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Letter to the Editor

Make no mistake: Vote for Claire Hall

Second only to the COVID-19 Pandemic, four of five candidates for County Commissioner identify affordable housing, without question, at the top of their list of priorities. Stable, affordable housing with community-based supports is the platform on which individual, household, and community resiliency are built.

Of the four, however, only Claire Hall can say that she is delivering on what has become her signature policy issue: Increasing Lincoln County’s affordable housing stock.

For instance, last year, the 21-unit Fisterra project in Yachats opened. This year, the 110-unit Surf View Village project in Newport will open. She has secured funding for 10 additional units of housing dedicated to veterans in Toledo, with construction beginning by no later than 2021. Significantly, she started the Community Land Trust that has so far brought home ownership to 10 Lincoln County families.

Claire will be the first to admit these achievements have taken too long, and there remains much to be done to achieve her workforce housing goals. Change takes time and patience. Patience is not merely the ability to wait-it’s how we behave while we’re waiting. Her well-earned reputation for responsible governance has resulted in her appointment by Governor Brown as Chair of the Oregon Housing Stability Council.

Only a Commissioner with the skill and persistence to build durable relationships across government would be appointed by the Governor to the Oregon Housing Stability Council, let alone Chair. Likewise, only a Commissioner with demonstrated collaborative skills, vision, and persistence would be elected by her peers as President of the Association of Oregon Counties, as she was in 2016.

As Chair of the Oregon Housing Stability Council, Claire will “review and set policy for the development and financing of affordable housing” for the State of Oregon. [Google “Oregon Housing Stability Council” to better understand the invaluable opportunity this appointment affords, not only Claire but Lincoln County as well.]

As the Oregon Housing Stability Council Chair, Claire can laser focus on the housing needs of low- and moderate-income Oregonians. The Council sets the policy regarding loans, grants, and funding for acquisition and rehabilitation or construction of affordable housing. The Council advises decision-makers, including elected leaders and agencies, about legislation that affects the supply or cost of affordable housing. The Council is expected to collaborate on the drafting of housing-related bills and legislative priorities.

The Oregon Housing Stability Council is the Champion for Affordable Housings in Oregon. The Council advises the Governor, the legislature, and the public on how to create and preserve quality affordable housing and community-based services for lower- and moderate-income Oregonians.

The Chair-personship of the Oregon Housing Stability Council alone makes her eminently more qualified than any of her opponents to advance the issue that all candidates is the Top Priority for Lincoln County: Increasing the stock of affordable, workforce housing in Lincoln County.

We have come too far to risk losing out on the opportunity Claire has created to add quality affordable workforce housing to the housing stock of rural Oregon. Lincoln County needs to acknowledge this and re-elect Claire as Lincoln County Commissioner.

Monica Kirk
Depoe Bay, OR

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