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Solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland.

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Portland Housing Bureau Announces Opportunity Fund Award

The nonprofit Portland Habilitation Center will develop additional affordable family housing in East County with PHB support.

City Awards Opportunity Fund to

Portland Habilitation Center for East Portland Housing Development

The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) is pleased to announce the award of $749,000 from its Opportunity Fund for the development of a 33-unit affordable family-sized housing project in East Portland to be developed by the Portland Habilitation Center at a total estimated cost of $4.2 million.

The Opportunity Fund was created in 2014 in order to invest in projects that utilize strategies to reduce the costs of developing affordable housing, and provide a flexible funding mechanism.

“We are proud to partner with the Portland Habilitation Center in ensuring that more East Portland school children will have a safe, stable place to call home,” said City of Portland Housing Commissioner Dan Saltzman. “This model benefits taxpayers by providing affordable units at a lower cost of production. It is a way of doing business we will continue to replicate in the future.” 

The project site at SE 143rd and Burnside sits between four school districts (David Douglas, Parkrose, Reynolds, and Centennial), where 75% of the 30,000 students are low-income and 60% are from communities of color. The project will serve low-income families with children attending East Portland school districts and will add to the Portland Habilitation Center’s portfolio of 600 affordable rentals in the area.

“This support from the City will allow us to build more housing and further our work to meet the needs of the families in East Portland,” says Deb Houston, Interim CEO of the Portland Habilitation Center. In addition to housing, they plan to include a community room where they hope to offer wrap-around services, such as tutoring and budgeting classes. “These are our hopes and dreams,” Houston says. “The Opportunity Fund award helps us accomplish some of that.” Houston adds that the more nimble funding process allowed them to take advantage of opportunities that will help control project costs. 

The development team also includes Home First Development, Jivanjee Circosta Architecture, and SILCO Commercial Construction.

 

A Chance to Learn More About Our Upcoming Federal Investments

The 2015-16 Annual Action Plan presentation will take place on April 7, 2015

2015-16 Annual Action Plan Presentation

Presented by the City of Portland, Multnomah County, and the City of Gresham

Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 5:00 — 6:30pm

(Dinner served at 5:00, presentation begins at 5:30)

Portland Housing Bureau

421 SW 6th, Suite 500

Portland, OR 97204

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Photo of Annnual Action Plan Community Need Meeting in Gresham, December 11, 2014

  

Join us to learn about how Multnomah County and the cities of Portland and Gresham plan to invest federal funds in housing and community economic development in the coming year — and share your comments and questions.

Click here if you are planning to attend. Your registration is appreciated, but not required.

To request childcare or translation services, please call 503-823-5312 three days in advance.

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New Faces at the Portland Housing Bureau

The Portland Housing Bureau welcomes new staff members in 2015.

 

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Dana Ingram
Housing Program Coordinator/Contract Manager

Dana has worked in housing and lending for more than 15 years, with a focus on addressing historic barriers to homeownership among minorities and narrowing the homeownership gap in Portland and surrounding areas. Before she joined the Portland Housing Bureau in January 2015, Dana worked at the Portland Housing Center, where she lead a program that empowers minorities to increase their financial security through financial fitness courses. 

"I have been fortunate to see firsthand how the opportunity for stable homeownership can transform lives and communities. Helping Portlanders work to overcome barriers and go on to achieve the security of owning their own home has been hugely rewarding. By narrowing the homeownership gap, we build stronger neighborhoods and a stronger city for everyone. I'm excited to bring my experience in this field to support the Housing Bureau’s mission of solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland and assuring equitable access to healthy neighborhoods, and safe, stable housing."

 


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Michelle DePass
Outreach and Policy Coordinator 

“I’m delighted to participate in PHB's effort to engage our partners and stakeholders to create the strong, vibrant community we all envision. I am looking forward to having those conversations around housing barriers and opportunities together,” says Michelle, who joined the Housing Bureau this month. Michelle will help shape bureau policy through deepened community engagement work.

Michelle brings a focus on equity to her role and says her vision of a sustainable community is one that is inclusive and welcoming to all, and "ensures that the benefits and burdens of growth are equally shared among the members of our community." 

Michelle studied Community Development at Portland State University and Sustainable Business at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. She joins the Housing Bureau most recently from Metro, where she developed and presented policy trainings, and managed the Minority, Women and Emerging Small Business program. 

She calls herself a proud Portland native who has lived in Caracas, Guadalajara, Los Angeles, and Washington DC.


Photo of Bobby DanielsBobby L. Daniels Jr.
Sr. Construction Coordinator

As an architectural professional, Bobby has almost 20 years of construction related experience. He has managed and designed residential, commercial, institutional, mixed-use, and educational projects throughout city. Most recently, Bobby oversaw the completion of numerous capital improvement projects for Portland Public Schools and Oregon Health & Science University.

A first generation Portlander, Bobby received his Architecture degree from PSU with aspirations to influence the revitalization of the city’s underserved communities.

"At the heart of the architectural profession is the innate desire to shelter us all. To that end, the Portland Housing Bureau is engaged in solving the city’s housing affordability challenge. Can you imagine a Portland where everyone, regardless of socio-economics, is given the opportunity to live in a healthy, safe, stable home within their means? Well, I can’t imagine not being a part of the team that makes that happen."


 


Please join us in welcoming Dana, Michelle, and Bobby to the team!

Fix-It-Fair on Saturday, February 21

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. ¡Clases en español!

David Douglas High School
1001 SE 135th Ave​

The Fix-It Fair is a free event where you can learn simple and effective ways to save money at home and stay healthy this winter and beyond. 

Featuring exhibits from numerous community partners, this event also includes an extensive schedule of workshops held throughout the day. Experts will be available to talk with you about water and energy savings, personal health, food and nutrition, community resources, recycling, yard care and more!

Special workshops taught in Spanish are offered at the David Douglas Fair in February. Free professional childcare and lunch are also provided.

To find out more information about scheduled workshops, visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/fif (en español: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/fif/esp) or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FixItFairPDX

To receive information and reminders about upcoming fairs, email fixitfair@portlandoregon.gov.   

The Fix-It Fairs are presented by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability with support from the following sponsors: Energy Trust of Oregon, Pacific Power, Portland Water Bureau and KUNP Univision.