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Portland Housing Bureau

Solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland.

Phone: 503-823-2375

fax: 503-823-2387

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

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Marking a Milestone at Glisan Commons

GlisanGlisanGlisanGlisanHousing Commissioner Dan Saltzman and Portland Housing Bureau Director Traci Manning attended a celebration today with Portland Housing Bureau's partners from REACH CDC, Human Solutions and Ride Connection.

The celebration marked a milestone for Glisan Commons, a mixed-use transit oriented housing development, which will be the new headquarters for Ride Connection. Phase I, developed by Human Solutions, provides 67 units of housing for people earning 30 to 60 percent Median Family Income (MFI), or $15,000 to $30,000 for a single-family household. Phase II, which REACH CDC broke ground on today, will include 60 affordable homes for senior.

Not only does Glisan Commons provide more options in an area where more affordable homes are badly needed, but our community is also getting a new operations center that will bring 20 living-wage jobs. With the MAX line and the six bus lines, Glisan Commons is also in a transit hub.

PHB contributed $2.7 million to Glisan Commons. Other partners include Housing Development Center, Bank of America, Oregon Housing and Community Services, ODOT, TriMet and Network for Oregon Affordable Housing.


Warm Clothes, Volunteers Still Needed

As the last of the snow melts from our week of severe weather, a need continues for those who help Portland's most vulnerable citizens. Please click to learn about volunteer opportunities and donation sites for cold weather gear.

Winter Weather Response

On a given winter night in Portland, approximately 1,000 shelter beds are available to community members experiencing homelessness. Beyond that capacity, the City of Portland and its partners activate a planned, coordinated response to severe weather events to expand overnight shelter and day services. That response was activated Monday, Feb. 3, and continued through this morning. Our partners and volunteers from Red Cross, JOIN, Transition Projects, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Salvation Army and Union Gospel Mission opened their facilities as 24-hour warming shelters. During this severe weather event, those partners provided overnight shelter to more than 350 additional people each night.

Portland Housing Bureau staff followed its severe weather standard operating procedure. Members of our homeless team were on 24-hour call shifts, actively assessing resource needs and coordinating responses with other City bureaus and our nonprofit partners. The team led a daily call with our partner service providers, Multnomah County and City bureaus of Emergency Management, Fire & Rescue and Police

Outreach workers at JOIN actively searched for people still on the street, working 16-18 hours shifts since Monday. Outreach workers coordinated with 211Info, the communications lead for coordinating transportation to shelter. 211Info fielded thousands of calls from the public and assessed shelter capacity and available transportation. In addition to moving people into shelter in their large passenger vans, Portland Fire & Rescue also helped to secure kennels from Multnomah County Animal Control so shelters could accommodate both people and their pets. The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office laundered more than 200 blankets for shelters.

Though this response to severe weather conditions is part of our annual planning, the frequency and duration of severe weather has strained volunteer capacity and left our providers depleted of cold weather supplies, such as coats, blankets, gloves, hats, blankets and tarps. Please visit 211Info to learn about donation sites and opportunities to get certified as a volunteer with the Red Cross.

Severe Weather Shelters OPEN

Severe Weather Shelters continue to be open tonight, Sunday, Feb. 9. Outreach workers and warming shelters are running dangerously low on gloves, hats, blankets, coats, tarps and other cold weather gear. Please call 211Info for updates and information about sites to donate supplies.

Severe Weather Shelters OPEN

Severe weather continues to create dangerous conditions for people sleeping outside. Severe Weather Shelters are OPEN tonight, Friday, Feb. 7 to Saturday night, Feb. 8. Street outreach workers are running low on cold weather gear such as coats, hats, gloves, tarps and sleeping bags. If you can donate, or volunteer your time at a warming shelter, please contact 211Info.