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Portland Housing Bureau

Solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland.

Phone: 503-823-2375

fax: 503-823-2387

421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204

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200 Adults, 100 Families to Find Homes with $1.7M Budget BuMP

Yesterday, City Council unanimously passed Commissioner Dan Saltzman’s proposal for a $1.7 million boost in funding to help Portlanders experiencing homelessness regain housing during the Fall Budget Monitoring Process, known as the BuMP. The proposal will help more than 200 vulnerable adults and nearly 100 families. This is an important step in reducing homelessness, in conjunction with our community’s plan to end homelessness, A Home for Everyone.

The Housing Commissioner and then-Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury convened a group of stakeholders to review recommendations to Council. They received input from law enforcement, elected officials, community partners, business leaders and service providers.

Under Commissioner Saltzman’s leadership, the City also recently pledged to re-direct $300,000 to assist nearly 100 women experiencing homelessness in finding permanent homes. In mid-September, the Portland Housing Bureau presented its proposal, Women Into Housing Now (WIHN), before Council with partners from Multnomah County and United Way of the Columbia Willamette.

Combined, these investments expand PHB’s annual funding to end homelessness by more than 15%. These additional funds will help approximately 400 households find homes, roughly 15% of those estimated to experience homelessness on any given night in Multnomah County.

As part of the stakeholder group’s consideration, they analyzed the cost of shelter versus Short-Term Rent Assistance (STRA). The group chose to invest in local and national strategies proven to be efficient and effective at ending and preventing homelessness. This was their comparison:

 

 Program Area

 Outcome per $200,000

Housing: Short-Term Rent Assistance (1-12 months). Eviction prevention services and rent assistance, as well as housing placement from streets & shelters.

40 households moved into housing; 80% retention at 1 year

[1 FTE staff + rent assistance]

Survival & Emergency Services: Expand shelter capacity with new year-round shelter

N/A (Cost of a new 70-bed shelter about $250k for startup and $750k/yr for operations). Less than 10% move to housing.

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