REMARKS AS PREPARED
Governor Kate Brown
Oregon Symphony's "Emergency Shelter Intake Form"
August 31, 2018
Good evening, I’m Governor Kate Brown.
I’m so incredibly pleased to be here, to be coming together with all of you to raise awareness on an issue that is so important to our community. Because no one can end homelessness alone.
We need a coordinated response that brings together everyone who can make a difference in their communities. From philanthropic partners like the Portland Symphony, to employers and business leaders, all levels of government, and to concerned citizens like you to get people quickly off the street and into permanent homes.
Housing instability and homelessness disproportionately affects families with children, low income families, rural areas, domestic violence survivors, our communities of color, and our veterans.
Meaning it affects our friends, our classmates, our colleagues—and our neighbors.
My goal as governor is to make sure that every Oregonian has the opportunity to thrive. That means having a warm, safe, and affordable place to call home.
Lots of folks from across the country are learning what we have known for a long time: Oregon is a great place to live. Our state has grown at a rapid pace over the last decade, which brings more vibrancy to our communities and to our economy.
But with growth comes growing pains, which we feel most acutely as working families try to find a home that is right for them. Homes near their jobs and schools.
Homes that are more than just four walls and a roof, with rents that don’t mean choosing which bill to pay, or what to do without this month.
When we can do this for one family, children do better in school, and parents do better at work, or can look for better work.
When we can do this for many families, a community grows stronger.
When we can do this in every community, our state prospers.
This month, we announced funding for the development and preservation of 796 affordable homes across the state. Through the collaboration of state, local and federal partners, we are leveraging private investment, we’ve been able to bring the total of affordable homes under development in Oregon to 7,800.
This is a huge stride forward for Oregon, but we can’t stop there. That’s why housing is a key component of my plan to make Oregon’s economy grow, and why we are targeting our investments where they make the biggest impact, at the local level, in communities large and small.
We come from all different walks of life and backgrounds, but when we raise our voices together for our neighbors, like we are doing this evening, we can all make a difference.
Because creating homes isn’t just about buildings—it’s about building our neighbors up.
Thank you very much.