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Anti-Displacement Task Force

Deadline for Applicants: to be announced.

Staff Liaison: Andrea Pastor, andrea.pastor@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-7845

Application will be posted when ready. Instructions below.

Purpose and Background

Interested in helping to create a more equitable Portland? The Anti-Displacement Task Force will be made up of City bureau leadership and community members who would like to provide City Council guidance in policy development that centers racial equity in issues ranging from land use planning, zoning, housing, economic opportunity and cultural placemaking. The group will explore existing and potential new tools that put into practice the City’s stated Comprehensive Plan policies. The Task Force will also explore the City’s ability to leverage the private market to achieve equitable outcomes for all Portland residents as the city grows.

The Task Force will be a resource for strategic support across bureaus and agencies in equitable community development to help identify and meet shared equity goals in addressing the problems of residential, commercial and cultural displacement, and helping to stabilize communities, especially communities of color. The Task Force will provide data-informed insights to other bureaus’ advisory and decision-making bodies, and finally will report on its work and recommendations to City Council.

  • Committee activities include: Advising Portland City Council on:

Portland’s Anti-Displacement Action Plan

  • Establishing a shared understanding of institutional and policy barriers to action, identify cross-bureau actions to overcome those barriers;
  • Creating a shared framework for the prioritization of equitable development strategies, including as part of land use policy changes and major development/resilience projects, consistent with Comprehensive Plan goals, and implementing the Office of Equity and Human Rights’ (OEHR) Racial Equity principles that maximize benefits to affected communities by establishing clear goals and measures of success in reducing displacement and increasing access to opportunity, and community resiliency.
  • Identifying the most effective tools given available resources for stabilizing residents, commercial interests and cultural institutions, as well as the most effective tools available to secure community benefits when public plans increase development allowances.
  • Informing the update of the City’s displacement risk analysis tools and establish guidance for its ongoing use by staff. Working with OEHR to develop citywide goals and metrics to consistently measure outcomes related to displacement and equitable development.
  • Identifying ongoing source(s) of funding for anti-displacement and equitable community development work for City-led major infrastructure and regulatory projects.

2.                   Advising and oversight on implementation of Action Plan - Over time the group will transition to establish collaborative practices that:

  • Create a process to track displacement-related metrics across bureaus, and report annually to City Council and the broader community on progress of policies or plans developed collaboratively by community groups and the City.
  • Coordinate with existing advisory bodies to determine data and analytical needs based on anti-displacement metrics.
  • Develop and help pursue an agenda for State and Federal support.

Total number of advisory seats: 15, 5 are set aside for bureau leadership and 10 for community members

Number of seats available: 10

Who can join:

To be eligible for the advisory committee, members must live, play, worship, go to school, work or do business in the City of Portland.

What We Look For:

We want people from every part of Portland here to share their voice on this committee, especially people who have not been involved before. If you want to serve your community and to help government make better choices, then we want to see your application. The attributes listed below are what will guide our selection process. It is helpful if you are specific in your answers. We do not expect you to be or have everything listed.

  • You are an advocate for racial equity: you want positive and long-lasting outcomes for racial and ethnic communities who have been left out before, particularly Black and Indigenous communities.
  • You have an understanding of the existence of anti-black racism, and are committed to dismantling it.  
  • You have a perspective on physically navigating the community with a disability.
  • You have lived experience of being involuntarily displaced from your home or place of business.
  • You have professional experience in one or more of the following areas: Tenant rights, affordable housing development, small business ownership, urban planning with focus on gentrification and displacement, transportation justice, arts and culture advocacy; houselessness, workforce development, real estate, education equity, climate justice, expertise and understanding of Community Benefits Agreements.
  • You are available to attend all meetings and participate in the discussions.
  • You believe government is better when community is involved.

Time Commitment

  • Monthly meetings (2-3 hours) will take place on weekday evenings online, with possible additional subcommittee meetings to be scheduled as necessary. Due to the health concerns raised by COVID-19 meetings may occur virtually, telephonically, or in person while practicing social distancing.
  • Members are involved for terms of 2 years, or until the project concludes. If the project is extended, no member may serve for more than 8 consecutive years, per City policy.
  • We provide interpreters who will translate the conversation in your language during the meeting. Please ask for an interpreter at least a week in advance of the meeting so we have enough time to make arrangements.
  • We try to translate the written materials you ask for, but we may not be able to provide translation on all meeting documents.
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Meeting materials for review may be sent with minimal time to review, possibly as few as forty-eight hours (or two days) in advance.

We Remove Barriers

Let us know if there are barriers to your participation. Dinner will be provided at evening meetings. Public transportation or parking passes will be available if you need those to fully participate.

Volunteer Ethics

People who join this committee will become what we call “Public Officials,” which means that while you serve you must behave fair and ethically. We will provide training on this once you are accepted. Part of following Public Officials Ethics laws means you must tell the group when you or a relative may financially benefit (or avoid fees) by your recommendations. This is called a “Conflict of Interest.” If you tell us about potential Conflicts of Interest that does not mean you cannot serve, in fact, many committees have potential members with Conflicts of Interest. We appreciate your ethical inclusion of possible Conflicts of Interest on the form included in the application.

How to Apply

Application: [coming soon]

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at andrea.pastor@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-7845

Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information

The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Completing the demographic information on the application is voluntary, but we encourage you to provide that information.  The City uses this information to help ensure that advisory body appointments represent a broad cross-section of community. Your information will not be used during the recruitment nor the selection process. State and federal law prohibit use of this information to discriminate against you. Questions about this may be sent to AdvisoryBodies@Portlandoregon.gov

General Questions

For general questions about the Advisory Bodies program, the volunteer recruitment process, or other upcoming advisory body opportunities please email AdvisoryBodies@Portlandoregon.gov.

We Encourage You to Apply

We welcome you to browse our website to learn more about the Task Force and Anti-Displacement Action Plan.

Do you have questions or need more information? Email andrea.pastor@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-7845.