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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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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 (en español: or on Facebook at

To receive information and reminders about upcoming fairs, email   

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.

FY 15-16 Public Budget Forums

If you'd like an opportunity to weigh on the City of Portland budget or view the City budget process, public meetings will be held between March and May.

City Utility Rate Review: Thursday, March 12, 6:30-8:30pm (lobby open at 6pm for bureau displays), Montgomery Park Banquet Room, 2701 NW Vaughn, 97210

Community Budget Forum: Thursday, April 16, 6:30-8:30pm: Floyd Light Middle School, 10800 SE Washington St, 97216

Community Budget Forum: Thursday, May 7, 6:30-8:30pm: Roosevelt High School, 6941 N Central St, 97203

Budget Committee Public Hearing: Wednesday, May 20th, 6:30-8:30pm, City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave, 97204


Public Hearing: Proposal Seeks Tax Exemption for Boise Neighborhood Development Project

Project proposal could add affordable housing in neighborhood impacted by displacement.

UPDATE: This public hearing has been delayed and will not take place on February 3. We will announce the new date as soon as it has been confirmed.


On February 3, the Portland Housing Advisory Commission (PHAC), the advisory group to the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB), will hold a public hearing on a project application for the Multiple-Unit Limited Tax Exemption (MULTE) Program, scheduled to go before City Council in March.

The project site is located in the Boise neighborhood within the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area and will provide 29 affordable rental units within a market rate, mixed-use development. The Boise neighborhood is one of several in Northeast Portland that have been heavily impacted by displacement and is one of the City of Portland’s priority areas for affordable housing development. The North and Northeast Portland community has called for more affordable housing options as well as mixed-use developments to support and retain local businesses. Tax exemptions such as the MULTE are intended to encourage private developers to include affordable units and other public benefits in planned projects.

A second application round in 2014 for the MULTE Program opened last October. The selected application provides sufficient public benefits to meet the program requirements and the applicant has further committed to conducting outreach through area businesses, churches, and community organizations to ensure the local community has an opportunity to access the new affordable housing when the units become available. The application will be presented to City Council for final approval on March 4. If approved, the project will receive a 10-year tax exemption on the assessed value of the residential structural improvements (property taxes on the assessed value of the land will still be paid by the owner.) 

For more information on the MULTE program, click here or contact Dory Van Bockel at

If you wish to provide public testimony at the PHAC hearing about the MULTE application, you may sign up at the beginning of the meeting.