Mayor Denny Doyle Spoke on Affordable Housing in Beaverton

On Sunday, May 22, 2016 Mayor Denny Doyle spoke to members of Bethel Church as well as community members on the issues of affordable housing in Beaverton.  How will low- and middle-income people, particularly families and seniors, find and keep housing in Beaverton? How is Beaverton encouraging diversity in housing?  What can we do as a congregation and as individuals to support affordable housing?  This forum was open to the community.

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Community members showed up and asked many great questions including:

How do non-addicts without children find housing?
Why is this suddenly such a large problem?
Can Beaverton pass a 90 day eviction notice ordinance similar to other nearby cities?

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Over the last year, members of Bethel Congregational UCC’s Social Justice Advocacy Team have been tackling these tough questions and educating the congregation on the multitude of issues surrounding homelessness and affordable housing in Beaverton.  As rental prices continue to skyrocket, the need for affordable housing and how to address increasing homelessness in Beaverton is a pressing issue and knowing how the City of Beaverton plans to address this issue is important to Bethel’s congregants.

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This is the third in a series of Forums sponsored by the Social Justice Advocacy Team at Bethel to learn more about the issues surrounding homelessness and displacement.  The first Forum was in February.  Lisa Mentesana of the Beaverton School District Homeless Program brought two families who are being served by their program to help people understand more about “what it feels like to be homeless”.  In April, Annette Evans, Coordinator of the Homeless Program for Washington County, helped us learn more of the services available to assist low-income individuals and families who are struggling to find and keep housing.

Bethel Congregational UCC is a progressive Christian community that is committed to service and is open to everyone.  
Our motto:   “No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!”  

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