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Portland Housing Bureau to Purchase Joyce Hotel

The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) will purchase the Joyce Hotel—the last remaining weekly stay building providing immediate, safe, temporary housing for Portland’s homeless—for $4.22 million. 

The purchase agreement, executed Tuesday, is the City’s second offer on the property since a 90-day eviction notice was issued to the building’s residents on December 31. An initial offer was proffered in March when the building was fully occupied in an effort to keep the existing tenants in place.

“The Joyce has long provided transitional housing and a last resort for very vulnerable people with few other options. The loss of such units during a housing and homelessness emergency would create a real humanitarian crisis,” said Kurt Creager, Director of the Portland Housing Bureau.

Located at SW 11th and Stark, the Joyce has 69 rooms, both individual and hostel-style, available for $19-$50 a night. For some residents, it had been their primary dwelling for several years. While only approximately 20 residents currently remain in the building, preserving one of the few remaining low-barrier, low-cost housing options in the Central City was critical to the social service providers operating in the city’s core. The Central City No Net Loss Policy, under which the City of Portland committed to maintaining 8,286 affordable rental units in the Central City, was also a compelling factor in the bureau’s decision, Creager says.

“I am very pleased that the Joyce Hotel will remain open so that some of the most vulnerable people in our community will have a safe place to go, rather than being out on the street,” said Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees the Portland Housing Bureau. “As a compassionate city, we must continue to prioritize our resources to invest in the social safety net for Portlanders who are most vulnerable and at risk.”

In the immediate term, Central City Concern (CCC) will operate the hotel, assessing individual tenants and offering additional services as necessary. Following the purchase, PHB will relocate any remaining residents when it rehabilitates the hotel and addresses exigent health and safety issues. 

“We are proud to help the City keep the Joyce hotel available to very low-income people in our community,” said Central City Concern Executive Director Ed Blackburn. “CCC will spend the next few months making needed capital improvements, strengthening operations, and defining guidelines for future tenants.”

Home Forward Opens Waiting Lists for Selected Public Housing Communities

The deadline to apply is June 11, 2016.

From June 8 - June 11, Home Forward will be accepting applications for studios, and one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments at twelve subsidized housing communities. Both project-based Section 8 and public housing opportunities are available.

Project-based Section 8 is a program that helps people with their rent while they live in the apartment. Public housing consists of apartment and townhome communities that are owned and managed by Home Forward. Through the use of Federal funds, Home Forward is able to charge affordable rent that is based on the household’s income (public housing residents generally pay 28.5 - 31 percent of their income for rent).

The deadline to apply is June 11
 
For more information, visit www.homeforward.org

N/NE Community Oversight Committee Meets Thursday, May 26

WHEN
THURSDAY, MAY 26 from 6pm - 8pm
(Sandwiches and beverages will be served at 5:30; meeting begins promptly at 6pm)

WHERE
NEW SONG COMMUNITY CHURCH
2511 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97211
(Community Room entry on NE Russell St)


The Oversight Committee is a community-based group formed to oversee the Portland Housing Bureau's work to address displacement in North and Northeast Portland. The committee meets every other month for progress updates and discussion on the  N/NE Neighborhood Housing Strategy. These meetings are open to the public. 

This month, join us to hear an update about the first Preference Policy application round, new affordable rental housing planned for N/NE Portland, and a report from Housing Bureau Director Kurt Creager on affordable housing expenditures (Tax Increment Financing or "TIF") in the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area.   

The last 30 minutes of the meeting are reserved for public comment and questions on any of this month's agenda items. If you have questions or comments about any issues that are not on this month's agenda, contact us directly at 503-823-1190 or email NNEstrategy@portlandoregon.gov. Comment cards will also be available at the meeting.

Oversight Committee meetings will now be filmed by Portland Community Media and broadcast on Channel 30. The broadcast schedule will be available shortly. 

The public is welcome. Meeting schedules and agendas are posted here.

 

Public Hearing: Tax Exemption Applications for 7 New Rental Projects

Seven rental projects have applied for affordable housing tax exemptions from the Portland Housing Bureau. Join the discussion on Tuesday, June 7th.

On Tuesday, June 7, the Portland Housing Advisory Commission (PHAC), the advisory group to the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB), will hold a public hearing to discuss six new applications being considered for approval for the Multiple-Unit Limited Tax Exemption (MULTE) Program, as well as a request to restructure a previously approved application. 

The six new applications includes four projects in Northwest Portland, one in St Johns and one in Southeast Portland, for a total of close to 500 new units (100 of which will be affordable to households earning no more than 60% or 80% of median family income) combined.  

The discussion will also include a request to restructure a previously approved application for the Vancouver Avenue Apartments in N/NE Portland. The change will increase the level of affordability restrictions from 60% to 80% of median family income. 

Tax exemptions such as the MULTE are intended to encourage private developers to include affordable units and other public benefits in their projects. PHB administers the MULTE program and can approve up to $3 million of new tax exemptions per year. 

The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 7 from 4:25 – 4:55 pm during the monthly PHAC meeting at the Portland Housing Bureau offices in Downtown Portland, located at 421 SW 6th AveSuite 500.
 
For questions about the MULTE program, click here or contact Dory Van Bockel by email or phone 503-823-4469.