Residents Organizing for Change (ROC) is a statewide network of residents of affordable housing, those in need of, and front-line staff of affordable housing providers that are committed to advocating for safe, stable, and affordable housing for all Oregonians.
Every year, ROC considers and adopts advocacy priorities through our Steering Committee, and meetings with ROC members.
In 2022, we’re advocating for these priorities:
Screening Fees (HB 4125): People who rent their homes face many barriers when trying to rent new apartment homes for themselves and their families. They will have pay a new fee for each adult in the household with each application. While the law requires landlords to return fees for applicants they do not screen, tenants may not know their rights. HB 4125 would create more transparency and strengthen requirements related to returning a screening fee.
City and County Homeless Services Pilots (HB 4123): This proposal would create and fund 8 pilot sites across Oregon to support cities and a county to work together to address homelessness. Currently, many local jurisdictions lack the staff capacity needed to address homelessness. This funding would require cities and counties to work together to increase coordination, integrate racial equity into their planning, and continue the work after the pilot was concluded.
Right to Cooling (SB 1536, HB 4058): The impacts of climate change in Oregon and globally are continuing to accelerate. Over the past year, parts of Oregon has been impacted by extreme heat, flooding, extreme cold, and ice. During the extreme heat events over the summer of 2021, over sixty people died due to heat exposure, including renters with low incomes. BIPOC communities and low income communities will be disproportionately impacted by the continuing negative impact of climate change, and solutions are needed. This concept provides resources for cooling including air conditioners and ductless heat pumps for people with low incomes; requires that landlords allow tenants to install either window or portable air conditioners or provide cooled spaces for tenants, with certain regulations.
Equity Investment Act (SB 1579): The Equity Investment Act would create an Economic Equity Investment Program to award grants to provide culturally responsive services to support economic stability, self-sufficiency, wealth building, and economic equity among individuals and families of color, businesses owned by, and communities of color. The Act requests $50 million in general fund.
Manufactured Home Park Omnibus Technical Changes (HB 4064): This bill makes a range of technical changes to manufactured home park laws to protect residents of parks returning after the wildfires of 2020. Importantly, it would prevent landlords from charging returning residents for park infrastructure.
Governor Brown’s $400 million Housing investment package (Budget Request): In 2022, Governor Brown and OHCS are proposing a package of investments for consideration by the 2022 Legislature. These investments will focus on critical needs and programs, including increasing our supply of new affordable housing, investments in maintaining existing affordable housing, and more.
In 2021, we adopted our first legislative agenda. View the results of our advocacy.