City leaders, advocates kick off campaign to support affordable housing

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A group pushing for more affordable housing around the Portland metro region kicked off their campaign Thursday night.

Voters will see two measures on the November ballot to address the region’s housing issue. | READ MORE

Several elected leaders from Metro and the City of Portland spoke Thursday, along with housing advocates like Yadira Torres, to unveil the Yes for Affordable Housing Campaign.

“Because of my daughter spending almost six months in the hospital, we couldn't - I couldn't work. But finally, we heard about Leander Court, where there's affordable housing,” said Torres.

Portland voters already approved more than $200 million in affordable housing, and the proposed measure from Metro is for $653 million.

A constitutional amendment will also be on the ballot that would get rid of Oregon's ban on government agencies splitting ownership with private developers.

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