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Advocates: Portland should do more to prevent gentrification

Community leaders say Portland must do more to stop the displacement of residents caused by gentrification.

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Community leaders say Portland must do more to stop the displacement of residents caused by gentrification.

Low-income and immigrant families say they're being pushed out of East Portland, a historically neglected part of town. Portland's tight rental market, coupled with new public and private investments in East Portland, are making the area more desirable to middle class residents.

Recommendations to prevent displacement include requiring developers to make a percentage of housing units in a new development available to affordable housing.

Other solutions are for non-profits to rehab shoddy multi-family apartments for use as affordable housing. Advocates say the city should also halt no-cause evictions and push for local rent control.