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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

HUD Deputy-Secretary Ron Sims visits City Hall

HUD Deputy-Secretary Ron Sims with Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

July 24, 2009

Commissioner Fish was honored to welcome U.S. Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Ron Sims to City Hall this morning for a breakfast meeting with local elected officials and housing community stakeholders.

Deputy Secretary Sims and Deputy Regional Director Martha Dilts joined the Commissioner for a discussion of federal stimulus programs and regional sustainability efforts. Oregon was recently awarded $27.3 million in federal stimulus funding for affordable housing projects.

The money, part of $2.25 billion in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allocated for Low-Income Housing Tax Credit projects, will fund projects across Oregon. At a time when Oregon is struggling with the highest rate of homelessness in the nation, this money will provide much-needed capacity to help our most vulnerable citizens find homes.