421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204
The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, September 6, 2016
On Tuesday, September 6, the Portland Housing Advisory Commission (PHAC), the advisory group to the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB), will hold a public hearing to discuss three new applications being considered for the Multiple-Unit Limited Tax Exemption (MULTE) Program.
Two applications are for projects being developed by Koz Development – one in Northwest Portland at NW 16th Avenue and NW Marshall Street, and another in Southwest Portland at SW 4th Avenue and Grant Street – for a combined total of 235 new units (47 of which would be affordable to households earning no more than 60% of the area median income).
The third application is for a project by the Portland Development Commission, which will bring 54 new units (16 of which would be affordable to households earning no more than 60% of the area median income) to Southeast Portland’s Lents neighborhood at SE 91st Avenue and SE Foster Road.
Tax exemption programs promote the inclusion of affordable housing and other public benefits in new developments. PHB can approve up to $3 million in new tax exemptions each year.
The hearing will take place Tuesday, September 6 during the monthly PHAC meeting, held from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at the Portland Housing Bureau offices in Downtown Portland, located at 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500.
Interested developers and stakeholders will need to submit their materials to the housing bureau by September 1, 2016
To: Interested Developers and Stakeholders
From: Kurt Creager, PHB Director
RE: Fast Start Program
ORS Chapter 279 includes the “Public Contracting Code (PCC)” which sets forth the regulations governing public contracting and Section 279A.025 of the PCC exempts the “acquisitions or disposals of real property or interest in real property” from these rules. Because acquisitions and dispositions are exempt from the PCC and, consequently, the City's procurement rules, PHB is able to negotiate directly with a prospective purchaser regarding the transfer of land and PHB funding for that project.
For several years, PHB has selected developers/owners for PHB property through public solicitations including “Requests for Proposals (RFPs),” “Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs)”, and “Requests for Qualifications (RFQs)”. Although not required to conform to the PCC or City procurement rules, these public solicitations include many of the elements required under City procurement regulations for contracts in excess of one hundred thousand dollars such as advertising of the opportunity, defined selection criteria, a pre-submission meeting for proposers, a written proposal with a published submission date and submission requirements, multiple selection advisory committees, and interviews with developer teams. These processes have the benefit of being highly transparent but are very labor intensive for all proposers and PHB; indeed some of these solicitations have taken more than six months from start to finish.
PHB will generally continue to use these historic solicitation methods for the allocation of PHB controlled funds to affordable housing projects. However, PHB also plans to use a more efficient process for a limited five (5) year term, beginning in city fiscal year (FY) 2017, to select prospective developers/owners of PHB-owned real property. Modeled after what is termed “Flexible Services Contracting” under the City’s procurement rules, this new, more efficient process will allow a pool of prequalified developers/owners to be solicited at one time for a five year period based on general qualifications. This pool of prospective developers/owners, the FAST START list, will be required to have very high degree of development experience and financial capability that will enable a property interest to move from PHB ownership to occupancy with improved efficiency. This is particularly important when PHB resources are tied up in land acquisition.
When a property becomes available for development, PHB staff will negotiate with one or more of the pre-approved FAST START developers/owners in order to come to agreement for the sale or disposition of any interest in PHB-owned real property as well as for the funding required for the development of that site. Developers/owners may also proffer sites for sale and/or development to PHB. Adopting this expedited solicitation process should increase the speed with which a small subset of PHB-funded projects are implemented in coming years.
FAST START: PROCESS OUTLINE
the purpose of undertaking the project. However, the FAST START entities or individuals will have a controlling interest in the entity that acquires the property interest.
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Hacienda Latino Home Fair June 25th 10AM - 3PM at Madison High School
Join Hacienda for a free event, the 18th Annual Latino Home Fair. Attendees can speak with housing experts and more than thirty vendors specializing in home buying. Bilingual services are provided.
The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) will purchase the Joyce Hotel—the last remaining weekly stay building providing immediate, safe, temporary housing for Portland’s homeless—for $4.22 million.
The purchase agreement, executed Tuesday, is the City’s second offer on the property since a 90-day eviction notice was issued to the building’s residents on December 31. An initial offer was proffered in March when the building was fully occupied in an effort to keep the existing tenants in place.
“The Joyce has long provided transitional housing and a last resort for very vulnerable people with few other options. The loss of such units during a housing and homelessness emergency would create a real humanitarian crisis,” said Kurt Creager, Director of the Portland Housing Bureau.
Located at SW 11th and Stark, the Joyce has 69 rooms, both individual and hostel-style, available for $19-$50 a night. For some residents, it had been their primary dwelling for several years. While only approximately 20 residents currently remain in the building, preserving one of the few remaining low-barrier, low-cost housing options in the Central City was critical to the social service providers operating in the city’s core. The Central City No Net Loss Policy, under which the City of Portland committed to maintaining 8,286 affordable rental units in the Central City, was also a compelling factor in the bureau’s decision, Creager says.
“I am very pleased that the Joyce Hotel will remain open so that some of the most vulnerable people in our community will have a safe place to go, rather than being out on the street,” said Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees the Portland Housing Bureau. “As a compassionate city, we must continue to prioritize our resources to invest in the social safety net for Portlanders who are most vulnerable and at risk.”
In the immediate term, Central City Concern (CCC) will operate the hotel, assessing individual tenants and offering additional services as necessary. Following the purchase, PHB will relocate any remaining residents when it rehabilitates the hotel and addresses exigent health and safety issues.
“We are proud to help the City keep the Joyce hotel available to very low-income people in our community,” said Central City Concern Executive Director Ed Blackburn. “CCC will spend the next few months making needed capital improvements, strengthening operations, and defining guidelines for future tenants.”