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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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City Awards $3.2 Million to Preserve Affordable Housing

The funding will support major rehabilitation work needed to preserve more than 200 housing units serving those exiting homelessness.

July 16, 2018 (Portland, OR) – The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) has announced $3.2 million in funding awards to rehabilitate three residential buildings and preserve 214 units of affordable housing:

  • The Medford Hotel, owned by Central City Concern, with 60 affordable units of supportive housing services at 506 NW 5th Avenue. (Central Portland)
  • The Arbor Glen, owned by Human Solutions, with 97 affordable units serving families transitioning from homelessness at 2609 SE 145th Avenue. (East Portland)
  • The Rose Apartments, owned by REACH CDC, with 57 units serving previously homeless women. (SE Portland)

PHB released a Request for Interest (RFI) in January 2017 for applications from owners of City-regulated affordable housing projects in need of significant repair or rehabilitation. Projects with a minimum of 40 units that were at least eight years old and had identified capital replacement costs greater than $100,000 were considered. The proposals were ranked and scored based on need for rehabilitation. Three were selected for funding this year by the Housing Bureau and Mayor Ted Wheeler.

“Like any capital asset, these buildings wear out over time and need to be repaired or rehabilitated to continue serving low- and moderate-income residents with safe, habitable housing,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler.

PHB regulates more than 13,500 affordable housing units in more than 350 buildings. Since it was established in 2010, the Bureau has released nine solicitations, primarily awarding funding to projects that would add new affordable units to the housing stock. Responses to those solicitations, however, have also indicated a great need to preserve existing stock as well.

“These three buildings serve an important part of our efforts to house families and individuals transitioning from homelessness,” said Shannon Callahan, Interim Director of the Portland Housing Bureau. “It is an important part of the Housing Bureau’s mission to preserve our community’s affordable housing stock.” 

New Housing Bond Development Planned for Cully Neighborhood

The acquisition of a NE Portland property for development adds at least 50 new homes to a pipeline that now tops 560 Bond-funded housing units.

New Housing Bond Development Planned for Cully Neighborhood
The acquisition of a NE Portland property for development adds at least 50 new homes to a pipeline that now tops 560 Bond-funded housing units.


July 12, 2018 –  The Cully neighborhood will be the site of a new Housing Bond development, the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) announced today. PHB is acquiring a 19,000-square foot property at 5827 NE Prescott to build at least 50 new units of affordable housing with funds from Portland’s Housing Bond.

The property is the fourth Bond project announced in the last 18 months, totaling more than 560 units of permanently affordable housing planned or purchased to date under the Bond.

“This opportunity to bring new housing to a critically important and underserved area is another strong step forward toward our Bond goals,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler. “My pledge to the public is to deliver the 1,300 units promised under the Bond by 2023. With the 50 new units planned for this site, plus hundreds more under active negotiation, we are making aggressive progress to meet our commitment well ahead of schedule.”

The property’s location in one of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods follows criteria for Bond expenditures established in a community framework adopted by City Council. Under the framework, the Bond should serve to prevent displacement and provide new housing opportunities, with a focus on communities of color, those experiencing homelessness, immigrant and refugee communities, and other populations disproportionately impacted by the housing emergency.

“This is a rapidly gentrifying area where families are facing a growing risk of being priced out,” said Portland Housing Bureau interim director Shannon Callahan. “Acquiring this property with the Bond allows us to create a permanent foothold of affordability in this neighborhood and stable housing for as many as 200 people.”

PHB will bring a final acquisition to Portland City Council for approval on July 18th at 10:35 am, and design work for the site is expected to begin next summer. For more information, visit

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

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 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:
•  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 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.