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A historic affordable housing project for urban Natives is underway in Portland


August 8, 2019

In response to a housing crisis in which incomes are significantly lower than living costs, the Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians has teamed up with Native organizations in Portland to build their own affordable apartment complex. 'Nesika Illahee', they call it. That's Chinook for 'Our Place'. Photo:

The housing crisis is worse than you think, and for Natives, it's even worse than that.

According to "Out of Reach 2019," a recent report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a full-time worker earning minimum wage "cannot afford a two-bedroom rental home at fair market rent in any U.S. county and can afford a one-bedroom rental in fewer than 99% of counties" across the nation.


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