The Oregonian sought public records for analysis in housing reporting


The Oregonian met resistance in seeking public records for its series on affordable housing in the Portland metro area. Portland Housing Bureau officials released project-specific data for more than 150 projects only under pressure from the Multnomah County district attorney's office. City officials charged the newspaper $1,162 for the information.
Home Forward, the housing authority for Multnomah County, spent nearly $15,000 in legal fees to fight The Oregonian's request for location-specific Section 8 data, citing privacy concerns. The district attorney's office ordered the information released in December. The Housing Authority of Clackamas County estimated it would require the newspaper to pay $2,000 for documents but ultimately charged $268.