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Portland Housing Bureau

Solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland.

Phone: 503-823-2375

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

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Mayor Wheeler and Chair Kafoury Announce Innovative Supportive Housing Pilot

State and local agencies pair funding for housing and services for the first time in a targeted effort to innovate solutions to chronic homelessness.

(January 10, 2019) – The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB), the Joint Office of Homeless Services, Multnomah County Mental Health & Addiction Services, and Oregon Housing and Community Services, have awarded more than $12 million to two projects that will combine new housing and mental health services in a targeted effort to combat chronic homelessness. Division Rendering

“This innovative pilot is the first of its kind—leveraging state, county and city partnerships in a targeted effort to better use our dollars to address chronic homelessness, with an emphasis on providing crucial mental health services” says Mayor Wheeler. “Homelessness is a national humanitarian crisis. It will take more than cities—but regional, state-wide and federal partnerships to solve it.”

PHB’s Notice of Funding Availability, released this summer, called for innovative, cost-effective proposals to create new Supportive Housing for homeless individuals experiencing mental illness, with a focus on updating the Single-Room Occupancy (SRO) housing model. The funding opportunity marks the first time capital funding to build affordable housing has been bundled with funding for the services vulnerable residents need to thrive in that housing.

Two projects have been awarded the funding. Combined, the projects will create a total of 98 unitsnearly double the 50 originally envisioned in the solicitation. Seventy-eight of the new units will provide Supportive Housing. Findley Commons Rendering

The Division Street Apartments (pictured above), proposed by Central City Concern and Related Northwest, will provide 40 SRO units of Permanent Supportive Housing and 20 studios, with 40 of the units reserved for extremely low-income individuals experiencing mental illness, including severe mental illness. Central City Concern will be the service provider.

Findley Commons (pictured Right), proposed by Do Good Multnomah and HomeFirst Development, will redevelop an underutilized parking lot at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church on SE Powell Blvd to create 38 units of housing focusing on underserved Veterans, including Veterans of color, women, and extremely-low income Veterans. In this model, SRO units would serve to stabilize Veterans, who could eventually transition into the larger units.

“Some people need more than an apartment key to rebuild their lives. They also need treatment and services,” says Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury. “For those neighbors, the only answer to homelessness is a home of their own with the right support. This is exactly what these projects represent because everybody needs privacy and a place to call home when working through a crisis.”

Expanding Permanent Supportive Housing over the coming decade by roughly 200 units a year is a critical element of the local strategy to address chronic homelessness. Permanent Supportive Housing combines accessible, affordable housing and the supportive services, including mental health and addiction services.

In addition, Findley Commons will serve as a demonstration project for a new subsidy model combining unsubsidized units and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers. It also models how the city’s faith communities can assist in the local homeless effort by making their excess land available for affordable housing development.

“The benefits of permanent supportive housing are well documented, and this is a proven strategy we will implement statewide,” said Margaret Salazar, Director of Oregon Housing and Community Services. “Oregon Housing and Community Services is thrilled to contribute $2 million to the City of Portland and Multnomah County’s efforts to increase supportive housing and address homelessness and housing instability for Oregon’s most vulnerable community members.”

 Click here to download a fact sheet for more information on the projects.

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City to Fund Expanded Legal Services to Combat Housing Discrimination

A new report cites barriers to enforcement of Fair Housing law.

Findings from the latest Fair Housing audit, released today, revealed that in nearly one in four cases, leasing agents had provided adverse differential treatment to prospective renters based on their race or national origin. 

The City of Portland contracts annually with the Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO) to conduct random anonymous testing of housing providers to identify potential illegal discrimination as well as other patterns or issues in the city’s rental market. Results are analyzed to identify market trends of concern, areas to target education efforts and, where there is sufficient evidence, to conduct enforcement of Fair Housing violations.

However, this year’s report also cites challenges to successful enforcement of Fair Housing law, including the difficulty of obtaining the services of a private attorney and a lack of funding for enforcement at the state and city level. 

To support increased enforcement efforts, the Portland Housing Bureau is releasing a solicitation making up to $200,000 available for one or more community-based organizations to provide a range of renter services for historically underserved communities living in Multnomah County, with an emphasis on direct legal services to enforce Fair Housing and landlord tenant law.

"We want to make sure Portland continues to address these issues as we focus our resources on some of our most vulnerable citizens, realizing there is a lot more work to be done,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler.

Between March 2016 and February 2018, FHCO conducted 45 initial tests of rental properties within the City of Portland. Of these tests, 16 were either positive or inconclusive for adverse differential treatment of a protected class tester and warranted further testing. The 13 total positive tests (including retests) showed evidence that differing information about rental terms and conditions, rent prices, move-in specials, deposits, application fees, and screening criteria had been provided that favored the comparative tester over the protected class tester. Testing also showed that agents continued to make statements that could either discourage protected class testers from renting or applying or encourage comparative testers to rent or apply.

"Despite the fact that the Fair Housing Act was passed 50 years ago, many members of our community continue to experience discrimination and differential treatment in the housing market,” said Housing Bureau Director Shannon Callahan. “As we address the challenges in our community of displacement and housing affordability, it’s critical to ensure that Portlanders are treated equally when they are applying for housing and have the same access to opportunity, regardless of their race, national origin, color, religion, sex, family status, or disability.”

Click here to download the full FHCO report.


Click here to download the Tenant Protections Legal Services Request for Letters of Interest.

 

Inclusionary Housing (IH) Program Interim Administrative Rules

The Portland Housing Bureau has created interim administrative rules for the Inclusionary Housing (IH) Program section on the reasonable equivalency unit distribution requirement for rental developments.

The interim rules can be accessed at www.portlandoregon.gov/phb/IHrules.

Hard copies are available at the Portland Housing Bureau offices, located at 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500, in Downtown Portland.

Canceled! Multnomah County/Gresham Annual Community Need Meeting on October 30

Canceled!

Multnomah County/Gresham
Annual Community Need Meeting

(Reunion en Espanol; Spanish language hearing, English interpretation available)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - Canceled. November 14 and 15 meetings are still happening as planned.
5:45 - 7:45 pm (Dinner at 5:45pm)

Rockwood Library
17917 SE Stark St 
Portland, OR  97030

Call or email to register by October 26:
Rachel.Nehse@GreshamOregon.gov
(503) 618-2814

Para Espanol Ilama a Alberto Morales:
Alberto.Morales@GreshamOregon.gov
(503) 618-2456

2018 Portland Consortium Community Need Hearings

Expand Housing Choice for Everyone

We want to hear from you! 

Join us to discuss the economic, social services, and housing needs in your community. Your input will help Portland, Gresham, and Multnomah County prioritize resources for 2019−2020. There are three opportunities to participate. See below for dates and locations.

Click here to view the Consolidated Plan
 

Multnomah County/Gresham
Annual Community Need Meeting *Canceled*

(Reunion en Espanol; Spanish language hearing, English interpretation available)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

5:45 - 7:45 pm (Dinner at 5:45pm)

Rockwood Library

17917 SE Stark St 
Portland, OR  97030

Call or email to register by October 26:
Rachel.Nehse@GreshamOregon.gov
(503) 618-2814

Para Espanol Ilama a Alberto Morales:
Alberto.Morales@GreshamOregon.gov
(503) 618-2456

Gresham/Multnomah County
Annual Community Need Meeting

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

5:45 - 8:00 pm (Dinner at 5:45pm)
Gresham Library
385 NW Miller Ave
Gresham, OR  97030
  

Call or email to register by November 12:
Rachel.Nehse@GreshamOregon.gov
(503) 618-2814

Para Espanol Ilama a Alberto Morales: 
Alberto.Morales@GreshamOregon.gov
(503) 618-2456

 

Portland Consortium
Annual Community Need Meeting

Thursday, November 15, 2018  

5:45 - 8:00 pm (Dinner at 5:45pm)

New Song Community Center

220 NE Russell St
Portland, OR 97217

Click here to register by November 13th.
or call or email Kim McCarty:
KimMcCarty@PortlandOregon.gov
503-823-5312


Call 503-823-5312 to request interpreters, childcare, or accessibilty accommodations. Spanish and ASL interpreters will be present.

Para Espanol Ilama a Alberto Morales: 
Alberto.Morales@GreshamOregon.gov
(503) 618-2456

Light food and beverages provided. Childcare available by pre-registration. Accessible by MAX and Bus. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation, complaints or other information and services, please call 503-823-5312 or use City TTY 503-823-6868, or Oregon Relay Service 711. Language interpretation is available: Please call 503-823-5312 at least 48 hours before the meeting to request service. Click here for translated fliers. Interpretación está disponible para esta reunión. Por favor llame a 503-823-5312 al menos 48 horas antes de la reunión para solicitar estos servicios. На собрании для вас могут быть предоставлены услуги ухода за детьми и устный перевод. Пожалуйста, позвоните по номеру 503-823-5312, по крайней мере за 48 часов до собрания, что бы заказать услуги. 此次会议将会提供儿童看管及翻译服务。请在会议之前至少48小时拨打电话 503-823-5312 要求此项服务。 Có giữ trẻ và thông dịch viên trong buổi họp này. Xin gọi 503-823-5312 ít nhất 48 tiếng trước buổi họp để yêu cầu các dịch vụ này. Daryeelka ilmaha iyo tarjumaada waa kuwo la helayo kulankaan. Fadlan wac 503-823-5312 ugu yaraan 48 saacadood kahor kulanka si aad u codsatid adeega.