Cully Housing Action Team Recognized for Work on Successful Yes for Affordable Homes Campaign!
The Cully Housing Action Team (CHAT!) organized 129 volunteers to knock on doors and do outreach at community events in order to help pass Portland’s first-ever affordable housing bond, measure 26-179. Between July and election day in November, CHAT organized 7 canvasses and 9 outreach events. We knocked on over 1300 doors in Cully! The work paid off, as the ballot measure passed with over 60% voter support citywide. All three of Cully’s precincts supported the measure, which will create a $250 million affordable housing fund for Portland.
CHAT member Manuela Interian, who volunteered with her sons to knock on doors for the campaign, was an invited speaker at the Yes for Affordable Homes election night party. “I am so glad we had the opportunity to knock on doors and to involve our youth in learning about these important issues and encourage them to get involved,” Manuela told the crowd. “I have the opportunity to live in affordable housing at Hacienda CDC, and I want other families to have that opportunity as well!”
The Welcome Home Coalition, which includes 140 member organizations, honored CHAT and other committed volunteers with a piñata at a thank you event at the Portland Mercado on December 6th.
At its December monthly meeting, CHAT announced a new campaign area focused on renters’ rights. This campaign will push for lifting the statewide ban on rent control and putting an end to no cause evictions, while at the same time supporting neighbors in Cully that face the threat of being displaced. CHAT will take a break from meeting in January and will reconvene on February 7th.
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Members of CHAT at the Portland Mercado receive their Pinata recognizing their hard work on the campaign.