Browse our audit reports about community development. This includes development services, planning and sustainability, neighborhood involvement, Prosper Portland (formerly known as Portland Development Commission) and urban renewal, equity and human rights, and housing.
Portland Housing Bureau: Improved monitoring to protect housing investments
In a 2014 audit of Housing Bureau's loan programs we found a significant backlog in annual monitoring. We followed up this year to see if the system had improved. It had. We found improved systems to ensure that housing projectss serve the intended population, are maintained in good condition, and remain financially viable over time.
Report | January 2018
Prosper Portland: Disciplined property management needed to achieve future revenue goals, equitable outcomes
Prosper Portland plans to increase real estate income from $1.7 million, to its largest source of income at $16.2 million. We found that there were no income or strategic goals or equity plans for each property and that limited monitoring of outside operators led to problems in budgeting, maintenance, and maximizing revenue. To meet revenue goals and promote equity we recommend alignment with strategic goals and increased monitoring.
Tree Code: Implementation phase shows progress and pitfalls
A comprehensive set of rules about trees went into effect in 2015 and applies to more trees than before. Initial results show improved protections for some trees but less positive results for other trees, as well as issues with implementation. We recommended addressing workload, technology, and compliance issues, as well as updating and aligning City plans and priorities.
Portland Building Reconstruction: City faced with important post-planning decisions to ensure project success
As the City launches a high-profile reconstruction project with many complexities, we report on six key areas related to project constraints and public accountability challenges. We make recommendations to ensure effective, inclusive, and timely decisions will be made by stated milestones; greater budget transparency, and the development of an implementation plan for the additional community benefits associated with the project. We also share lessons learned from this project for future City construction projects in the Appendix
Americans with Disabilities Act: Coordination gaps complicate City response
The City has several requirements to meet Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act regarding accommodation requests and complaints. The audit found the City's current approach makes accommodation requests difficult for individuals with disabilities, and the process varies by bureau. More consistent data collection and analysis would help the City be more responsive to requests and complaints submitted by individuals with disabilities.
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