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Solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland.

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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.

North/Northeast Neighborhood Housing Strategy: Frequently Asked Questions

A recommendation to Portland City Council is less than two weeks away. What you need to know:

On January 28, our recommendations for the $20 million North/Northeast Housing Strategy will go to Portland City Council for a vote. 

As we finalize our plan and get it ready to present to the public, we wanted to take this opportunity to recap some of the common themes and frequently asked questions we’ve heard from the community throughout this process, such as:

What other questions do you have for us? Email us at

Daily Journal of Commerce: Affordable Housing Projects Will Surge in 2015

Eight Portland Housing Bureau projects are slated for development or completion in 2015

"Affordable housing project will surge in 2015"

December 26, 2014
By Inka Bajandas, Daily Journal of Commerce

The Portland Housing Bureau is tackling eight affordable housing projects, and ground is scheduled to be broken on four of them in 2015.

LMC Construction crews are scheduled to start work in May 2015 on the $12.6 million, 47-unit Miracles Central project at 1306 N.E. Second Ave., Portland Housing Bureau spokeswoman Martha Calhoon said. The permanent housing complex designed by Carleton Hart Architecture will cater to individuals recovering from alcohol and drug dependency.

Construction is scheduled to start in early 2015 on a $4 million renovation of the 64-unit Allen Fremont senior housing complex at 221 N.E. Fremont St. Neither an architect nor a general contractor has been hired yet.

Two other senior affordable housing complexes – the 50-unit Bronaugh at 1434 S.W. Morrison St. and the 301-unit Westmoreland Union Manor at 16404 S.E. 23rd Ave. – are slated to receive renovations next year. The $13.4 million Bronaugh renovation is being designed by Carleton Hart Architecture. The $46.9 million Westmoreland Union Manor renovation is being designed by MWA Architects. Walsh Construction Co. will be the contractor for both projects.

A couple of new affordable housing complexes have entered the early stages of design. The NAYA Generations project is sponsored by the Native American Youth and Family Center and the St. Francis Park project is sponsored by Caritas Housing Initiatives.

Click here to read the full article from the Daily Journal of Commerce.

Severe Weather Notice for December 29 - 31

picture of a thermometerSevere Weather Notice: The National Weather Service forecasts lows between 7 degrees and 29 degrees with wind chill for the evenings of Monday, December 29 through Wednesday, December 31, 2014.

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

Community Voices Continue to Shape N/NE Neighborhood Housing Strategy

Ongoing community partnerships will be at the heart of the city's anti-displacement initiative in North and Northeast Portland

From the very beginning, community voices have driven the initiative to dedicate an extra $20 million to affordable housing in North and Northeast Portland. As the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) moves closer to a plan for how to invest that money, community voices continue to play a key role in guiding the work.

Picture of Mayor with 2 pastors

Together with Bishop Steven Holt of the International Fellowship Family, PHB co-hosted a gathering of North and Northeast Portland faith leaders this month, along with Mayor Charlie Hales, to continue the conversation of how to best serve a community deeply impacted by a long history of displacement.They discussed the challenges that inadequate parking places on the elderly, and stories of former neighbors who now come from as far as Damascus, Oregon and Woodland, Washington to access necessary services. Those who provided transitional shelter to vulnerable populations were concerned that there would be no permanent housing for them. Others spoke of the generation of young adults who will soon be leaving their parents' homes, but will have nowhere else to go in the neighborhoods — or the City — where they grew up.

Beyond housing, they spoke of the need to rebuild a sense of community. They reminisced about historic neighborhood businesses like House of Sound, Dean's Barbershop, and Neighborhood Bill's, and they shared the alienation of many who say the neighborhoods where they once attended elementary school no longer feel familiar to them. 

Five of these faith leaders, including Bishop Holt, have agreed to remain involved in this work as the initiative moves forward. They are Dr. Mark Strong of Life Change, Paula Dennis and Janice Norris of Blessed Temple Community Church, and Reverend Lynne Smouse Lopez of Ainsworth United Church of Christ

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