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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Oregon Legislature. This is a venue for political and policy coverage of the state government in Salem and its impact on the people of Oregon.

Oregon Governor Appoints New Head Of Housing And Community Services

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Margaret Salazar has been appointed as director of Oregon Housing and Community Services.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has appointed Margaret Salazar as the new head of the state agency that handles works to provide affordable housing. The announcement was made as lawmakers gear up to tackle housing issues during next year's legislative session.

Salazar comes to the Oregon Housing and Community Services Department from a federal agency with a similar mission. Salazar has been with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the past decade and is currently serving as the director of the Portland Field Office. She'll take charge of the Oregon agency on November 1.

Oregon lawmakers are expected to tackle affordable housing issues during the 2017 legislative session. House Speaker Tina Kotek has expressed support for two ideas favored by some housing advocates: ending the state ban on rent control and making it harder for landlords to evict tenants.

Both proposals will likely face strong opposition from housing developers.