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Solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland.

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A message from Director Kurt Creager about Inclusionary Housing

As Portland continues to expand the programs and resources available to address the affordable housing and homelessness crisis, recent statewide legislation has provided municipalities such as ours with one additional tool to leverage in this effort – mandatory inclusionary zoning. 

Lifting the state preemption on Inclusionary Housing was the Portland City Council's top legislative priority in the 2016 Session. Senate Bill 1533, sponsored by Senator Michael Dembrow, passed the legislature in March with strong bipartisan support. With the adoption of SB 1533, the City of Portland is now able to pursue mandatory inclusionary housing and harness the economic power of the private market to increase the supply of affordable housing for low-income Portlanders. 

Commissioner Saltzman has already given the Housing Bureau direction to begin program development and deliver his office recommendations by September. 

Through Resolution 37187, the City has committed to a community-wide, data-driven discussion as this process moves forward, as well as a panel of housing experts to advise Commissioner Saltzman in the development of an inclusionary housing ordinance.

Inclusionary Housing Program Development - Panel of Housing Experts

Shannon Callahan – Office of Commissioner Saltzman

Matthew Tschabold – Portland Housing Bureau

Sarah Zahn – Portland Housing Advisory Commission, Gerding Edlen

Dike Dame – Portland Housing Advisory Commission, Williams and Dame Development

Dr. Lisa Bates – Portland State University

Dr. Ronald Lehr – KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.

Amanda Saul – Enterprise Community Partners

Vivian Satterfield – OPAL PDX

Margaret Tallmadge – Coalition of Communities of Color, Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission

Eric Cress – Urban Development + Partners

Greg Goodman – Downtown Development Group, Portland Business Alliance

Kira Cador – Rembold Companies

Nolan Lienhardt – ZGF, 1,000 Friends of Oregon

This panel will hold monthly public meetings beginning on April 26, 2016 from 8:00am to 10:00am in the Portland Building Auditorium at 1120 SW 5th Ave.

The Housing Bureau is committed to administering a program development process that is transparent and data-driven, with opportunities for input from stakeholders and interested parties. If you would like to stay informed of future meetings and opportunities to engage in the program development process, please sign up for our email list by clicking here.

If you have other questions, or are in need of additional information, please feel free to contact Matthew Tschabold, the Housing Bureau Equity and Policy Manager at matthew.tschabold@portlandoregon.gov, or visit the Housing Bureau website here.

Respectfully,

Kurt Creager, Director
Portland Housing Bureau