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Portland Housing Bureau

Solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland.

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

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More Affordable Housing Planned for Portland's South Waterfront

Portland Housing Bureau, Home Forward, and the Portland Development Commission Partner to Increase South Waterfront Housing for Lowest-Income Portlanders

The Portland Development Commission (PDC), in partnership with the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB), released a Request for Proposals today for a new South Waterfront development that aims to create at least 200 affordable homes, as well as market-rate housing and commercial space. PDC, who owns the land, has made the site available for a joint mixed-use mixed-income development with PHB. As many as 90 of the housing units will be affordable to households earning less than 30% of the Median Family Income ($24,250 or below for a family of four) thanks to a  commitment from Home Forward to dedicate 80 rent assistance vouchers to the project, including 10 for homeless veterans. Home Forward’s contribution will also leverage other resources to support deeply affordable housing within the project.

“Through innovate thinking and collaboration, we are able to maximize affordable housing opportunities on this site,” said Commissioner Dan Saltzman. “South Waterfront offers many amenities and opportunities that should be available to Portlanders of all income levels.”  

The project is another step toward furthering the City’s affordable housing goals in the North Macadam Urban Renewal Area. “We offer our full support for this project, which is a key piece of our efforts in South Waterfront as we work to build a vibrant, diverse neighborhood,” said PDC executive director Patrick Quinton.

The project also aligns with the broader A Home For Everyone initiative. Earlier this year, the A Home For Everyone Executive Committee—including Commissioner Saltzman, Mayor Hales, and Michael Buonocore, Home Forward's executive director—approved a set of action plans to end Veteran homelessness across Multnomah County, and reduce unmet housing need among people experiencing homelessness by half over the next two years. 

The vouchers from Home Forward are part of the agency's new initiative dedicating 500 rent assistance vouchers over the next several years to projects that provide housing opportunity for low-income families in neighborhoods with good schools and amenities. 

“We are pleased to support an effort that gives more low-income families the ability to live in a great area,” said Michael Buonocore, Home Forward executive director. “In addition, the development will provide at least another 10 apartments for very low-income residents beyond the 80 our vouchers will create. This is the multiplier effect we hoped committing our resources could have.”

The PDC-owned site, known as Riverplace Parcel 3, is nearly 88,000 square feet located on the southwest corner of SW River Parkway and SW Moody Avenue in Portland’s central city RiverPlace neighborhood. It’s also in close proximity to the Oregon Health and Science University campus, where many Veterans access critical services through the Portland VA Medical Center.

Download the full RFP here.


A New Chapter: Director Traci Manning Announces Her Resignation

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Today, Portland Housing Bureau Director Traci Manning announced that she will be leaving her position at the Bureau at the end of this month, sharing the following words with staff and colleagues:

"I couldn’t be more proud of the work that the Portland Housing Bureau does for the citizens of Portland. And, it is on a path to increase its positive impact and the public good that it produces for the City. It has a very strong, capable and committed leadership team and staff that are deeply dedicated to creating equity and opportunity through the Bureau's work.

This is not a career decision for me, but rather a life change for my husband and I. He left his corporate job to start his own company last year, one he can often run remotely. We have frequently talked about living differently - downsizing to live more simply and intentionally. Now is the opportunity to do so. We'll be based out of Portland while traveling the mountains and trails that we love.

I feel humbled by the time I have gotten to work in this role and in a field that is so important to the well-being of our community and neighbors. I feel strongly that what we accomplish is due in no small part to the tremendous partners working by our side." 

Traci was appointed as PHB Director in 2011 after 18 years at Central City Concern. Read more about her here. Traci's last day at the Bureau will be April 30, 2015.

The Housing Bureau thanks Traci for her tremendous service and leadership, and wishes her well as she prepares to embark on this new chapter.



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.

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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!