Marija Peče 
Member since Sep 22, 2016

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Re: “Bend Beats Out Redmond For Affordable Housing Program

I agree with Mark. A worker earning $15 per hour has gross income of $31,200 per year/12=$2600 per month. If rent is $1045 for a one bedroom, they would not qualify to rent under traditional criteria of property managers that require income 3 times the rent amount which would be $3135 per month or $18 per hour so saying they are affordable is a joke. I personally like the idea of tinier permanent foundation homes people can rent to own and build wealth and community as featured in a recent article about such a community in Michigan.

Posted by Marija Peče on 11/26/2018 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Tiny Home Community

Opportunity Village in Eugene is completely different as they are very small, garden shed size, temporary shelters-100 s.f. or less, no plumbing or electricity-basically just homeless shelters. The community in this article has normal style homes about 250-400 s.f. that are not trailers or variations of a garden shed and look much nicer and are a truly affordable community. I'd love to see something like this set aside on the east side for land just added to the UGB instead of developing west side for rich peoples housing or another park. I love the concept of the tiny home, but realistically the homes on wheels and the small garden shed size homes look tacky compared to these.

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Posted by Marija Peče on 11/15/2018 at 8:12 AM

Re: “McLeod-Skinner's Feat in Deschutes County

I find it interesting that neither the Bulletin nor KTVZ have had stories that Walden lost Deschutes County and his home county of Hood River as well. Seems very noteworthy to me.

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Posted by Marija Peče on 11/09/2018 at 6:42 PM

Re: “The Many Faces of Homelessness

Great article and kudos to Source for covering this.

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Posted by Marija Peče on 02/24/2017 at 5:29 PM

Re: “New Rent Control Law in Portland: A Lesson for Bend?

To Joe from Portland -If a Portland councilor, in this case Chloe Eudaly, proposes a rent control measure and it does not have enough support with the rest of the council, it is a failed attempt. The fact that the new law incentivizes some landlords to limit rent increases to under 10% to avoid financial penalties makes it a form of rent control. The article is very clear here and the source article from OPB elaborates further:
"The Portland City Council has recently enacted a new law as an attempt to deal with what has been called a housing emergency. Councilors first attempted to pass a rent freeze, which failed, but the new law seeks to have the same effect by requiring landlords to provide relocation assistance to tenants under certain circumstances. In a nutshell, if a landlord raises rents by more than 10 percent, and if this raise forces the tenant to move, the landlord will be required to pay the tenant between $2,900 and $4,500 for relocation assistance. The amount is dependent on the size of the original lease. It's designed to cover moving costs, first and last month's rent and security deposit for the tenant's move. "

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Posted by Marija Peče on 02/23/2017 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Rural Studio's Affordable Design-Builds

There are so many great ideas out there, but if we could only find ways of implementing them to solve our crazy housing situation.

Posted by Marija Peče on 09/22/2016 at 12:41 AM

Re: “Housing Woes Hit Prineville

It's nice that they were able to respond so quickly in terms of passing this special ordinance and what seems to be a quick approval timeline.

Posted by Marija Peče on 09/22/2016 at 12:33 AM

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