Legislators Need To Hear From Renters Today!

Graphic of a house with trees next to it, surrounded by a circle.The fight for tenant protections is heating up. We need renters, particularly from the following key districts, to contact their legislators today. Currently, these Representatives need to hear from their constituents about the issues of just cause evictions and rent stabilization.

Representative Barker in House District 28 (Aloha/Beaverton/Hazeldell): See district boundaries here.

Representative Helm in House District 34 (Aloha/Beaverton): See district boundaries here.

Representative Bynum in House District 51 (Clackmas/East Portland/Happy Valley): See district boundaries here.

Representative Reardon in House District 48 (East Portland/Happy Valley): See district boundaries here.

These legislators have not yet voiced support on this issue. See below for instructions.

Make a Phone Call

Calling your elected official is quick and easy! It should only take a couple of minutes start to finish. Their numbers are above.

Important tips:

  • It's best to call during normal business hours - 9am to 5pm.
  • Be polite, speak clearly, and treat anyone you speak to with respect.
  • Remember: the people answering the phone are public servants. They help Representatives make the right decision.

Here's a sample script, whether you leave a message with a machine, or you actually speak to someone:

Hi, my name is __YOUR NAME__,

and I am a constituent of __REP'S NAME __.

My address is __YOUR ADDRESS - INCLUDING ZIP CODE__

I want the Representative to come out in favor of rent stabilization and just-cause evictions, currently in House Bill 2004.

__Share a personal story about why this issue matters to you!__

Our community is at risk of displacement and many renters don't have the time to make their voices heard. Please support this bill and don't let the landlord lobby stand in the way of stable, affordable homes for the renting population. Our district represents many renters and we need someone to stand up for us.

Thank you!

 

Send an Email

Take a moment to write an email and let your representative know what you think! 

Helpful Tips for E-mailing Your Representative!

Keep it brief! Keep emails short and to the point.

Identify Yourself Begin with an introduction of yourself. Use a simple statement, such as "I am a part time student studying at ..." or "I've been living and working in the Portland area for X number of years .."

Get to the Point Follow your introduction with a brief statement of your issue or concern, such as "I'm urging your support for HB2004, which will offer stability and certainty for renters such as myself." Follow your opening statements with a concise explanation of why you support this issue!

Relate it to Home Help the legislator understand why your position is important to his or her constituents. If you're comfortable, please share a personal story about how no-cause evictions and/or rent increases have impacted you/your family/your community.

Allow for Follow-Up Include specific contact information and offer to act as a resource should the legislator or staff have questions or need additional information. Where appropriate, state in the letter that you will follow up with a telephone call.

Other helpful tips! Avoid informal language — E-mail to a legislator should be treated as seriously as a written letter. Resist the temptation to use the informal language and symbols often associated with e-mail communications. Include your full address and zip code — Make sure the text of your e-mail includes your full name and street address, including zip code. Many legislative offices screen e-mails for address information identifying the sender as a constituent. E-mails that appear to come from outside the district are unlikely to be read and may be blocked by filtering programs.

Posted in East Portland, Housing Justice, Policy Advocacy.