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15.08.025 Authority during a Housing Emergency.

(Added by Ordinance No. 187370, effective October 7, 2015.)

A.  Upon the declaration of a Housing Emergency, the authority over all bureaus, departments, and other City offices shall remain as most recently delegated by the Mayor under Portland City Charter Section 2-302 unless the Mayor directs otherwise by written executive order.

B.  Upon the declaration of a Housing Emergency, in addition to any other powers that may be exercised by a local government, the Council may:

1.  Utilize City owned resources;

2.  Designate persons to coordinate the work of public, private, or nonprofit relief agencies responding to the housing emergency;

3.  Provide temporary or permanent housing by purchase, lease or otherwise;

4.  Order such other measures as may be necessary to protect the life, safety and health of persons, property or the environment;

5.  Direct the expeditious issuance of permits necessary to address issues that arise from the emergency;

6.  Enter into contracts to the extent authorized by Charter Sections 8-104 and 8-105;

7.  Waive Portland City Code regulations or administrative rules to the extent necessary to respond to the housing emergency; and

8.  Activate emergency plans.