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Anti-displacement Action Plan Update: Task force recruitment beginning soon

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New task force to comprise community members and cross-bureau City leadership; recommend actions for City Council to address housing and commercial displacement.
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1900 SW 4th building with "end displacement now" in the windows. Photo credit Anti-Displacement PDX.
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Interested in helping to create a more equitable Portland? Want to help address the displacement of low-income households and people of color?

As part of the City of Portland’s Anti-displacement Action Plan, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and community partners are creating an Anti-displacement Task Force. This new task force of community advocates and City staff will help lead policy development that centers racial equity in land use planning, zoning, housing, economic opportunity and cultural placemaking.

Application period to open soon

Applications will soon be available for the City's new Anti-displacement Task Force. The group will center racial equity to recommend actions for City Council to address housing and cultural displacement. Once the application period opens, the group’s charter, application and essay questions will be available on the project website.

The Task Force will be composed of 12-15 community members and City bureau leadership from Planning and Sustainability (BPS), Transportation (PBOT), Housing (PHB), Prosper Portland, and the Office of Equity and Human Rights (OEHR). Together, they will study existing and potential new policies, regulations and programs that put the City’s adopted Comprehensive Plan goals and policies into practice to ensure equitable outcomes as the city grows.

The Task Force will:

  • Identify existing barriers to progress.
  • Prioritize equitable development strategies that reduce displacement and increase community resiliency.
  • Inform citywide goals and metrics to consistently measure displacement-related outcomes.
  • Identify ongoing sources of funding for anti-displacement work.   

The group will convene in the fall, and terms of service will last two years. Project staff briefed the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) on August 11. Community members interested in learning more about the project can sign up for project updates. Please also see PAALF’s website for more information on the community Anti-Displacement Coalition.