Startling statistics reveal an increasingly dire situation in Clackamas County: while the average renter here earns about $15 an hour, the wage needed to afford a two-bedroom apartment is $22 an hour; one out of four renters pays more than half of their total income in rent, while seven out of ten renters with very low incomes pay more than 50 percent for rent; since 2012 the median rent in the county has steadily increased to nearly $2,000 monthly, which is $400 more than Oregon’s average monthly rent.
By Ken Humberston
Governor Kate Brown’s recently released Housing Policy Agenda is a welcome tool in the fight for affordable housing in Clackamas County. Her focus on housing stability for children, veterans, and the chronically homeless, and increased housing supply for urban and rural communities should be welcomed in Molalla as well as Milwaukie.
This type of comprehensive approach, if funded and supported by all, will go a long way to mitigate the housing crisis currently endangering too many of our Clackamas citizens.