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N/NE Oversight Committee Report to Portland City Council

On Wednesday, the community-based Oversight Committee will give its first report on the City’s North/Northeast Portland anti-displacement efforts

N/NE Oversight Committee Report to Portland City Council

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 2pm

Council Chamber - Portland City Hall, 1221SW 4th Ave

Last January, the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) launched the N/NE Neighborhood Housing Strategy, a housing plan to begin to address the legacy of involuntary displacement in North and Northeast Portland. To ensure the highest level of accountability to the community, an Oversight Committee of community members was formed and charged by Portland City Council with the role of overseeing the implementation of the Strategy, and reporting to City Council annually on the success of PHB and its contractors in accomplishing the plan's established goals. Wednesday’s presentation will be the first report from the Committee on those efforts.

“I am very hopeful that this effort is going to make real, lasting and positive difference in peoples’ lives,” says Committee Chair Bishop Steven Holt. “We know all too well how many times people who are less represented have been relocated with little concern for them and the impact that it has on community. Portland’s history speaks to this. However, we are now involved in something that is turning this around. The Oversight Committee is committed to units on the ground, families in those units, and a healthy community to support it.”

In the last year, PHB has provided home retention support to 77 N/NE Portland households, developed a preference policy to prioritize displaced households for programming, and began pre-development on 81 affordable new apartments through the Strategy, which was developed with the input of more than 450 community members, as well as dozens of area faith leaders and community leaders.

“Taking on displacement in North and Northeast Portland has called on us as a city to recognize a painful history, where community members didn’t have a voice in decisions that would impact them for generations,” said Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who, with Mayor Charlie Hales, dedicated the $20 million in 2014 in response to a call from community leaders for investments to prevent further displacement. “I am grateful to Bishop Holt and the members of this committee for their service, and for this opportunity to look back with them on where we’ve been able to make an impact in the last year, and where we have more work to do.”

Click here for a list of Committee members and to read the full report.

Public Hearing: The Pearl District's Sitka Apartments Seeks Tax Exemption Extension

On Tuesday, February 2, the Portland Housing Advisory Commission (PHAC), the advisory group to the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB), will hold a public hearing to discuss an application being considered for approval for the Multiple-Unit Limited Tax Exemption (MULTE) Program. This isthe last application from 2015 to be considered.

The Sitka Apartments, located in the Pearl District, is eligible for an extension of the tax exemption it is currently receiving. Of the Sitka’s 209 units, 203 have rents restricted between 50% and 60% of area median income (currently about $29,000-$35,000 per year for a two-person household). The extended tax exemption will apply to the affordable portion of the project.

MULTE tax exemptions are intended to encourage private developers to include affordable units and other public benefits in their projects. The MULTE Program also allows for extensions of existing tax exemptions for the affordable portion of a project. 

Information about the MULTE program is available here. For questions about the MULTE program, contact Dory Van Bockel at 503-823-4469 or email by clicking here.

The hearing will be part of the regular monthly PHAC meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, February 2 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Portland Housing Bureau offices, located in Downtown Portland at 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500If you wish to provide public testimony, please sign up at the beginning of the meeting.

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Public Hearing: Proposed Buckman neigborhood development seeks affordable housing tax exemption

A fourth 2015 MULTE application will receive a public hearing at the January 5 meeting of the Portland Housing Advisory Commission.

On TuesdayJanuary 5, the Portland Housing Advisory Commission (PHAC), the advisory group to the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB), will hold a public hearing to discuss an application being considered for approval for the Multiple-Unit Limited Tax Exemption (MULTE) Program.

Since approving revisions to the program this summer, the City has already approved three MULTE applications this year for new projects that will include affordable housing units. This additional project is located on the Central Eastside in the Buckman neighborhood and will make 20% of the newly built apartments affordable to tenants earning no more than 80% of median family income (currently $47,050 per year for a two-person household).

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