A small business owner, wife and mom, community advocate, and housing expert, Erlin Taylor brings exactly the personal experience and policy expertise the Bend City Council needs as it moves towards a more dynamic and brighter future.
For over 20 years, Erlin has been making sure Oregonians at every income level and in every life situation have access to safe, affordable housing for themselves and for their families. Erlin believes having a stable home and living environment is the foundation for the opportunity for a better quality of life, and that communities with greater access to housing have stronger small businesses and economies, better schools and safer streets, more living wage jobs, and will result in a better Bend for all of us.
Erlin’s history of supporting community goes back decades to when she worked as a loan officer. She developed specific outreach programs to the Hispanic community and helped numerous families secure their first home. On her own time, Erlin conducted town halls educating this community on how to best secure financial stability and growth, assisted in creating Spanish language housing forms, and provided training in Fair Housing laws.
Her passion for community extends beyond providing access to housing. Each year, she and her family are involved with nonprofits such as the Sunshine Food Division, Good Neighbor Center, Adopt a Family, Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society and more.
When not running her company or spending time in community advocacy, Erlin and Brennan enjoy traveling with their two adult children, hiking, mountain biking, and exploring Oregon’s great outdoors, visiting local restaurants and farmers markets, and walking their dogs Chewy and Vader.