Our Next 20: New Perspectives on Oregon Fiscal Future and What We Can Do Now

Our Next 20: New Perspectives on Oregon Fiscal Future and What We Can Do Now

Oregon cities, counties, schools and other public services face meaningful budget shortfalls. It’s not a one-time problem. It’s the beginning of twenty years of fiscal stress.

Now is the time to open a conversation that can bring everyone to the table — because these outcomes are not inevitable. We can solve this: Together and on time.

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A NEW DEAL ON HOUSING: BUILDING TENANT WEALTH

A NEW DEAL ON HOUSING: BUILDING TENANT WEALTH

New Deal Housing is a collaboration with the New Villages Group, Ltd.

April 2016-Present We are exploring new financing and legal models to increase asset building for a generation facing massive barriers to building wealth through homeownership. We look at this crisis through the lens of wealth inequality and are actively exploring entrepreneurial ideas to build wealth for people who cannot currently access home ownership.

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CIVIC ENGAGEMENT ROUNDTABLE

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT ROUNDTABLE

March 2016 In partnership with Northwest Health Foundation and Sightline Institute, we convened groups that represent and serve communities of color, low-wealth communities, and other traditionally disenfranchised communities in late March 2016 to discuss and learn about the kinds of open democracy reforms that would do the most to increase civic participation and open doors to civic and electoral leadership in Portland. 

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BUILDING THE 21ST CENTURY MIDDLE CLASS: MINIMUM WAGE

BUILDING THE 21ST CENTURY MIDDLE CLASS: MINIMUM WAGE

Jan 2015-March 2016 Our 2015 focus was the growing share of low wage workers who could not earn enough to support themselves without a strong public safety net. In partnership with Northwest Health Foundation, we provided the data, policy analysis, and community conversation needed to develop innovative policy that responds to the realities of Oregon's economy – including costs of living, median income, and regional labor markets. 

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