FALSE CLAIM:

Kate Brown says she has increased funding for emergency shelters and services for homeless people.

 
 

TRUTH:

Under Kate Brown, the homelessness crisis has grown worse – becoming both a moral and public health crisis. We have the 3rd worst rate of homelessness without shelter. We have more homeless students than at any point in our state history. And Oregon now ranks 1st in the country for youth homelessness. This is embarrassing and unacceptable.

Knute Buehler released a plan to end unsheltered homelessness in Oregon by 2023. Before this, Kate Brown was silent on this issue, and had no plan to address it. Knute Buehler will lead where Kate Brown has failed on this issue.

FALSE CLAIM:

Kate Brown says she has created thousands of additional units of affordable housing.

 

TRUTH:

Oregon has an extreme shortage of housing, driving up rents and the cost of housing. Portland is now the 9th least affordable housing market in the country. Many parts of our state, particularly Portland, are becoming increasingly unaffordable for anyone other than the wealthy. This drives segregation and gentrification, and it often blocks families from living where they want in areas with the greatest economic opportunity.

Knute Buehler has a plan to increase affordable housing by 20,000 units and provide immediate rental assistance for families experiencing instability. Safe and secure housing is critical to quality of life and economic and social stability.

FALSE CLAIM:

Kate Brown says she is a champion for working class families.

 

 

TRUTH:

Under Kate Brown, the cost of living has gone up by 23%. Most of that has been driven by the rapid rise of housing costs. Rents continue to rise for low-income families, leaving thousands of Oregonians struggling to make ends meet. In addition, she has supported over $13B in new taxes.

Knute Buehler understands that prosperity should be shared equally. The current system leaves far too many people and communities behind. He has a plan to create more affordable housing and stem rising rents. He has a plan to jumpstart economies in impoverished communities. And he will continue to fight against new taxes and fees that eat up household budgets and hurt working Oregonians.