The Mayor released his proposed budget today that funds all of Portland Housing Bureau’s programmatic add-back requests, including the Clark Center and the entire net.
This budget illustrates an emphasis on protecting our city’s most vulnerable citizens—seniors, youth and those on the edge of homelessness.
The funding was, in part, possible because of a partnership with Multnomah County. The County has stepped forward to substantially increase its investment in Short Term Rent Assistance (STRA). Because of this, PHB's investment in STRA will decrease by $500,000 for this year only. The County is also filling in some funding for school meals and centers for low-income seniors.
PHB still faces $1.2 million in federal cuts.
We are grateful to the community advocates who helped illustrate for Council the impact of the proposed cuts, and members of City Council and the Mayor, who asked hard questions and showed curiosity in how the cuts would affect our most vulnerable neighbors.
Click here to see the proposed budget summary from the City Budget Office.
There are three community budget hearings in May, and a vote by the full Council at the end of May.
• Thursday, May 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall, 1221 S.W. Fourth Ave.
• Saturday, May 18, 3 to 5 p.m., Warner Pacific College, 2219 S.E. 68th Ave.
• Thursday, May 23, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Jackson Middle School, 10625 S.W. 35th Ave.