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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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Verifying your preference points


Applicants that are selected from the waitlist for housing program openings will need to verify the information provided in their application before they can move forward in the process.

You will be notified by mail if you have been selected. You will have two weeks to submit verification documents to the Portland Housing Bureau. You do not need these documents unless you are selected, but you are encouraged to review the list below and note the processing times for any documents you don’t have to ensure timely submission in the event that you are selected.

What you will need

You will need to provide a verification document for each of the following items (1) proof of your identity, (2) proof of your current/former address, (3) proof of your parent/guardian or grandparent’s current/former address, (4) proof of income.

Below is a list of documents that can be used for verification and where you can obtain them if needed. (*) Denotes documents that can be requested on behalf of a parent/guardian or grandparent if they cannot be provided by the parent/guardian or grandparent directly.

Locating and requesting documents

1.) Proof of identity (one piece of photo identification). 

Valid Documents

Source

Obtaining Document

Driver’s license

DMV

Call 503-299-9999. The cost for a replacement license is $26.50.

State ID card

DMV

Call 503-299-9999. The cost for a replacement ID card is $39.50

Passport

State Department

Call 877-487-2778. The cost for a replacement passport is $110.

Military ID card

US Military

Request from specific institution

Student ID card

School/University

Request from specific institution

2.) Proof of applicant’s current or former address: one document showing the applicant’s name and the address given to establish preference on the application.

3.) Proof of parent/guardian or grandparent’s current or former address: one document showing the listed guardian’s name and the address given on the application.

Valid Documents

Source

 Obtaining Document

Real estate records (2008 to 2016)*

Multnomah County Libraries (link)

Using the online system: Using the “guest log-in,” check the box that says “REAL.” Next, type the address with no direction (example: For 501 SE Hawthorne type: 501 Hawthorne); The 2015 property tax statement with ownership and mailing address is located in the box labeled Tax Summary under “CLICK TO SEE TAX BILL.”

Real estate records (before 2008)*

Multnomah County Libraries

Call 503-988-3326 or email dartcs@mulco.us. Please allow 24 hours for processing requests.

Vehicle registration

DMV

Call 503-299-9999. The cost for replacement registration is $5.

Court documents

Multnomah County Courts

Call 503-988-3003. There is a $0.25/page charge.

Electricity Bill

PGE

Call 503-228-6322. Please allow 7-9 days to receive a mailed or faxed letter confirming past service addresses.

Gas Bill*

NW Natural

Call 800-422-4012. Expect standard postal delivery time to receive documents sent by U.S. postal service.

Property tax records (2007 to 2016)*

Multnomah County’s Online Property Search system (link)

Using the online system: Type the street number and street name (do not include St./Rd./Etc.) into search information of online property search and click search property. For best results leave all other fields blank.

Property tax records (before 2007)*

Multnomah County- Assessment & Taxation

Call 503-988-3326. Use the last name to look up records over the phone or in the research room located at 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd,

Suite 175.

Public school transcripts

Portland Public Schools

Call 503-916-3860 ext. 3. Requests made online or by phone require photo ID verification.

Private school record

Educational Institution

Request from educational institution

Internet or Cable Bill

Service Provider

Request from service provider

Renter’s Insurance

Insurance Provider

Request from insurance provider

Lease agreements

Landlord

Request from landlord

Mortgage documents

Lender

Request from your lender

Bank documents

Service Provider

Request from your bank

Credit card documents

Service Provider

Request from your credit card company

Credit reports

Service Provider

Request from credit report site

Insurance documents

Service Provider

Request from insurance provider

Phone bills

Service Provider

Request from service provider

Paystubs

Employer

Request from payroll provider

Posted mail

Post Office

Any piece of postmarked mail with name a matching address

4.) Proof of income: you will need to submit proof of income for all adults living in your household.

Source of Income

Valid Documents

Obtaining Document

Wages

2 consecutive months’ pay stubs

Request from employer/payroll provider

Wages

Last 2 years’ tax return documents

Request from tax return provider

Wages

Certified document from employer indicating average weekly pay

Request from employer/payroll provider

Wages

Third party verifications

 Request from employer/payroll provider

Social Security

Social Security Award Letter

Request from Social Security provider

Child Support

Child Support Award Letter

Request from Oregon Department of Justice

TANF

TANF Award Letter

Call the Oregon Department of Human Services at 503-945-6074

Pension

Pension Letter

 Request from provider

Retirement funds

Retirement Award Letter

 Request from provider

 

 

View the maps below to find out how many preference points you're eligible to receive.

Everyone who applies during the application round will be sorted on a waitlist for the advertised housing opportunities. Top priority will be given to households who owned property in N/NE Portland that was taken by City government, and to their descendants.

All other applicants can receive up to six “preference points” based on their current or past residence (plus that of a parent/guardian or grandparent) within areas of concentrated urban renewal in N/NE Portland. Households will be selected for housing from the top of the waitlist in order of preference. 

Preference is...

  • based on the amount of urban renewal activity that occurred where you or your parent/guardian or grandparent lived (or currently live) in N/NE Portland;

  • given to applicants who were displaced, are at risk of displacement, or  who are the descendants of families that were displaced due to urban renewal in N/NE Portland;

  • given regardless of whether you currently reside in N/NE Portland.


Use the online map


The color-coded zones on the map correspond to different preference point values, based on the level of urban renewal activity in that area. 

Click here to use the online map

mapDirections: Type an address into the “address search” bar above the map to see which zone the address falls in. When you apply, you can receive up to three points for your own (current or former) address, and up to three more for a parent/guardian or grandparent, for a maximum total of six points possible.

Addresses in the blue zone qualify for 1 point.
Addresses in the purple zone qualify for 2 points.
Addresses in the orange zone qualify for 3 points.

Tip: If you have more than one eligible address, use the address search bar to look up multiple addresses until you find which one qualifies for the maximum point value. When you apply, you may use the same address twice if you currently live at the same address as a parent/guardian or grandparent, or if you live in a home formerly occupied by a parent/guardian or grandparent.

  

Download the map 


The color-coded zones on the map correspond to different preference point values, based on the level of urban renewal activity in that area.

Click here to download the map (PDF)

map Directions: Use the map to find which zone an address lands in to determine how many preference points that address is eligible to receive. When you apply, you can receive up to three points for your own current or former address, and up to three more for a parent/guardian or grandparent, for a maximum total of six points possible.

Addresses in the light gray zone qualify for 1 point.
Addresses in the dark gray zone qualify for 2 points.
Addresses in the black zone qualify for 3 points.

Tip: If you have more than one eligible address,  look up multiple addresses until you find which one qualifies for the maximum point value. When you apply, you may use the same address twice if you currently live at the same address as a parent/guardian or grandparent, or if you live in a home formerly occupied by a parent/guardian or grandparent.