From the beginning of the initiative to address displacement in North/Northeast Portland, the Portland Housing Bureau has recognized that any successful effort would first need to acknowledge the history of broken promises between public agencies and the communities of N/NE Portland. That is why the housing plan for N/NE presented to Portland City Council earlier this year included an extra measure of accountability: a community-based body to monitor and oversee implementation of the plan over the next five years.
This body of community representatives, called the Community Oversight Committee, begins meeting this month. Beginning next week, PHB and partners funded through the N/NE initiative will report to the committee on our progress in N/NE at quarterly meetings. The committee will report back to City Council annually, evaluating our performance from the community's perspective.
At the first full meeting on Tuesday, the Committee will hear updates on:
- Grant Warehouse — affordable housing planned for NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, between Cook and Ivy.
- N/NE home repair and homeownership programs.
- The Preference Policy — how the City is moving forward with a policy to help displaced households (and their descendants) return to N/NE.
- Homeless services for African Americans.
These meetings are open to the public. Meeting schedules and agendas will be posted here.