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Portland Housing Bureau is pleased to announce that Javier Mena accepted the position of Assistant Housing Director and will begin immediately.
Javier brings unique private/public sector background and on-the-job experience to this position. He served as PHB’s interim Assistant Housing Director since August.
Since joining PHB in July 2010, Javier contributed to the Bureau as the Asset Manager. He brought leadership to his team and oversaw a streamlining of processes, resulting in more efficiency.
In his new role, Javier will continue to strengthen relationships with our partners, contribute to our Equity Agenda and continue to merge our Bureau’s objectives to better serve our partners and leverage resources.
“Javier will move us aggressively toward further integration so that we offer greater service to our partners, so our rental housing is ending homelessness and our homeownership programs are working with people currently in our housing portfolio,” said Traci Manning, PHB Director.
Originally from Ecuador, Javier holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Portland State University. He has a 14-year background in the financial industry. In 2006, Javier ventured into the public sector as a Program Coordinator for Portland Development Commissioner’s Neighborhood Housing Program. There, he focused on closing the minority homeownership gap.
Javier’s passion for this work stems from a belief that Portland can be a diverse, thriving City that creates opportunities for all of its people.
Multnomah County Commissioner Liesl Wendt and Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman have asked the community for donations of winter gear and volunteer time. The recent cold snap created a consecutive nine-day severe weather event that depleted supplies, primarily blankets, at several nonprofit agencies.
Community partners, who already perform extraordinary work with limited resources, stretched those resources even further to open volunteer-staffed emergency shelters and to distribute blankets and winter gear.
For information about how to give and how to volunteer, visit 211info.org or call 2-1-1.
The Strategic Plan has been pivotal in guiding decision at all levels within the Bureau, and most importantly, directing our budget development priorities. As we approach the end of the third year, PHB is evaluating and enhancing the plan.
The updated Strategic Plan will improve our accountability to our partners and transparency within the community by setting clear, measurable outcome goals and moving PHB closer to being a more data-driven organization.
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In this holiday season, as we are mindful of all we have to be thankful for, we are often inspired to share with those who have less. Portland Housing Bureau's partners are nationally recognized organizations that will do even more with your support.
With our partners, we preserved or created affordable homes, increased opportunities for homeownership and helped people experiencing poverty regain homes.
In 2013 we developed, rehabilitated and preserved more than 600 units affordable to households earning between 0 and 60% Median Family Income (MFI). With our partners at Home Forward and Lifeworks Northwest, we investment nearly $4.5 million in Beech Street Apartments, a development in Northeast Portland that will provide permanent homes with supportive services and expand a culturally-focused residential treatment program, Project Network.
In a time of growing need and declining resources, we are focused on continuing to providing value to taxpayers. Our investments leverage substantial public and private money, stretching limited tax dollars and delivering great outcomes. With our partners from Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), Proud Ground, Hacienda CDC, African American Alliance for Homeownership (AAAH), Portland Housing Center and Portland Community Reinvestment Initiative (PCRI), PHB helped 345 households become homeowners in 2013 through homebuyer education, counseling and down payment assistance.
In 2013 we prevented or ended homelessness for 2,231 households through short-term rent assistance with our partners from Home Forward, City of Gresham and Multnomah County. This includes rent or mortgage payment, deposits and application fees, move-in costs and support services to households earning between 0 and 50% MFI. Nearly 90% of households receiving short term rent assistance and eviction prevention retain their housing at six months after receiving assistance.
Please support our partners in their work.
Severe Weather Shelters continue to be OPEN today, Wednesday, Dec. 11. Please call or click 211Info for updates.