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Portland Housing Bureau

Solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland.

Phone: 503-823-2375

fax: 503-823-2387

421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204

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The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) supports new housing development and rehabilitation of existing properties, primarily in Portland’s Urban Renewal Areas. PHB's role is to:

  • Provide technical expertise around project feasibility, contracting and hiring regulations, sustainable design and building practices and community involvement; 
  • Connect project resources and coordinate development finance packages;
  • Provide direct assistance in the form of low-interest, favorable-term loans for various development phases (subject to resource availability); and
  • Identify federal, state and city funding and incentive programs, including tax credits and exemption programs.

For more information about resource availability, please call PHB at 503-823-2375. Click here to receive notifications when funding opportunities are announced.

Direct Financial Assistance Programs for Rental Housing Development

Learn about low-interest affordable housing development loans, available through an annual NOFA process

System Development Charge (SDC) Exemptions

The SDC Exemption Program assists developers by reducing their development costs when building affordable housing

Limited Tax Exemptions (LTE)

Learn about property tax exemption programs for single-unit homes and multi-family rental units

Down Payment Assistance Loan

Learn about this low-interest loan to help first-time homebuyers purchase a home in Portland’s Interstate Corridor or Lents Town Center Urban Renewal Areas

Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC)

Learn about this federal tax credit for first-time homebuyers

Home Repair Loans

Learn about low-interest loans to help you fund critical home repairs

Lead Hazard Reduction Grants

Find information about lead hazard removal grants available to individual homeowners, landlords, and other nonprofit and affordable housing property owners