Deborah Imse, Executive Director at Metrofamily NW (MFNW) in Portland, issued this note calling for a “Thank you” to the Portland City Council for delaying the rental screening vote.

Here is the notice:

Please thank Mayor Wheeler, Commissioner Fish and Commissioner Fritz for delaying the vote to allow time to consider the full consequences of the ordinance and develop an alternative
Dear Multifamily NW Members and Interested Parties,

Portland City Council has delayed deliberations on the rental screening ordinance until May 23, due largely to efforts by Multifamily NW. This is a good time to thank Mayor Wheeler, Commissioner Fish and
Commissioner Fritz for delaying the vote to allow time to consider the
full consequences of the ordinance and develop an alternative.

We urge you to call or email Wheeler and Fish and thank them for delaying the vote.

Your email or phone call can be brief. The basic points are: 1) Thank you
for delaying the vote. 2) This ordinance requires more attention to
ensure it achieves its goals without unintended consequences such as
increasing rents or lowering housing supply.

We encourage you to develop your own language when you call or email. However, if you want to use a prepared statement, you may copy the
following. If you are making phone calls, please prioritize Wheeler and
Fish in your calls; Fritz is an optional third phone call. If you are
emailing, please email all three. Contact info is below.

Dear Mayor Wheeler, Commissioner Fish and Commissioner Fritz,
Thank you for delaying the vote on ordinance 30.01.086 and 30.01.087, which will greatly alter the way rental housing providers in Portland screen applicants. This ordinance requires thoughtful deliberation and collaboration to ensure it achieves its goal of reducing barriers to housing without causing unintended consequences, such as increasing rents and lowering housing supply. 

Thank you,YOUR NAME, TITLE, ORGANIZATION

City Council Contact Information:

Mayor Ted Wheeler1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 340Portland, OR 97204
Phone: 503-823-4120, Opinion Line: 503-823-4127
Email: mayorwheeler@portlandoregon.gov

Commissioner Nick Fish 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 240Portland, OR 97204Phone: 503-823-3589 Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

Commissioner Amanda Fritz 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 220,
Portland, OR 97204Phone: 503-823-3008
Email: amanda@portlandoregon.gov