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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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Portland Housing Advisory Commission Seeks Four New Members

April 30, 2014

Portland Housing Advisory Commission (PHAC), a volunteer public advisory body that advises Portland Housing Bureau’s Director, Housing Commissioner, and Portland City Council on a range of housing policy and program issues, seeks new members to fill four open seats.

The mission of the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) is to focus community resources on the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland. We accomplish this with expertise and direction from the PHAC.

PHB looks to the PHAC to bring ideas, analysis and diverse perspectives to the table; to highlight opportunities for influence between the City’s housing system and other systems; and to provide an inclusive forum for public input on housing issues. The PHAC promotes improvements within PHB and the larger housing system, advises on issues of equity in access and outcomes for Portlanders in PHB programs, and increases the profile of PHB in the community. The PHAC functions as the PHB Budget Advisory Committee, satisfying local requirements for citizen participation in the City’s annual budget process. In this role, the PHAC assists in aligning PHB’s resources—including federal funds, local general fund, and the “Affordable Housing Set-aside” of tax increment funds generated through urban renewal—to PHB's mission. The PHAC also plays a role in federal regulatory compliance.

We encourage you to apply to be a member of the PHAC or a sub-committee. The application deadline is May 30, 2014. Please click here for the application or find it posted here, Return the completed application to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), who will forward your application to the PHB. Complete instructions are available on the form.

For more information, contact Daynelle Banks at or 503-823-3403.


2012-13 Residential Tax Exemption Program Annual Report

The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) administers the Limited Tax Exemption (LTE) programs on behalf of the City of Portland. The LTE programs support affordable housing and leverage private housing development to advance the City’s housing and economic prosperity goals in a time of declining resources and limited availability of public subsidy. Property tax exemptions provide a financial incentive for affordable housing by reducing the property taxes owed on a property.

This report covers and provides data on program activity during Fiscal Year 2012-13, and estimates how that activity will affect property tax revenues for Tax Year 2013-14. Overall, the approximately 14,000 units currently receiving tax exemptions amount to roughly $18 million of foregone revenue to the City of Portland, Multnomah County, area school districts and other taxing jurisdictions for the year. Of the total 14,000 units, roughly 9,600 receive exemptions through the Non-Profit LTE program equaling close to $11 million in foregone revenue. The total foregone property tax revenue increased from an estimated $16 million in Tax Year 2012-13 to an expected $18 million in Tax Year 2013-14, largely due to the slight increase in property values and additional rental units approved for tax exemptions. The net additional foregone revenue as a result of the LTE programs for the year after accounting for the number of units with exemptions ending is actually only about $200,000. The number of homeownership units with tax exemptions has decreased, largely due to the number of units with expiring exemptions but also because of increased compliance m

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare Hiring Program Manager

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is seeking a talented program/project manager who brings a positive approach, attention to detail, creativity, effective communication and organizational skills, and a dedication to excellence in services. Full time management position responsible for leadership and operations of a 24/7 staffed permanent supportive housing facility for 50 residents located in NE Portland. Prescott Terrace staff provides a wide range of therapeutic treatment services on-site and in the community.  This program utilizes electronic medical records system for client records and insurance billing.

To apply for Job # 2283 / Program Manager - click on the following link!!

April is Fair Housing Month


Fair Housing education and outreach are essential components of the Fair Housing Action Plan. When Mayor Hales and Commission Saltzman declared April 2014 as Fair Housing Month they also honored students Rebecca Celsi, an eighth grader from Access Academy and Medini Madhusudan, a fourth grader from Springville School. Their Fair Housing poster drawings won the first place for their age categories and they tell us why fair housing matters. Visit our Fair Housing web page to read the Fair Housing Report.

Public Hearing Over Changes to HOLTE

Portland Housing Bureau will hold a public hearing from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 28 at the PHB, 421 S.W. Sixth Ave., Ste. 500, to discuss proposed changes

to the Homebuyer Opportunity Limited Tax Exemption (HOLTE) and System Development Charge (SDC) Exemption homeownership

programs. Click here to view changes. Please RSVP if you plan to attend or provide you feedback in writing to