- Courtesy Allison Platt
What can we do to help our community?
It would help working-class Bendites get into our housing market if home sellers accepted offers that require a loan instead of an all-cash offer. I encourage you to accept the offer from the first-time homebuyer or the person who submits a letter highlighting their commitment to this community over someone making an "investment property" purchase.
We can be compassionate landlords so people can continue to live here investing in our community or saving toward a down payment. Please rent your home for a reasonable price versus the maximum rent you possibly can.
Please support and advocate for (versus protest against) new residential development, especially of units that will be affordable at various income levels, to help ease pressure on our housing market.
Bend will continue to grow and change as it always has, but we can continue to put our community's interest ahead of our own.
— Allison Platt is a senior planner with the City of Bend and works on a variety of issues such as housing, growth and transportation planning.