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Some Ashland community members say they pay 40 percent of their their income on rent

(KTVL/ Kimberly Kolliner)

ASHLAND, Ore. - People gathered at the Ashland Plaza earlier this evening to rally against increased rent and unfair housing.

Workers and families in Ashland say they continually face unmanageable rent increases, housing discrimination and poor treatment from management.

They say it'll drive the younger working community out of the city - an issue that affects everyone.

"There's a lot of folks out there, if they already own a home, maybe they're not concerned with what renters are going through. But they have to realize, young workers like me, like it or not, are the future of Ashland. And if there are no young workers, if my rent keeps going up and up where its consuming 40 percent of my income, I'm going to have to move to Medford," said Charles Douglas, an Ashland renter.

The community is hopeful legislation like HB 2004, which failed earlier this year, will be revisited.

It would lift Oregon’s statewide ban on rent control and restrict no cause evictions.

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