Our city faces a housing crisis. Current policy conversations focus on the urgent needs of shelter and escalating rents. But the problem is not just economic. It is deeper – and longer reaching.

Join local civic partners to launch a yearlong series of conversations, "We Call This Home: Race, Wealth, and Home Ownership," that will focus our region on one of the toughest challenges facing our city: How do we ensure that the decisions we make as a growing city reflect both the wisdom we've gained through our shared history of inequality, and also the visions we share for a safe, abundant, and affordable place for all to live?

We start with a provocative conversation between two dynamic national leaders, Dr. Rhea Combs and Rukaiyah Adams. Dr. Combs is the Curator of Film and Photography at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Ms. Adams serves as the Chief Investment Officer of Meyer Memorial Trust. Together they will explore both civic and cultural aspects of the questions of race and belonging in our region in a wide-ranging, no holds barred conversation.

 We Call This Home continues through July with discussions designed to focus on wealth inequality in our region, explore what more equitable outcomes might look like, and envision a path toward new outcomes. We will conclude in July with state, local, and national elected leaders sharing their visions for public solutions. 

We Call This Home is presented by Portland Housing Center in partnership with Agora Journalism Center at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, City Club of Portland, EcoNorthwest, Neighborhood Partnerships, North Star Civic Foundation, Open:Housing, and Oregon Humanities which with generous support from JP Morgan Chase.


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Mar. 10, 12:15 PM
Pushed Out: No Affordable Homes in Portland

Dr. Lisa Bates, Portland State University

Lorelei Juntunen, ECONorthwest

If trends continue, will any median-income family be able to buy a home in Portland? 

If trends continue, will any median-income family be able to buy a home in Portland? 


Hosted by
The City Club of Portland
@ The Sentinel Hotel
614 SW 11th Avenue