PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Hundreds of Portlanders marched through the rain Downtown on Saturday, a year after the city’s declaration of a housing emergency.
Many feel the city has not done enough to tackle this issue, and Portland Tenants United organized the formal march to “demand a real response with real impact to our housing crisis.”
The city has extended the housing emergency for one more year.
“We’re out to demand an end to no cause evictions,” Chelsea Deloney with Tenants United said. “And we’re out here demanding that the tenants bill of rights be respected and active.”
The rally started at city hall with protesters demanding a rent freeze, protesting large rent increases and no-cause evictions. They area also calling for a change in the eviction court system, which they feel favors landlords and property management companies.
“Home builders and property managers were very savvy a few decades ago to to ban rent control to ban just cause eviction,” Gabriel Erbs with Portland Tenants United said. “Because they know that this instability means more for their bottom line.”
Many of the demands of Portland Tenants United have been supported by mayor-elect Ted Wheeler, who will take the reigns of the city next year.