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Senator Merkley Seeks Affordable Housing Solution

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley

Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley wants to help solve the affordable housing crisis. He was in Eugene Wednesday.

Merkley says more people are moving to Oregon than to other U.S. states. And that contributes to a housing shortage here.
Merkley says he’s secured about 30 million dollars in hardest hit funds for Oregon. But he says we need better programs.

“This challenge in affordable housing is a reflection of the polarization of our economy where we have a few people doing very well at the top but good-paying jobs to support the regular costs of living, if you will, in our society, those good-paying jobs are diminishing.”
Meanwhile, rents are going up. Merkley says the affordable housing crisis hurts children the most. They need stability to thrive. The Senator met with elected leaders and affordable housing providers, including St. Vincent de Paul, at one of their apartment complexes in Eugene.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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