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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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Equity Meet and Greet

meet and greetmeet and greetmeet and greetmeet and greetIn anticipation of our soon to be released Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for affordable housing development, the Portland Housing Bureau partnered with the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber and Oregon Opportunity Network to hold a "meet and greet" yesterday with developers, prime contractors, property managers, architects, engineers and workforce partners.
The event encouraged partnerships to help increase opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses and to help increase PHB's equity goals.
Check back here to learn more about the upcoming 2014 NOFA.

Public Hearing Over Changes to HOLTE

PHB will hold a public hearing from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 28 at PHB, 421 S.W. Fifth Ave., Ste. 500, to discuss the proposed changes outlined below to the Homebuyer Opportunity Limited Tax Exemption (HOLTE) and System Development Charge (SDC) exemption homeownership programs. Please RSVP to Dory Van Bockel at dory.vanbockel@portlandoregon.gov if you plan to attend or if you wish to provide feedback in writing. Click here to view the changes.

City of Portland Hiring Housing Program Coordinator, Portland Housing Bureau

The Housing Access & Retention Team Program Coordinator in the Portland Housing Bureau works on behalf of Portland & Multnomah County's plan to end homelessness. The program coordinator will be responsible for planning, organizing, managing, and ensuring program results associated with the plan and will work as a member of a dynamic, productive team. This position is responsible for developing strategic partnerships; managing contracts with nonprofit partners; establishing and maintaining strong working relationships with contractors and service providers; facilitating an annual application for HUD Continuum of Care funds; helping to achieve equitable program access and outcomes for people of color; providing technical assistance to staff and contractors; coordinating and facilitating meetings and activities; and conducting program tracking, analysis and report preparation. Experience with interpreting and communicating complex federal regulations, planning or implementing programs effective at ending homelessness, ensuring equity, and resource development are desired. The Program Coordinator is expected to carry out responsibilities with initiative, independence and creativity while exercising sound professional judgment and problem-solving skills.

Applications are due at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 14. Please click here to learn more about qualifications, the recruiting process and how to apply. For questions, contact Janice McMillan Friday at 503-823-7691 or
Janice.McMillanFriday@portlandoregon.gov.

 

City of Portland Hiring Senior Program Manager, Portland Housing Bureau

The Portland Housing Bureau is recruiting for a Senior Program Manager for the Housing Investment and Portfolio Preservation Team (HIPP). This position is responsible for the day to day management of a team of thirteen employees with the objective of housing development and preservation. This position is responsible for preparing clear, concise and comprehensive reports, correspondence and other documents.

The incumbent is part the PHB’s Management Team and oversees PHB's housing development preservation objectives, will identify public and private resources to support program objectives, and will be developing short and long term strategies for the HIPP team that meet the Bureau's strategic plan. The incumbent is able to use critical thinking skills strategies to evaluate information, understand challenges and develop appropriate solutions. The Senior Program Manager ensures compliance with federal and local requirements in the development and ongoing operation of PHB funded projects.

The incumbent must have strong management skills and housing development experience with affordable housing finance and portfolio management. The incumbent must also be adept at communicating with and engaging a diverse community with experience leading high-profile, housing projects with significant community involvement and scrutiny. Incumbent must have proven experience in critical thinking and strategies that have assisted them in prior positions. This position requires experience and knowledge in managing complex federal program compliances. The Senior Program Manager will carry out their individual responsibilities with initiative, independence and creativity while exercising sound professional judgment and problem-solving skills as well as coordinate and develop collaborative partnerships with other divisions, bureaus, committees, and stakeholders.

Applications are due at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 14. Please click here to learn more about qualifications, the recruiting process and how to apply. For questions, contact Janice McMillan Friday at 503-823-7691 or
Janice.McMillanFriday@portlandoregon.gov.

Equity Stories Project

Equity Stories ProjectWhat does discrimination in housing look like? Through videos and high-quality photos, local residents told their own stories about facing discrimination in housing, transportation, community building and hunger.

Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) teamed up with Coalition for a Livable Future (CLF) to create the Equity Stories Project.

CAT partners with Portland Housing Bureau on its Renters Rights Hotline. The hotline helps tenants learn their rights and identifies households in need of habitability repairs related to mold and lead.

Several CAT members and Safe Housing Project participants took part in the Equity Stories Project. The stories illustrate the need to continue finding solutions for those experiencing discrimination. Of the 20 tenants that participated in the project, many were denied services or their location choice was compromised for reasons that were not overt fair housing violations. Because of multiple barriers, such as language, others hesitated to file formal complaints.