Homelessness -- Oregon -- Newberg, City planning -- Oregon -- Newberg
The Newberg housing market is experiencing the effects of a rapidly growing population on a relatively static housing stock. As competition for a limited supply of housing increases, low- and moderate-income households face the choice of absorbing rising housing costs or being priced out of their homes. This pressure has shown to result in increased rates of housing instability and houselessness in comparable communities across the state. Concerns around housing affordability prompted the Newberg City Council to adopt a 5-Year Housing Work Program in 2020. The 5-Year Housing Work Program consists of 49 housing-related directives intended to address a variety of housing needs in the community, including the needs of the unhoused community in Newberg. One particular item included in the 5-Year Housing Work Program pertains to “car camping,” or living unsheltered in a vehicle. This item originated with faith-based organizations inquiring about using their parking lots as spaces for unhoused individuals, groups, and/or families to car camp overnight.
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Carroll, Katie; Haight, Ryan; Hendricks, Mary; Sharba, Scott; Tortorici, Anthony; and Vickers, Paul, "Newberg Car Camping Initiative" (2022). Master of Urban and Regional Planning Workshop Projects. 186.