I rather like the idea that some are talking about of a NOAH Alliance, composed of all the local providers of naturally occurring affordable housing (referred to as NOAH by some policy wonks) in Eugene — non-subsidized housing affordable to the average Eugene renter.
It is important to highlight the essential service these providers, from venerable housing co-ops to modern quads to rooming houses to homeowners renting modest ADUs, are doing for this community. Currently, most of them are not even known by most residents (especially homeowners).
A NOAH Alliance also evokes the image of lifting up our residents and sheltering them from catastrophe, which is literally the role of affordable housing in Eugene today.
A visible NOAH Alliance could play an important role in encouraging other private property owners to join in this essential civic cause (for instance, by holding a workshop for Eugene homeowners wanting to build an inexpensive ADU).
The average renter makes $22K-$26K/year, so NOAH Alliance members would be those renting housing for $550-$650/month or less (30% of this income).
The only question is who has time, resources, and social purpose to organize it … ?
ETA: There is a statewide CDFI called NOAH (Network for Oregon Affordable Housing), a Neighborhood of Affordable Housing in East Boston, and a NOAH Impact Fund (among others), so presumably no one has a lock on putting NOAH in the name of their organization.