On Wednesday, Portland city leaders sent a letter to the governor asking for statewide rent forgiveness for people who lost incomes because of the pandemic. “We’ve never talked about a rent moratorium before or forgiving mortgages. I know it might sound outlandish to some, but I just ask them to consider the alternatives or offer alternatives. You can’t squeeze blood from a stone,” Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly told KATU. Since then, reaction has been swift, claiming if put in place, it would cause long-term damage to basic economic structures.
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