing affordability, community engagement, and stewardship of public and private investment.”   –   Northwest Housing Alternatives

Since 1969, Northwest Pilot Project (NWPP) has been creating and piloting innovative and cost effective programs that respond to low-income seniors’ unmet needs, providing housing placement assistance and other support services to very low and extremely low-income, disabled and disenfranchised seniors 55 + in Multnomah County. We support homeless seniors in getting into housing, and preventing seniors from losing housing. We provide short term rent assistance; placement assistance into emergency housing and permanent affordable housing; eviction prevention services; housing case management; comprehensive information and referral services; and transportation for medical and shopping.  The vision that guides us is that all low-income seniors have the opportunity to live in safe and affordable long-term housing.    –   NWPP

“Providing opportunities for community and business owners to rise in place is integral to DMA’s mission.  As we see the wave of gentrification move toward our East Portland service area, I-205 to city limits, Powell to Market, DMA seeks to find new resources and policies that will combat the increasing housing threats to some of our City’s most vulnerable community members.”   –   Division Midway Alliance

St Johns is a neighborhood with unique urban, spatial and socio-cultural attributes. It is one of the oldest developed areas of the city, sitting on a peninsula surrounded by water, marshes and green space, as well as bordered by the Port and heavy industry. It is a community traditionally made up of working class, blue-collar families and communities of color. Many of these families have lived here for generations. Many are homeowners, in which their home is their most valuable asset, creating financial and social stability inter-generationally. We also have a high rental population due to traditionally affordable rental apartments and homes. These communities remain a vibrant and vital part of St. Johns. Recently, the neighborhood has experienced acute and intense development pressure. This has put lower income families, and especially renters in precarious positions, creating displacement and erosion of these described communities. This is why we are supporting the work of Portland for Everyone – so that we can push the city to do better and to find solutions that protect our most vulnerable neighbors and preserve our diverse community.   –   St Johns Center for Opportunity

“ROSE was created by outer southeast Portland residents to revitalize our neighborhoods by building and rehabilitating high quality affordable housing. Since we began 25 years ago housing costs in our city have gotten completely out of control. The evidence is everywhere: homelessness is at record levels, there is a shortage of 40,000 affordable rental units and many Portlanders have given up hope of ever being able to own a home. If we work together, there can be affordable homes and healthy neighborhoods for everyone.”   –   ROSE Community Development

Depave works to create accessible greenspace close to where people live, work and play. Without inclusive housing choices, like those proposed by Portland For Everyone, Portland risks losing even more accessible, affordable housing that is served by transit, walkable/bikeable neighborhoods, and thriving greenspaces. We can promote adaptation of our existing residential housing stock to create gentle infill development opportunities! And we can do this while safeguarding urban trees and rolling back off-street parking requirements! We are proud to stand with the diverse coalition of organizations that is Portland For Everyone.      Depave

“As a statewide association of nonprofit housing and community development organizations, including 20 organizations working here in Portland, Oregon Opportunity Network (Oregon ON) knows that a stable, affordable home is the key to health and prosperity. Our members are affordable housing developers and service providers working across the continuum from homelessness to homeownership. We have decades of expertise and passionate commitment to housing opportunity. At this moment of crisis, we need the entire community to step up with increased resources, improved policy, political leadership and collective will to increase access to housing that is safe, decent, and affordable to all.”   –   Housing Oregon

“We love our neighborhood. We want anyone and everyone who wants to live in Cully to have the opportunity to do so…. We value the economic and ethnic diversity of our neighborhood. We are aware that economic forces threaten that diversity by displacing many of us. We acknowledge that people of color face higher barriers to finding housing and employment, and are particularly vulnerable to displacement. Improvements to our parks and transportation infrastructure and the growth and enhancements in our commercial areas, while needed and desirable, are making our neighborhood more attractive to developers, investors and home buyers, driving up prices and exacerbating displacement. It is our vision that improvements in Cully will benefit existing residents and encourage them to remain in the neighborhood as we also welcome and make room for new residents, including people of color, working families, and lower-income people in need of affordable housing.”   –   Excerpt from the Cully Association of Neighbors Inclusive Cully Policy

“Proud Ground is a nonprofit land trust that works to provide more hard working families permanently affordable homeownership opportunities. Those who have been shut out of the homeownership market in the past, can have an opportunity to thrive when they are able to secure an affordable home. (For example, reference the “Solving the Affordable Homeownership Gap” study we conducted on the impact of homeownership the families and the community.) However, outdated land use and zoning codes are currently adding cost and time to projects, making many projects impossible. We are missing opportunities every day to leverage subsidy resources to create more desperately needed units of housing because of restrictions on the use of land, lots and current housing stock. The changes proposed by the City of Portland takes steps down the road but given the crisis we face, we must do more. Portland for Everyone is aggressively pushing the public discussion on the importance of regaining some of the best housing design, creating smaller more efficient units and using the land available in Portland (less every day) better. We strongly support these efforts. Let’s join together to support create more housing across the spectrum before it’s too late for Portland to be the city we know and love – for everyone!”   –    Proud Ground Community Land Trust

“At People-Places-Things, we spend a lot of our time outside the city center, where Portland looks very different than the Portland that typically comes to many people’s minds. We see that Inequality, Racial and Ethnic Segregation, and Displacement are linked. We have seen in the last 5 years, that working to create integrated communities that celebrate their cultural diversity means amplifying the voices of those who don’t speak English well in front of policymakers. We already see people of color and low income folks being pushed out of the city center, and that process, if it continues unchecked, will continue to impact East Portland and the region. Although housing policy is only one factor, it’s a critical one that affects us. If we don’t ease the pressure on housing prices, the outcome will be a whiter, wealthier Portland. And that Portland doesn’t include us. We want to see Portland maintain and grow its economic, cultural, and racial diversity. We want to live in a city that recognizes that *our backyard* includes people and places that have been chronically under-served. We want to live in a Portland that has space for us.”    –    People-Places-Things 

Since it opened its doors in 1991, Portland Housing Center has helped over 7,500 families prepare for and successfully achieve first-time home ownership. In the last few years, demand for PHC’s services has grown, while housing stock affordable to first time buyers has diminished. As the gap between wages and home prices in Portland continues to widen, the down payment assistance and financial products offered by PHC will become even more vital to first time homebuyers trying to compete in Portland’s hot real estate housing market. Homebuyer assistance is important for families, allowing them to increase stability, build equity, save money, and put down roots in their communities. Homeownership is especially important for families of color, helping to address the inequality that stems from historic, long term barriers that have kept households from achieving homeownership (unequal access to mortgage credit, redlining, displacement, restrictive covenants, etc.), reduce vulnerability to displacement, and build wealth for communities. Any suite of proposed solutions to create and maintain diverse neighborhoods, reduce displacement and disparities for people of color and low-income people in Portland, needs to include strategies to increase first-time homeownership opportunities in well-connected, amenity-rich neighborhoods.   –   Portland Housing Center

“As an organization that advocates for the use of active transportation we feel that a Portland for Everyone is a city that allows people to make safe transportation choices regardless of their neighborhood. Affordable housing is a key element of creating that environment and we force housing affordability to make our transportation choices for us. Working with Portland for Everyone will ensure that all Portlanders, current and future, will have the ability to make responsible housing and transportation choices that reflect our city’s progressive values.”     Bike Walk Vote

As an architecture and design firm focused on ADUs, Missing Middle Housing, and Community projects, Propel Studio supports Portland For Everyone’s mission of advocating for diverse and affordable housing options across our city. Portland is increasingly becoming unaffordable for the average person, and our reluctance to move beyond large single-family homes is preventing the diverse communities and creative people from being able to afford to live in our city. These are the groups that have made Portland the wonderful, unique, quirky, and lovable place to live. Together, architects, planners, and community members can create a beautiful thriving city that is both affordable, sustainable, livable and yet is much more dense than what we have now. We strongly believe that density is the most sustainable form of growth and is desperately needed in all of our neighborhoods to offer affordable places for people of all backgrounds to call home while supporting the amenities that make neighborhoods vibrant and livable.    –    Propel Studio

“The HBA of Metropolitan Portland is dedicated to providing diverse housing choices for all who reside in the greater Portland area. We unite and support industry professionals, elected officials and public agencies to create an environment that can efficiently meet the diversified needs of our residents and communities.”   –   HBA of Metro Portland

“No matter their income or location, everybody should be able to make travel choices that safely and conveniently get them from their home to their school, job, and other essential destinations. For too many Portlanders, the biggest barrier to achieving this goal is the lack of affordable housing in the neighborhoods where they want to live. The Safe Routes to School Pacific Northwest Network advocates for safe walking and bicycling to and from school, and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of children and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities. A Portland that provides for abundant, diverse, and affordable housing to meet the needs of all family sizes in every neighborhood is essential.”     Safe Routes to School National Partnership

“Studio Petretti stands with Portland for Everyone to support land use decisions that will create abundant, diverse and affordable housing options for all Portlanders. Design is a part of the solution.”   –   Studio Petretti

“The community of Portland is certainly at a crossroads. Just as we have become a leading city of community and sustainability, our challenges have become greater in complexity and scale than ever. From among all of the various challenges that we have already been dealt, now we are in a pervasive crisis of affordable housing such that the very roof over the creative culture we have cultivated is now under threat. Yet, a crossroads isn’t only about negative potential. A crossroads is piazza where possibilities converge. Maybe this crisis is presenting us with a grand opportunity for reinvention! Let’s make it so.”   –   City Repair

“Oregon Walks is working to make walking a safe, convenient, and accessible transportation option for every Oregonian, regardless of which community they live in. It’s imperative that walkable communities have abundant, affordable housing stock that provides options and choices for every Portlander who wishes to live in a walkable communities, whether a student starting off at community college, a family trying to raise kids, or a senior citizen who wishes to maintain her independent living. Prioritizing building and rehabilitating housing in our existing walkable communities provides stronger neighborhoods for all, and Oregon Walks is committed to working with Portland For Everyone to ensure that sustainable, active, and healthy transportation and land use patterns are integrated into P4E’s platform.”   –   Oregon Walks

“Affordable, equitable, sustainable housing is crucial to the long-term success of our community.  Our economic prosperity, as well as our quality of life, depend on it.  Meaningful investments in housing now will help ensure a vibrant, livable Portland for all.”   –   UD+P

“The city of Portland, this unique place with its own, unique culture, now faces a great design challenge. We are mired in an intractable housing crisis that is both local and systemic. We must meet this challenge head-on in order to support the amazing culture that we have built, together. At the same time, however, many related, underlying issues impacting housing are so utterly systemic that we can’t solve these issues without changing the world. How very exciting! As we have designed the context of all of our ongoing challenges, so will all of the solutions emerge from us!”      Communitecture 

Portland’s housing crisis, fraught with rapid price inflation and a shortage of affordable units, can be addressed with a simple property tax fix:  revert to real market value assessments, then reduce the tax rate on buildings and place a  higher rate on land. This will dampen land price inflation, release more underdeveloped land for new development, and make residential property for affordable. As a permanent solution to the inequities of the tax limitations in Measures 5 and 50, such a land-weighted tax encourages infill development and supports urban growth management goals rather than rewarding speculation and sprawl. By shifting taxes from capital investment onto land and natural resources the land value tax is a fairer tax.  It has been successful in several Pennsylvania cities, and in other countries. A growing alliance of local nonprofits support Common Ground OR-WA’s efforts to bring economic justice to Oregon’s property tax policy. – Common Ground OR-WA


Coalition Staff:
Sam Diaz, Director of Community Engagement, 1000 Friends of Oregon