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The City of Portland, Oregon

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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New Housing Bond Building Will Provide Affordable Housing for Families Transitioning from Homelessness

The 51-unit project has capacity to house 167 people and is the latest funded under the City of Portland’s Housing Bond

A new 51-unit apartment building with a focus on stabilizing homeless families is the latest project funded under Portland’s Housing Bond, the City announced today. Mayor Ted Wheeler unveiled the newly constructed building on 105th Ave and E. Burnside St this afternoon. It will begin leasing next month in collaboration with the Multnomah County Homeless Family System. The building is the third Bond project announced in the last 18 months, totaling approximately 514 units of permanently affordable housing to move forward under the Bond to date.

The building will offer 7 studios, 20 one-bedrooms and 24 two-bedroom apartments, as well as on-site supportive services. Sixteen of the larger units will be reserved for extremely-low income families at 30% of the Area Median Income and below (up to $21,990 a year for a family of three) — nine of which will be coupled with wrap-around services to provide Permanent Supportive Housing for families exiting homelessness.

“Funding this kind of transitional housing for our most vulnerable neighbors is extremely important to me,” says Mayor Wheeler. “Acquiring a new building with these amenities and transit options is a rare opportunity – we have been able to act swiftly before it was sold on the private market thanks to this resource given to us by Portland voters.”                                                 

The 16 deeply affordable and Supportive Housing units will be leased in partnership with the Homeless Family Mobile Housing Team, a collaboration of nonprofits and culturally specific service agencies led by JOIN. JOIN and its partner agencies will also provide on-site wrap-around services for the families in Supportive Housing.

“I’m very excited for the 167 people who will have a place to call home here this summer,” said Portland Housing Bureau Interim Director Shannon Callahan. “These families will be right on the Max line, with access to work, school, and surrounded by support. I can’t think of a better way for families and children making the transition from homelessness to find stability and the chance to make a new start.”

The acquisition will go before Portland City Council for approval on June 13, and leasing is expected to begin in July. Click here to download a project fact sheet. For more information, visit www.portlandhousingbond.com

Notice of Proposed Changes to Inclusionary Housing

Based on public comment and feedback received, the Portland Housing Bureau has revised the draft Inclusionary Housing (IH) administrative rules on homeownership units in order to provide greater clarity on roles, responsibilities, and implementation. The public is invited to testify on the revised draft of the proposed changes. 
The proposed changes can be found online at www.portlandoregon.gov/phb/IHDraft. Hard copies will also be available at the Portland Housing Bureau office located on the 5th floor of the Commonwealth building at 421 SW 6th Avenue in downtown Portland. 

Submitting Testimony

Beginning Tuesday, May 22, 2018, you can submit testimony or feedback on the revised draft. Testimony may be submitted via email, fax, letter, or in person at the public hearing (details below). Written comments or testimony must be received by Thursday, June 21, 2018 and must include a first and last name to be considered. 

•  Email your testimony to: Inclusionary-Housing@portlandoregon.gov
•  Fax your testimony to: 503-823-2387
•  Mail your testimony to: 
Portland Housing Bureau
c/o Inclusionary Housing 
421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500
Portland, Oregon 97204

•  Testify in person at the public hearing: 
Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 1 − 2pm
Portland Housing Bureau
421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

Portland, Oregon 97204
 
To request translation services at the hearing, contact Jessica Conner at 503-823-4100 at least three business days prior to the hearing.  
If you have questions regarding the proposed rule changes or the rulemaking process, please contact the Inclusionary Housing Homeownership Rules Coordinator: Jessica Conner, Housing Policy Planner, at jessica.conner@portlandoregon.gov or by calling 503-823-4100. 

Home Repair Information Session - May 30th & June 13th

Are you a longtime homeowner in N/NE Portland? Is your home in need of repairs?

If you are a homeowner in the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area you may qualify for a home repair loan through the Portland Housing Bureau. The no interest, no monthly payment loan provides up to $40,000 to make substantial home repairs, and is forgiven after 15 years, as long as you have continued living in your home for that time.

Doors open at 2:30pm

Presentations at 3:00pm & 4:00pm

North Portland Library - 512 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217

 

Is your home located in the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area? Find out HERE

Want more information about home repair loans? Call 503-823-3336 or visit HERE

Click HERE for the Information Information Flyer.

Expand Housing Choice for Everyone

Portland Consortium Annual Action Plan Meeting

Join us Tuesday, June 5, to learn how Portland, Gresham, and Multnomah County plan to invest federal funds locally in housing and community economic needs over the next year — and share your thoughts and comments. Click here to reserve your seat.

The new Annual Action Plans, outlining the strategies selected to meet community-identified needs, will be posted online here two weeks prior to the meeting, followed by a 30-day comment period. Click here to review the current plans.

Portland Consortium Annual Action Plan Meeting 
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm 
Portland Housing Bureau 
421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500 
Portland, OR 97204
(Light dinner served at 5:30 pm, presentation begins at 6:00 pm)
 
Equal Access and Non-Discrimination Policy: The Portland Housing Bureau is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation, complaints or other information and services, please call 503-823-5312 or use City TTY 503-823-6868, or Oregon Relay Service 711. Traducción o interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch | 翻译或传译 | Письменный или устный перевод | Traducere sau Interpretare | Письмовий або усний переклад | 翻訳または通訳 | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda | ການແປພາສາ ຫຼື ການອະທິບາຍ | الترجمة التحريرية أو الشفهية
503-823-5312
www.portlandoregon.gov/phb

If you are not able to attend a hearing, you are encouraged to comment by phone, letter, or email. Send comments to Con Plan Staff, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204; by e-mail to phbinfo@portlandoregon.gov, online: www.portlandonline.com/phb/conplan, or by phone at 503.823.5312 (TDD 503.823.6868) or Oregon Relay 711.
Please note: The City of Portland is a fragrance-free workplace. Help us ensure that all public spaces are places where everyone can breathe, and please avoid using added fragrances when visiting City offices or public meetings. 
If you would like to stay informed about Fair Housing policy issues, budget hearings, and public meetings, click here to sign up for email updates
Questions? Contact: Kim.McCarty@portlandoregon.gov

City of Portland Unveils New Meadows Affordable Housing Community

Joint venture with City of Portland, Bridge Meadows and New Avenues for Youth creates trauma-informed affordable housing community for at-risk foster youth

Bridge Meadows, New Avenues for Youth and the City of Portland have partnered to open the Dorothy Lemelson House & New Meadows Program (New Meadows), an innovative affordable housing community with trauma-informed care and life-skills programs for transition-age foster youth.

Located at 8710 N Dana Avenue, New Meadows will provide 10 studios and five one-bedroom apartments for residents ages 17-24 and an on-site counselor/program coordinator. Rents will be regulated at no more than 30% of area median income (individuals earning less than $16,000 a year). The development is made possible by the Portland Housing Bureau, who provided an Equity Gap Contribution to the project in the amount of $1,377,173.

“Young people leaving foster care without the support of a family or adults they can rely on are some of the most vulnerable members of our community,” said Shannon Callahan, Interim Director of the Portland Housing Bureau. “New Meadows will offer a safe, stable place to live with a community support network to help transitioning foster youth receive the training, skills, and education to overcome barriers and realize their potential.”

 In 2010, the City provided funding to create the first Bridge Meadows housing community in Portland, one block from New Meadows in the Portsmouth neighborhood. Bridge Meadows’ innovative model for bringing together elders, foster children, and adoptive families in an affordable housing community has become a nationally recognized success story for how vulnerable populations can thrive with a stable home, surrounded by the right support. New Meadows hopes to tap into the resource network at the nearby property. 

“As a City, seeking effective, humane, lasting solutions to homelessness is one of our top priorities. One of the best tools we have in that effort is to prevent homelessness where it can be prevented with the right support,” says Mayor Ted Wheeler. “This joint venture between Bridge Meadows and New Avenues for Youth represents the very type of innovation, dedication, and humanity we need as we work together toward that vision. New Meadows will be a crucial stepping stone for these youth in maintaining and achieving self-sufficiency.” 

Click here to see more images of The Dorothy Lemelson House & New Meadows Program.