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Solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland.

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Housing Bureau Director Kurt Creager Moderates City Club Forum: Portland's Housing Crisis Part 1: Is Portland Facing a "Renter State of Emergency?"

This summer, Portland renters saw a surge in no-cause evictions and dramatically increased rents. The impacts can be devastating physically, mentally and socially, with lost access to affordable housing, transportation, community, neighborhood schools and basic family stability. More and more, people are asking: Is affordable housing still attainable in Portland? What policy changes or creative solutions are needed to keep Portland affordable?

Meet Kurt Creager, the City of Portland's new Director of Housing; and hear from Martha McLennan, Executive Director of NW Housing Alternatives, Israel Bayer, Executive Director of Street Roots and Eli Spevak, Founder of Orange Splott. This is the first of two City Club Friday Forums focused on the housing crisis in Portland. Join us again October 9th as we discuss In-Fill vs Historic Preservation.

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Fair Housing Community Meeting: Evidence of Barriers to Housing Choice

Join the Fair Housing Advocacy Committee to review the latest evidence of housing disparities in our community and be part of the process to shape our community's Fair Housing assessment.


Fair Housing Assessment Meeting: Evidence of Barriers to Housing Choice

This is the second of three community meetings to shape and inform our community's Fair Housing Assessment. In this meeting, we will review evidence of disparities in housing access and barriers to housing choice in Portland, Gresham, and throughout Multnomah County.

Wednesday, September 30

4:00 − 7:00pm

16126 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97233

 Please click here to RSVP if you plan to attend.
For childcare, language services, or accessibility requests, or for more information, contact Kim McCarty at 503-823-5312.

Additional upcoming meetings:

  • 10/13/2015 Fair Housing Assessment Meeting # 3
  • 10/14/2015 Portland and Multnomah County Community Need Meeting
  • 10/21/2015 Gresham and East Multnomah County Community Need Meeting

All dates, times, and locations will be published on the Portland Housing Bureau's website. Check here for updates.

Equal Access and Non-Discrimination Policy: For ADA Title II or Civil Rights Title VI Accommodations, Translation/Interpretation Services, Complaints, or for additional information call 503-823-5312, TTY: 503-823-6868, or use Oregon Relay Service: 711.

Please note: The City of Portland is a fragrance-free workplace. Help us make all public spaces places where everyone can breathe, and please avoid using scented products when visiting City offices or public meetings.

City Releases Final Report on State of Housing Market and Affordability

The final 2015 report provides market updates and a new, more detailed look at the City's own policies, programs, and funding for affordable housing.

The Portland Housing Bureau released the final State of Housing in Portland 2015 Report today, the follow-up to a preliminary report on the city’s housing market published earlier this spring. 

The report provides a real-time look at Portland’s housing market by geography, housing type, and the relative affordability to Portlanders based on their income, household composition, race, and ethnicity. This final report updates those figures where new data has become available and closely examines the City’s own policies, programs, and funding for affordable housing.

A detailed look at the Housing Bureau’s production shows more than 1,100 new units of affordable housing currently in development, including more than 170 targeted toward extremely low-income households (those earning up to $22,050 for a family of four.)

New additions to the report also examine the City’s progress toward affordable housing policy goals established in various City plans dating back to 1980. 

“This gives us a clear picture of where we have been successful as a City in meeting and exceeding our affordable housing goals, and where we still have more work to do,” said Housing Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who commissioned the report last year. “We now have a roadmap of where we need renewed focus to maximize the impact of our resources – and where we will need new tools and resources to achieve our goals.”

In the urban renewal areas, the City is meeting or exceeding affordable housing set-aside funding levels across the board, but overall success in production and program implementation varied by district and, frequently, by the resources available there.

The analysis also shows successes in the Central City, particularly on the west side, where regulated rental unit production remains high in an area of the city with a high concentration of extremely low-income households, and where programs are serving a diversity of Portlanders.

Report findings also show the overall picture in the market continues to be dire:

  • Rents across the city increased since this time last year by more than $100 per month, on average.
  • Housing cost and income disparities continue to limit housing opportunity for the average Black, Native American, and Alaska Native Portland household in every neighborhood in Portland, and are increasingly impacting Latino households and households headed by single mothers as well.
  • Inflation-adjusted incomes have remained relatively flat, and Portlanders have generally not seen increases in household income to counterbalance increased housing costs.

“There is no more pressing issue facing our city right now than affordable housing. We must work to ensure that Portland’s families can afford to live and succeed here. We’ve been given a clear path forward and I’m committed to action,” Saltzman said.

The report will be presented to Portland City Council at 2pm on Wednesday, September 30th.

Click here to download the full report.

New and Improved Tax Exemptions Available for Affordable Housing Development

The Portland Housing Bureau is now accepting applications for updated Multiple-Unit Limited Tax Exemption Program.

The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) is now accepting applications for tax exemptions to encourage new affordable housing development. Earlier this month, Portland City Council and the Multnomah County Commission approved changes to the City’s Multiple-Unit Limited Tax Exemption Program (MULTE) to improve access and ease of use for private developers.

The MULTE program provides a ten-year property tax exemption on housing units in new projects that reserve 20% of those units for low- to moderate-income residents. The recent changes to the program increased the annual cap from $1 million to $3 million, eliminated the competitive process to better align with construction and financing timelines, expanded the geographic areas where it can be used, and clarified compliance requirements to create greater predictability for investors.

“It’s going to take a variety of tools and partnerships to ensure we have enough housing throughout the city that Portlanders can afford,” said Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees the Portland Housing Bureau. “Expanding this program was an important and immediate step to improve on the tools we have to increase affordable housing production in the private market.”

The Housing Bureau expects to add roughly 200 - 300 new affordable housing units per year through increased participation in the program.

“Our community desperately needs more affordable housing,” said Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury. “The important changes we’ve made to expand this program will make it easier for business owners to partner with us in achieving that goal.”

Interested applicants should contact Dory Van Bockel, MULTE Program Coordinator at the Portland Housing Bureau, at 503-823-4469 or, to schedule a pre-application meeting. 

Community Process to Further Fair Housing in Multnomah County Begins This Month

UPDATED MEETING TIMES: Members of the public are invited to participate in a series of Fair Housing discussions to shape our community's upcoming Five-Year Plan for federal spending priorities.

Fair Housing LogoThe Fair Housing Advocacy Committee invites you to be part of the discussions that will shape our community's plan to expand housing choice for everyone over the next five years. 

This planning process will help the City of Portland, Multnomah County, and the City of Gresham determine the community's needs, identify strategies, and prioritize resources for housing and community economic development.

Please mark your calendars for the dates below and join us to learn more about the impact of market conditions, housing policy, and illegal housing discrimination on housing choice in our community — and make your voice part of the solution. 

Phase One: Fair Housing Assessment

Over the course of three meetings, we will review evidence of disparities in housing access in our community. Please RSVP for food, childcare, language services, or accessibility requests to Kim McCarty at (503) 823-5312.

Meeting #2 
Evidence Barriers to Housing Choice
Wednesday, September 30
4:00 − 7:00pm
16126 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97233

Click Here for A Complete List of Meeting Dates, Times, and Locations.