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May 28, 2014
PORTLAND – Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) announces grant awards of $3.85 million to local nonprofit organizations to support low-income households in accessing and maintaining stable, habitable, and sustainable homeownership. $2.4 million was awarded to create opportunities for first time homebuyers, and $1.45 million to help homeowners, primarily elderly, to retain their homes.
“As housing prices increase in Portland these programs become even more important—combatting gentrification, keeping families in their homes, helping seniors age-in-place, and providing opportunities for more low and moderate income families to become homeowners,” stated Commissioner Dan Saltzman.
In March 2014, PHB issued a request for proposals (RFP) for homebuyer education and counseling, direct homebuyer subsidies, home repair, and home retention services. These programs and services will be funded through a combination of city general funds, tax increment financing (TIF), and federal Community Development Block Grant beginning July 1, 2014 for the City of Portland 2014/15 fiscal year.
“In a tough market, especially among communities of color, these homebuyer programs give much needed guidance. We are thrilled that our relationships with community based organizations and partners will keep more families in their homes, and provide opportunities to lift more people from regulated units into homeownership,” says Traci Manning, Director of PHB.
Increasing homeownership opportunities in communities of color is a key initiative of PHB and is a goal adopted by City Council. Funding recommendations, made by a selection committee of community volunteers, were based on a demonstrated history of providing culturally competent services targeted to populations that are traditionally under-served in homeownership or at greater risk of displacement from their current neighborhoods. Other considerations included the leverage of additional resources and maintaining the capacity of organizations that support the existing continuum of services in the community.
With $2.4 million in homeownership dollars, PHB’s community partners expect to provide education and counseling to 1,400 low income households, help 190 households purchase homes, subsidize an additional 25 home purchases, and help 440 homeowners avoid foreclosure. With $1.45 million, PHB partners will provide 1,330 households home repair, weatherization, and accessibility services to help seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income families remain in their homes.
Contact: Andrea Matthiessen
Resolutions Northwest (RNW) is Hiring!
RNW will be hiring three new Restorative Justice Specialists to work with Portland Public Schools (PPS) to implement restorative principles and practices. See full job description here and attached.
We are in the process of identifying specific PPS schools while we simultaneously begin our hiring search. As we learn more about the school communities in which we will work, we'll refine our qualifications and experience to respond to specific demographic needs of the identified schools.
Candidates of color and community members who have personally experienced, or whose families have experienced, school pushout are strongly encouraged to apply.
We would also like prospective applicants to know that we are in the beginning stages of a merger with Uniting to Understand Racism. We are very excited about the additional opportunities this merger will present to our school-based restorative justice work.
To apply submit: Cover letter, Resume, Application and response to the application question:
Application Question: Please describe your personal experience with and commitment to restorative justice.
Incomplete and late submissions may not be considered.
Please submit to the attention of Betsy Coddington, Executive Director:
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By fax: (503) 595-4891
By mail: Resolutions Northwest, 1827 NE 44th, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97213
Application deadline – 4:00 pm, May 28, 2014
May 13, 2014
In June 2014, Portland City Council will be considering a proposal to legalize more short-term rentals (such as Air BnB and VRBO). Part of this proposal would require short-term rentals to pay the appropriate lodging fees. Housing Commissioner Dan Saltzman will propose to dedicate 25 percent of the City’s portion of those lodging fees to an affordable rental housing fund.
Commissioner Saltzman said, “We are at a tipping point in the future of Portland and we need to ensure we still retain affordable rental housing so that families who work in Portland can afford to live in Portland.” Saltzman added, “We have a crisis of availability; we need more resources to build more units to keep pace with the needs of current residents.”
Short-term rentals have the potential to exacerbate Portland’s current housing shortage of affordable rental units. Portland has the second tightest rental market in the nation behind New York City. In just the last year, Portland rents increased more than 11 percent, while family incomes have stayed flat.
Combined with the news that Air BnB’s North American Operational Headquarters in Portland will bring 160 new jobs to the city, Commissioner Saltzman’s affordable rental housing proposal creates a win-win for Portlanders.
On May 1, PHB released its Spring 2014 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) which makes available a total of $17.5M for the development, rehabilitation and/or preservation of affordable housing. PHB recognizes the significant unmet need for housing for people earning 60% of the area median family income and below. In keeping with that, PHB is seeking proposals that focus on these families. Some of the NOFA’s other policy priorities include: projects located in relatively high opportunity areas, an emphasis on equity and diversity in all project aspects including contracting and marketing and projects that demonstrate cost efficiency in design, construction and operation. The NOFA and all related documents can be found here: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/phb/64295
PHB will hold a mandatory information session on May 14 at 12 noon at PHB’s offices. At least one representative from each development team must attend.
Proposals are due at 3:00PM June 23.
Questions should be directed to Karl Dinkelspiel, the NOFA’s project manager, at 503.823.1354 or email@example.com
April 30, 2014
Portland Housing Advisory Commission (PHAC), a volunteer public advisory body that advises Portland Housing Bureau’s Director, Housing Commissioner, and Portland City Council on a range of housing policy and program issues, seeks new members to fill four open seats.
The mission of the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) is to focus community resources on the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland. We accomplish this with expertise and direction from the PHAC.
PHB looks to the PHAC to bring ideas, analysis and diverse perspectives to the table; to highlight opportunities for influence between the City’s housing system and other systems; and to provide an inclusive forum for public input on housing issues. The PHAC promotes improvements within PHB and the larger housing system, advises on issues of equity in access and outcomes for Portlanders in PHB programs, and increases the profile of PHB in the community. The PHAC functions as the PHB Budget Advisory Committee, satisfying local requirements for citizen participation in the City’s annual budget process. In this role, the PHAC assists in aligning PHB’s resources—including federal funds, local general fund, and the “Affordable Housing Set-aside” of tax increment funds generated through urban renewal—to PHB's mission. The PHAC also plays a role in federal regulatory compliance.
We encourage you to apply to be a member of the PHAC or a sub-committee. The application deadline is May 30, 2014. Please click here for the application or find it posted here, http://www.portlandoregon.gov/phb/article/434287. Return the completed application to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), who will forward your application to the PHB. Complete instructions are available on the form.
For more information, contact Daynelle Banks at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-823-3403.