There is an affordable housing crisis afflicting Central Oregon. When I talk to folks in Redmond, Bend and rural Deschutes County, I hear, repeatedly, how residents are struggling to afford to live in Central Oregon, and businesses are struggling to attract employees due to the high cost of living here. One of the main reasons I ran for state representative was to help fix this crisis.

One reason why Central Oregon housing prices — and prices in other popular places in Oregon — quickly outpace the ability of its residents to pay them is the many barriers Oregon places in the path of creating more housing, such as creating more supply.

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