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Sustainability -- Economic aspects, Sustainable development -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area, Agricultural laborers -- Housing -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area


Farmworkers in Washington County face stagnant incomes, limited opportunities and a shortage of affordable, quality housing. In this six month workshop project, Tierra Planning explored the connection between quality affordable housing and economic development opportunities for farmworkers in Washington County. We worked with stakeholders, regulators, landowners and farmworkers to identify barriers, opportunities and alternatives. Our final product was a "strategic vision" that included both general recommendations and recommendations specific to Washington County based on extensive research, outreach, and alternatives analysis. Our hope is that our work will spark discourse among local farmers, housing developers, and policy makers in the Portland metropolitan region and beyond by providing alternative models for integrated farmworker housing and economic development. In particular, we hope to highlight the connection between the growing local food movement and the workers who harvest local food to broaden support for the social aspects of sustainability. This project was conducted under the supervision of Sumner Sharpe and Ellen Bassett.


Client: Farmworker Housing Development Corporation (Woodburn, OR)


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