August 18, 2010
As Janie Har wrote in yesterday's Oregonian, the city of Portland will receive about $1.5 million more in grant money than their annual alotment from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developmentfor low-income housing and shelter assistance this year.
We want to sincerely thank Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkleyfor their hard work and support of this funding, which will total about $18.2 million. This includes nearly $1 million of funds to Gresham through the Community Development Block Grant, funds that come with great flexibility in how they are implemented.
The full allocation will largely support the development and rehabilitation of low-income rental units, helping homeowners avoid foreclosure and providing shelters for the homeless. The Portland Housing Bureau, led by Commissioner Fish and Director Margaret Van Vliet, invests local and federal dollars to support the continuum of housing needs in the Portland area.
In addition, $1 million of these funds will go to the Cascade AIDS Project which continues their funding amount under the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA). This will continue to help with rent payments for people with the auto-immune illness.
- Gresham, Community Development Block Grant, $959,393
- Multnomah County, Community Development Block Grant, $332,192.
- Portland, Community Development Block Grant, $10,866,899.
- Portland, Emergency Shelter Grants Program, $441,899.
- Portland, HOME Program, $4,596,522.
- Portland, HOPWA Program, $1,088,055 (Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS).
Above pictured: Representing Proud Ground, Minority Homebuyer Assistance Collaborativeis Commissioner Fish, John Mohlis, Greg Brown, Tom Walsh and Serena Cruz, April 2010. Thank you to the Portland Observer for supplying the photograph.