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Findley presses measure to open up marginal farm land in Malheur County for housing

SALEM — It's getting harder to find a place to live in Oregon, and state lawmakers are making a bipartisan effort to address what some call a housing crisis.

New housing construction isn't keeping pace with population growth in Oregon, according to state economists. The Up for Growth National Coalition estimates that from 2000 to 2015, Oregon “underproduced” its housing needs by 155,000 units. Increases in real estate and rental prices in the Portland area only recently started easing.

State Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, D-Portland, has been working on housing issues in . . .