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Do you know about HB 2001: Better housing options for Oregon’s seniors?

Our community lacks affordable, accessible, and varied housing options that meet the needs of residents today. And with the right incentives, communities can start to build duplexes, tri-plexes and four-plexes in neighborhoods that were traditional, single-family homes. This type of housing creates a vibrant community for people of all ages and abilities, including older adults.

The Legislature is considering House Bill 2001 to expand housing options by requiring cities with a population greater than 10,000 and counties with population greater than 15,000 to allow “middle housing” in lands zoned for single-family homes.

There is an urgent need. According to the Census by 2030, one in five people in the United States will be age 65 or over. While some older adults want to stay in their homes, others want to downsize — or can’t afford to keep up the house where they raised their family. Right now, options are very few.

Oregon needs many solutions to address the housing crisis at hand, but one solution can be to simply allow more varied housing types in our neighborhoods. HB 2001 would help Albany become more age friendly and vibrant for people of all ages and abilities. Ask your legislators to support this legislation. Someone in your family may need it one day.

Saleem Noorani

Albany (March 8)

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