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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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PHB Welcomes Matthew Tschabold as Policy & Equity Manager

The position will guide housing policy and Bureau investments with a focus on race equity

 Photo of Matthew TschaboldPHB is thrilled to welcome Matthew Tschabold as the Bureau's new Equity & Policy Manager.

"Cities may be the best, last place for common ground," Matthew says. "As I join the Portland Housing Bureau, I am excited to be a part of the larger conversation of who we want to be as a community and how we get there. Housing security is a fundamental human right, and a platform from which we can transform our lives. I am looking forward to the challenge and opportunity of making sure that, as Portland continues to grow, there aren't those who continue to be left behind." 

Matthew joins PHB most recently from the Oregon Department of Education, where he worked on the development of data-driven community investment strategies based on equity and indicators of need. His background in urban policy, public finance, and governance includes work with the State of Oregon, governments and institutions of Cambodia and Macedonia, the City of New York, and the United States Peace Corps.

In this role, Matthew will lead the development of policies to aid PHB in removing systemic barriers to housing opportunity, starting with issues of race, and ensure equitable outcomes from Bureau investments. The position reflects PHB's ongoing commitment to social justice in the delivery of housing to all residents of Portland’s diverse communities. 

Homeless Service Providers in Need of Winter Gear Donations

Below-freezing temperatures will continue through the weekend

The early arrival of cold weather this year has strained many local organizations to be able to provide enough life-saving winter gear for those experiencing homelessness. With below-freezing temperatures predicted to continue throughout the weekend, providers serving the homeless community are in need of donations ranging from coats, socks, and hats, to tarps and toiletries.

The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) and community partners are asking the public to visit for information on current needs and where to make donations.

In response to severe weather conditions, PHB activated protocols on Tuesday to add shelter capacity in addition to existing year-round facilities and recently opened winter shelter. Since then, roughly 400 people per night have sought emergency shelter, receiving blankets and other gear they will need to survive the cold as well.

Service organizations will need the continued support of the community to be able to sustain these efforts through the winter.

211info coordinates resources and emergency shelter transportation through a grant from PHB. PHB is asking the public to visit for a complete list of what items are needed and locations where donations can be dropped off.

Emergency Shelter Will Open for Severe Weather Conditions 11/11 and 11/12

Those in need of shelter and transportation should dial 2-1-1

The Portland Housing Bureau has activated severe weather protocols for tonight (Tuesday, 11/11) and tomorrow night (Wednesday 11/12). Emergency shelters will be open and 211info is coordinating resources.

The National Weather Service forecasts low temperatures around 30 degrees and wind chill at 25 degrees and below after 5pm. It's predicted to be very windy with an east wind around 30mph, and gusts as high as 39mph beginning Tuesday, November 11th. On Wednesday, November 12th there is a chance of rain before 11pm, then rain, possibly mixed with freezing rain. The expected low temperature is 32, with wind chill below 25 degrees after 8pm.

Anyone seeking shelter should contact 211info by dialing 2-1-1. 211info will be available to identify shelter and warming center resources 24/7. Additionally, shelter information is available at

Service providers who would like to update information about services they offer during Severe Weather Notices, call Troy Hammond at (503) 504-9867.

Click here for a current list of emergency shelter services or contact 211Info.

Portland Exceeds Goal to House Disabled Homeless Veterans

City of Portland, Multnomah County, and other leaders in the effort to end homelessness to recognize local landlords that aided the effort

What – Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, VA Portland Health Care System Director Joanne M. Krumberger, and others will present a “Homes for Heroes” award to landlords who have been instrumental in the local effort to house our disabled homeless veterans.

When – November 10, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Where – Portland City Hall Atrium

Who – Media and the public is invited


PORTLAND, Ore.—No man or woman who has stepped forward to serve our nation should ever go without a safe, stable place to call home. Yet we know too well that many soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines return from service only to fall into homelessness. For those whose homelessness lasts a year or longer, hurdles to finding stability can be impossible to overcome alone.

This past April, a team from Portland, including staff from Multnomah County, the City of Portland, the VA, and Home Forward joined the 25 Cities Initiative, a national movement to intensify local efforts to end veterans’ homelessness. The team set an ambitious goal for the local community: provide homes for 100 disabled veterans experiencing homelessness by Veterans Day. The goal was adopted as part of the community effort, A Home for Everyone, and supported by the many organizations that have joined the collective fight against homelessness. With the deadline less than a week away, Portland has already exceeded this goal, housing 139 as of the end of September.

“This is evidence that with focused will -- together as a community -- we can do right by the people who have served our country,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. 

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2014 HUD report on homelessness

Latest homeless estimates not a complete picture for Multnomah County

You may have heard or read in the news of HUD’s latest estimate of the number of people experiencing homelessness in the United States. The 2014 HUD Annual Homeless Assessment Report may be useful in tracking the national trends, but because of issues related to data reporting rather than people, it does not provide an accurate comparison of homelessness from year to year in our community.

Unfortunately, most of the decrease in homelessness reported for Multnomah County this year reflects a partial shelter count and a change in the way HUD classifies some homeless programs. No new count of unsheltered individuals was conducted last year. The next count will be conducted the last week of January, 2015.

That said, as a community we have committed to a new way of doing business. We are working together across government lines toward ending homelessness for the most vulnerable members of our community, including an on-going collaborative that is housing homeless disabled veterans. We look forward to proving that we can change these numbers in a real and meaningful way. 

Dan Saltzman, Commissioner, City of Portland
Deborah Kafoury, Chair, Multnomah County
Traci Manning, Director, Portland Housing Bureau   

For more information, contact Martha Calhoon in the Portland Housing Bureau at