May 19, 2017

Dear Members of the Oregon Senate:

We are representatives of Oregon businesses asking you to please support legislation to put an end to unfair no-cause evictions and to help keep Oregon families in their homes.

We believe that our employees should be able to live and thrive in the neighborhoods where they work. Stable, affordable housing is critical to realizing these deeply held values—for our employees and customers, and for all Oregonians.

Thriving employees and healthy communities will not be possible unless businesses like ours engage at the state level to address the very significant social and economic challenges that we face today.

We hear from many of our staff that they are struggling due to skyrocketing rents. When our neighbors, customers, and employees can’t afford the basics like food, rent, and childcare, it hurts us all.

Four in ten Oregonians rent their home. This means that roughly 1.5 million Oregonians in our state —including seniors, parents, and kids—are vulnerable to losing their homes through no fault of their own. When families are told to leave their homes without a valid reason, it can cause immense financial hardship that can force them to deplete their savings, and in a rental market with very few vacancies, can even push them into homelessness.

We understand the importance of having a stable, predictable workforce. When our staff and their families are forced to move suddenly, it can be costly, stressful and highly disruptive to their personal and professional lives. For our workers, we’ve seen housing instability lead to low morale, absenteeism and a lack of productivity. For the health of our business and for our economy as a whole, we need to implement public policy that will protect Oregonians from the harmful effects of no-cause evictions.

No matter who we are, we all need a safe, stable place to call home.

Please end no-cause evictions here in Oregon and help our communities thrive.

Sincerely,

 

Wendy Collie

President & CEO

New Seasons Market

 

Cameron Madill

Founder & CEO

PixelSpoke

 

Roy Notowitz

Founder and President

Notogroup

 

Amy Prosenjak

President

A to Z Wineworks

 

Chris Bonner

Principal Broker

The Love Portland Group

 

Leah Benson

Owner

Gladys Bikes

 

Mike Nierengarten

President

Obility

 

Sam Pardue

Founder & CEO

Indow

Kerry McClenahan

CEO

McClenahan Bruer

 

Colby Nichols

Founder

Jolby & Friends

 

William Henderson

Founder & CEO

Ride Report

 

Eric Friedenwald-Fishman

Founder & Creative Director

Metropolitan Group

 

Elizabeth Nardi

CEO

Organically Grown Company

 

Emily Goetz

Chief Marketing Officer

Pyramid Communications

 

Justin Yuen

Founder and President

FMYI

 

John Connor

Co-Owner

MadeHerePDX

 

David Kahl

Founder and CEO

Fully