Shared Housing program shuts down

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Friday, June 21, 2013

The Shared Housing program for Ecumenical Ministries is shutting down a service that helped people rent rooms at reduced prices, due to Portland city budget cuts.

Barbara Stone, who managed the Shared Housing program for Ecumenical Ministries, said the program was open to anyone, but that its clients typically had an obstacle to traditional renting: fixed or low income, a disability, poor credit or an arrest record (though it provided criminal background checks for potential matches).

Move-in costs were typically low, making it an option for people looking to rent with little savings. In recent years, it saw an influx of homeowners in danger of losing their home in foreclosure who were able to keep it with income from a housemate.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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