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Solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland.

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421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204

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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

N/NE Community Oversight Committee Meets Thursday, May 26

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

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 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.

Portland Housing Bureau is now accepting preference applications for N/NE Portland homeownership opportunities.

The N/NE Homeownership Application for Preference prioritizes longtime N/NE Portland residents impacted by displacement for homeownership opportunities. The application round closes May 13.

Starting today, longtime residents of N/NE Portland who experienced displacement – or who are at risk now – can apply to receive preference for new homeownership opportunities through the Portland Housing Bureau’s N/NE Homeownership Application for Preference.

There are three ways to apply:

  1.   Online using the mobile-friendly application.

  2. In personat one of eleven application sites throughout the Portland Metro area (in-person application assistance will be available during select times at one of the sites each day of the open application period. Click here for a schedule of times and locations).

  3. Download a copy and submit by mail or drop it off at an application site during their regular business hours. 

Click here to sign up for updates on future application rounds and for ways you can help spread the word about this opportunity.

A message from Director Kurt Creager about Inclusionary Housing

As Portland continues to expand the programs and resources available to address the affordable housing and homelessness crisis, recent statewide legislation has provided municipalities such as ours with one additional tool to leverage in this effort – mandatory inclusionary zoning. 

Lifting the state preemption on Inclusionary Housing was the Portland City Council's top legislative priority in the 2016 Session. Senate Bill 1533, sponsored by Senator Michael Dembrow, passed the legislature in March with strong bipartisan support. With the adoption of SB 1533, the City of Portland is now able to pursue mandatory inclusionary housing and harness the economic power of the private market to increase the supply of affordable housing for low-income Portlanders. 

Commissioner Saltzman has already given the Housing Bureau direction to begin program development and deliver his office recommendations by September. 

Through Resolution 37187, the City has committed to a community-wide, data-driven discussion as this process moves forward, as well as a panel of housing experts to advise Commissioner Saltzman in the development of an inclusionary housing ordinance.

Inclusionary Housing Program Development - Panel of Housing Experts

Shannon Callahan – Office of Commissioner Saltzman

Matthew Tschabold – Portland Housing Bureau

Sarah Zahn – Portland Housing Advisory Commission, Gerding Edlen

Dike Dame – Portland Housing Advisory Commission, Williams and Dame Development

Dr. Lisa Bates – Portland State University

Dr. Ronald Lehr – KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.

Amanda Saul – Enterprise Community Partners

Vivian Satterfield – OPAL PDX

Margaret Tallmadge – Coalition of Communities of Color, Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission

Eric Cress – Urban Development + Partners

Greg Goodman – Downtown Development Group, Portland Business Alliance

Kira Cador – Rembold Companies

Nolan Lienhardt – ZGF, 1,000 Friends of Oregon

This panel will hold monthly public meetings beginning on April 26, 2016 from 8:00am to 10:00am in the Portland Building Auditorium at 1120 SW 5th Ave.

The Housing Bureau is committed to administering a program development process that is transparent and data-driven, with opportunities for input from stakeholders and interested parties. If you would like to stay informed of future meetings and opportunities to engage in the program development process, please sign up for our email list by clicking here.

If you have other questions, or are in need of additional information, please feel free to contact Matthew Tschabold, the Housing Bureau Equity and Policy Manager at, or visit the Housing Bureau website here.


Kurt Creager, Director
Portland Housing Bureau