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Go to this page or click the tab to learn more about the $20 million financing initiative in North/Northeast Portland over the next five years. The effort is focused in the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area in response to the community’s well documented need for affordable housing and other investments in neighborhoods most impacted by displacement.
The Portland Housing Bureau is hiring an Equity and Policy Manager. We're looking for a leader to facilitate the Bureau’s planning, development, and implementation of practices leading to recognition and removal of systemic barriers to housing access and other opportunities, starting with issues of race, and policy that guides Bureau investments and integrates housing with the work of other City bureaus, governmental jurisdictions, and our community.
Position description and information on how to apply can be found here.
Application deadline is August 11, 2014.
Northwest Pilot Project has a job opening for a Housing Specialist. They are seeking an energetic, compassionate, professional individual with a minimum of one year’s experience working directly with homeless, elderly, disabled, substance-addicted, or mentally ill adults. Knowledge of low cost housing options and bilingual Spanish/English preferred.
Please see the job announcement for details on the position and how to apply.
Deadline for submissions is July 25, 2014
Commissioner Saltzman and the Portland Housing Bureau would like to welcome the new members of the Portland Housing Advisory Commission. “The mission of the PHAC is to advise the Director of the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB), the Housing Commissioner, and the Portland City Council on housing and homelessness policy, strategy, and resource issues, promote improvements within the Portland Housing Bureau and the larger housing system, highlight opportunities for influence between the City housing system and other systems, as well as provide a forum for public input on housing and homelessness issues.”
Current PHAC members are:
Amy Anderson - New Member
Bill Gentile - New Member
Dike Dame - New Member
Jean DeMaster - New Member
Tom Brenneke - New Member
Wayne Miya - New Member
We deeply appreciate the willingness of these volunteers to serve. PHAC welcomes the public to attend meetings, give testimony, or submit feedback. PHAC’s meeting schedule, agendas, minutes, and other materials are available at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/phb/53513. PHAC members serve up to two 2 year terms. PHAC has an additional opening and we look forward in the coming year to engaging with communities that PHB strives to better serve, engage with their leaders, and identify people who can represent those communities on PHAC in the near future.
Traci Manning, Director
Portland Housing Bureau
May 28, 2014
PORTLAND – Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) announces grant awards of $3.85 million to local nonprofit organizations to support low-income households in accessing and maintaining stable, habitable, and sustainable homeownership. $2.4 million was awarded to create opportunities for first time homebuyers, and $1.45 million to help homeowners, primarily elderly, to retain their homes.
“As housing prices increase in Portland these programs become even more important—combatting gentrification, keeping families in their homes, helping seniors age-in-place, and providing opportunities for more low and moderate income families to become homeowners,” stated Commissioner Dan Saltzman.
In March 2014, PHB issued a request for proposals (RFP) for homebuyer education and counseling, direct homebuyer subsidies, home repair, and home retention services. These programs and services will be funded through a combination of city general funds, tax increment financing (TIF), and federal Community Development Block Grant beginning July 1, 2014 for the City of Portland 2014/15 fiscal year.
“In a tough market, especially among communities of color, these homebuyer programs give much needed guidance. We are thrilled that our relationships with community based organizations and partners will keep more families in their homes, and provide opportunities to lift more people from regulated units into homeownership,” says Traci Manning, Director of PHB.
Increasing homeownership opportunities in communities of color is a key initiative of PHB and is a goal adopted by City Council. Funding recommendations, made by a selection committee of community volunteers, were based on a demonstrated history of providing culturally competent services targeted to populations that are traditionally under-served in homeownership or at greater risk of displacement from their current neighborhoods. Other considerations included the leverage of additional resources and maintaining the capacity of organizations that support the existing continuum of services in the community.
With $2.4 million in homeownership dollars, PHB’s community partners expect to provide education and counseling to 1,400 low income households, help 190 households purchase homes, subsidize an additional 25 home purchases, and help 440 homeowners avoid foreclosure. With $1.45 million, PHB partners will provide 1,330 households home repair, weatherization, and accessibility services to help seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income families remain in their homes.
Contact: Andrea Matthiessen