Gov. Brown touts affordable Hillsboro apartments

Oregon governor holds project as affordable housing model

The Orchards Apartments at Orenco Station in Hillsboro, March 10, 2016 (KOIN)
The Orchards Apartments at Orenco Station in Hillsboro, March 10, 2016 (KOIN)

HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN) — In an effort to showcase a model project for affordable housing, Gov. Kate Brown was at a Hillsboro apartment complex Thursday morning.

Gov. Kate Brown at a school in Hillsboro, March 10, 2016 (KOIN)
Gov. Kate Brown at a school in Hillsboro, March 10, 2016 (KOIN)

More than 100 apartments are being built at the Orchards Apartment Project at Orenco Station, each renting for between $600 and $700 per month. The apartments are also within walking distance to light rail, stores and schools.

The governor is expected to sign into law a bill passed by the Oregon legislature that will prohibit landlords from raising the rent for the first year.

“That’s a great tool for us to have at the local level to enable families to access more affordable housing,” Brown said.

Asked if this was a form of rent control long banned by Oregon law, the governor said yes.

It actually is not rent control, though.

Rent control has been illegal in Oregon since 1985 when lawmakers determined it would disrupt an orderly housing market.

But Gov. Brown said there is still work to be done “providing more tools for local jurisdictions to build affordable housing within their communities.”

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