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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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City to Fund Expanded Legal Services to Combat Housing Discrimination

A new report cites barriers to enforcement of Fair Housing law.

Findings from the latest Fair Housing audit, released today, revealed that in nearly one in four cases, leasing agents had provided adverse differential treatment to prospective renters based on their race or national origin. 

The City of Portland contracts annually with the Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO) to conduct random anonymous testing of housing providers to identify potential illegal discrimination as well as other patterns or issues in the city’s rental market. Results are analyzed to identify market trends of concern, areas to target education efforts and, where there is sufficient evidence, to conduct enforcement of Fair Housing violations.

However, this year’s report also cites challenges to successful enforcement of Fair Housing law, including the difficulty of obtaining the services of a private attorney and a lack of funding for enforcement at the state and city level. 

To support increased enforcement efforts, the Portland Housing Bureau is releasing a solicitation making up to $200,000 available for one or more community-based organizations to provide a range of renter services for historically underserved communities living in Multnomah County, with an emphasis on direct legal services to enforce Fair Housing and landlord tenant law.

"We want to make sure Portland continues to address these issues as we focus our resources on some of our most vulnerable citizens, realizing there is a lot more work to be done,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler.

Between March 2016 and February 2018, FHCO conducted 45 initial tests of rental properties within the City of Portland. Of these tests, 16 were either positive or inconclusive for adverse differential treatment of a protected class tester and warranted further testing. The 13 total positive tests (including retests) showed evidence that differing information about rental terms and conditions, rent prices, move-in specials, deposits, application fees, and screening criteria had been provided that favored the comparative tester over the protected class tester. Testing also showed that agents continued to make statements that could either discourage protected class testers from renting or applying or encourage comparative testers to rent or apply.

"Despite the fact that the Fair Housing Act was passed 50 years ago, many members of our community continue to experience discrimination and differential treatment in the housing market,” said Housing Bureau Director Shannon Callahan. “As we address the challenges in our community of displacement and housing affordability, it’s critical to ensure that Portlanders are treated equally when they are applying for housing and have the same access to opportunity, regardless of their race, national origin, color, religion, sex, family status, or disability.”

Click here to download the full FHCO report.


Click here to download the Tenant Protections Legal Services Request for Letters of Interest.

 

Inclusionary Housing (IH) Program Interim Administrative Rules

The Portland Housing Bureau has created interim administrative rules for the Inclusionary Housing (IH) Program section on the reasonable equivalency unit distribution requirement for rental developments.

The interim rules can be accessed at www.portlandoregon.gov/phb/IHrules.

Hard copies are available at the Portland Housing Bureau offices, located at 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500, in Downtown Portland.

Canceled! Multnomah County/Gresham Annual Community Need Meeting on October 30

Canceled!

Multnomah County/Gresham
Annual Community Need Meeting

(Reunion en Espanol; Spanish language hearing, English interpretation available)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - Canceled. November 14 and 15 meetings are still happening as planned.
5:45 - 7:45 pm (Dinner at 5:45pm)

Rockwood Library
17917 SE Stark St 
Portland, OR  97030

Call or email to register by October 26:
Rachel.Nehse@GreshamOregon.gov
(503) 618-2814

Para Espanol Ilama a Alberto Morales:
Alberto.Morales@GreshamOregon.gov
(503) 618-2456

2018 Portland Consortium Community Need Hearings

Expand Housing Choice for Everyone

We want to hear from you! 

Join us to discuss the economic, social services, and housing needs in your community. Your input will help Portland, Gresham, and Multnomah County prioritize resources for 2019−2020. There are three opportunities to participate. See below for dates and locations.

Click here to view the Consolidated Plan
 

Multnomah County/Gresham
Annual Community Need Meeting *Canceled*

(Reunion en Espanol; Spanish language hearing, English interpretation available)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

5:45 - 7:45 pm (Dinner at 5:45pm)

Rockwood Library

17917 SE Stark St 
Portland, OR  97030

Call or email to register by October 26:
Rachel.Nehse@GreshamOregon.gov
(503) 618-2814

Para Espanol Ilama a Alberto Morales:
Alberto.Morales@GreshamOregon.gov
(503) 618-2456

Gresham/Multnomah County
Annual Community Need Meeting

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

5:45 - 8:00 pm (Dinner at 5:45pm)
Gresham Library
385 NW Miller Ave
Gresham, OR  97030
  

Call or email to register by November 12:
Rachel.Nehse@GreshamOregon.gov
(503) 618-2814

Para Espanol Ilama a Alberto Morales: 
Alberto.Morales@GreshamOregon.gov
(503) 618-2456

 

Portland Consortium
Annual Community Need Meeting

Thursday, November 15, 2018  

5:45 - 8:00 pm (Dinner at 5:45pm)

New Song Community Center

220 NE Russell St
Portland, OR 97217

Click here to register by November 13th.
or call or email Kim McCarty:
KimMcCarty@PortlandOregon.gov
503-823-5312


Call 503-823-5312 to request interpreters, childcare, or accessibilty accommodations. Spanish and ASL interpreters will be present.

Para Espanol Ilama a Alberto Morales: 
Alberto.Morales@GreshamOregon.gov
(503) 618-2456

Light food and beverages provided. Childcare available by pre-registration. Accessible by MAX and Bus. 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. Language interpretation is available: Please call 503-823-5312 at least 48 hours before the meeting to request service. Click here for translated fliers. Interpretación está disponible para esta reunión. Por favor llame a 503-823-5312 al menos 48 horas antes de la reunión para solicitar estos servicios. На собрании для вас могут быть предоставлены услуги ухода за детьми и устный перевод. Пожалуйста, позвоните по номеру 503-823-5312, по крайней мере за 48 часов до собрания, что бы заказать услуги. 此次会议将会提供儿童看管及翻译服务。请在会议之前至少48小时拨打电话 503-823-5312 要求此项服务。 Có giữ trẻ và thông dịch viên trong buổi họp này. Xin gọi 503-823-5312 ít nhất 48 tiếng trước buổi họp để yêu cầu các dịch vụ này. Daryeelka ilmaha iyo tarjumaada waa kuwo la helayo kulankaan. Fadlan wac 503-823-5312 ugu yaraan 48 saacadood kahor kulanka si aad u codsatid adeega.

City Completes 18-Month Review of Inclusionary Housing Program

A new report shows early success in producing affordable housing in the private market and outlines program adjustments to encourage continued development.

 

October 3, 2018 (Portland, OR) – A new report by the Portland Housing Bureau on the City’s Inclusionary Housing (IH) program shows that in the first 18 months, the City has permitted, or is in process to permit, at least 362 affordable units resulting from 43 development projects submitted under the IH program to date. Together these projects account for nearly 2,300 new housing units added to the city’s overall housing stock.

“Inclusionary Housing is the cornerstone of our work to ensure housing options for Portlanders at every income level,” said Housing Bureau interim director Shannon Callahan. “We’re proud of the progress so far and we’re working with our partners and the development community to ensure its continued success.”

As of February 1, 2017, all residential buildings in Portland proposing 20 or more units are required to provide a percentage of the new housing at rents affordable to households at 80% of median family income (currently $58,640 for a family of three), with an emphasis on households earning 60% MFI or less (up to $43,980 for a family of three).

The City estimates that the affordable housing that has been produced in privately financed projects under IH so far would be equivalent to a $32 million-dollar public subsidy, based on the average per-unit cost to the City to develop affordable rental housing. As an added benefit, many of these units are located in high-opportunity areas throughout the city.

The report also highlights development trends as well local housing market indicators. In Portland, multifamily permitting continues to advance despite signals that the market cycle is beginning to ebb, meanwhile, the pipeline of pre-IH units continues to decline as post-IH projects are increasing and moving through the land use and permitting process. Based on the analysis, the Housing Bureau makes a number of recommendations for program refinements in order to encourage this progress. Among other modest adjustments, the Housing Bureau has recommended maintaining the policy’s current inclusion rates in the neighborhoods outside the Central City and delaying the ramp up that was originally scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2019 by another two years.

“I am pleased the Housing Bureau is continuing to monitor this program closely and making adjustments as needed to ensure it’s working to create more workforce housing for Portland and supporting the smart growth of our city,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler.

Click here to read the full report. Find more information and a map of the current of Inclusionary Housing project pipeline here.

     

Key Highlights:

  • 8,294 units (in buildings with 20+ units) from the pre-IH vested pipeline remain in some stage of permitting
  • 8,578 units (in buildings with 20+ units) have entered permitting, land use review, or pre-application/early assistance since IH went into effect
  • 362 affordable inclusionary housing units (in projects with 2,269 total units) have permitted or are close to permitting
  • Multifamily permitting in 2017 set a historic high at over 6,000 permits
  • Market indicators are signaling a shift in the market cycle based on factors unrelated to the IH program