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Solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland.

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fax: 503-823-2387

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Portland Housing Bureau Now Accepting Statements of Qualifications for Fast Start Program

Interested developers and stakeholders will need to submit their materials to the housing bureau by September 1, 2016


To:      Interested Developers and Stakeholders

From:  Kurt Creager, PHB Director   

RE:     Fast Start Program


ORS Chapter 279 includes the “Public Contracting Code (PCC)” which sets forth the regulations governing public contracting and Section 279A.025 of the PCC exempts the “acquisitions or disposals of real property or interest in real property” from these rules. Because acquisitions and dispositions are exempt from the PCC and, consequently, the City's procurement rules, PHB is able to negotiate directly with a prospective purchaser regarding the transfer of land and PHB funding for that project.

For several years, PHB has selected developers/owners for PHB property through public solicitations including “Requests for Proposals (RFPs),” “Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs)”, and “Requests for Qualifications (RFQs)”. Although not required to conform to the PCC or City procurement rules, these public solicitations include many of the elements required under City procurement regulations for contracts in excess of one hundred thousand dollars such as advertising of the opportunity, defined selection criteria, a pre-submission meeting for proposers, a written proposal with a published submission date and submission requirements, multiple selection advisory committees, and interviews with developer teams. These processes have the benefit of being highly transparent but are very labor intensive for all proposers and PHB; indeed some of these solicitations have taken more than six months from start to finish.

PHB will generally continue to use these historic solicitation methods for the allocation of PHB controlled funds to affordable housing projects. However, PHB also plans to use a more efficient process for a limited five (5) year term, beginning in city fiscal year (FY) 2017, to select prospective developers/owners of PHB-owned real property. Modeled after what is termed “Flexible Services Contracting” under the City’s procurement rules, this new, more efficient process will allow a pool of prequalified developers/owners to be solicited at one time for a five year period based on general qualifications. This pool of prospective developers/owners, the FAST START list, will be required to have very high degree of development experience and financial capability that will enable a property interest to move from PHB ownership to occupancy with improved efficiency. This is particularly important when PHB resources are tied up in land acquisition.

When a property becomes available for development, PHB staff will negotiate with one or more of the pre-approved FAST START developers/owners in order to come to agreement for the sale or disposition of any interest in PHB-owned real property as well as for the funding required for the development of that site. Developers/owners may also proffer sites for sale and/or development to PHB. Adopting this expedited solicitation process should increase the speed with which a small subset of PHB-funded projects are implemented in coming years.



  • In August, 2016 PHB will advertise a solicitation for owner/developers interested in being on the approved “FAST START” list of entities or individuals interested in acquiring an interest in one or more unidentified parcels of land over the next five years for the development of affordable housing.
  • This solicitation will invite parties to submit a three page letter describing the entities’ qualifications to develop projects in the $5 million - $20 million range. The statement of qualifications will include the developer’s statement of commitment to social equity and inclusion going forward, as well as a self-certification regarding eligibility under HUD programs. Submission will require a current financial statement. To be eligible for consideration, a developer must have at least ten years of experience in real estate development and property management, and have unrestricted cash assets of at least one (1) million dollars.
  • PHB staff will consider the submissions and, at PHB’s sole discretion, prepare a list of potential FAST START developer/owners for PHB sites.
  • When a PHB property becomes available for development, PHB will consider the FAST START pre-approved list of developers; and select one or more parties with whom to negotiate regarding the transfer (leasehold interest or sale) and development of the real property.
  • The negotiation and developer selection for a specific property interest may require the submission of additional materials, at PHB discretion, such as updated qualifying information or proposals for a specific site.
  • Selection of the preferred partner will be at PHB’s sole discretion based on a developer’s superior ability to develop a particular site including the ability to mobilize capital; ability to assemble and manage a team; and the internal capacity to execute the project on time and within budget.
  • As is the convention in real property development, the individual and entities on the approved FAST START list will not always be the actual party to which the real property interest is conveyed. There may be instrumentalities or related companies created for


the purpose of undertaking the project. However, the FAST START entities or individuals will have a controlling interest in the entity that acquires the property interest.


  • PHB reserves the right to remove any party from the FAST START list given new information available at any time.
  • The FAST START list will be posted on the PHB website and will expire in five years from the date on which the approved list was made public. We anticipate initiating this program in September, 2016 and it will therefore be effective through August, 2021.
  • During the initial five year period, PHB will use the list to convey all interests in real property, unless PHB management determines that the goals set forth in City planning documents are better served by conducting an individual solicitation for a particular property. If that were determined, everyone on the FAST START list would be notified of the public solicitation and invited to compete.
  • The three page letter containing the Statement of Qualifications will be accepted by PHB up close of business (5pm Pacific Time) Thursday September 1, 2016. By submitting a SoQ, prospective developers/owners agree to enter into a development agreement in substantially the same form as the attachment “A” unless modified by mutual agreement.

Download a PDF of this announcement by clicking here.

Portland Housing Bureau to Purchase Joyce Hotel

The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) will purchase the Joyce Hotel—the last remaining weekly stay building providing immediate, safe, temporary housing for Portland’s homeless—for $4.22 million. 

The purchase agreement, executed Tuesday, is the City’s second offer on the property since a 90-day eviction notice was issued to the building’s residents on December 31. An initial offer was proffered in March when the building was fully occupied in an effort to keep the existing tenants in place.

“The Joyce has long provided transitional housing and a last resort for very vulnerable people with few other options. The loss of such units during a housing and homelessness emergency would create a real humanitarian crisis,” said Kurt Creager, Director of the Portland Housing Bureau.

Located at SW 11th and Stark, the Joyce has 69 rooms, both individual and hostel-style, available for $19-$50 a night. For some residents, it had been their primary dwelling for several years. While only approximately 20 residents currently remain in the building, preserving one of the few remaining low-barrier, low-cost housing options in the Central City was critical to the social service providers operating in the city’s core. The Central City No Net Loss Policy, under which the City of Portland committed to maintaining 8,286 affordable rental units in the Central City, was also a compelling factor in the bureau’s decision, Creager says.

“I am very pleased that the Joyce Hotel will remain open so that some of the most vulnerable people in our community will have a safe place to go, rather than being out on the street,” said Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees the Portland Housing Bureau. “As a compassionate city, we must continue to prioritize our resources to invest in the social safety net for Portlanders who are most vulnerable and at risk.”

In the immediate term, Central City Concern (CCC) will operate the hotel, assessing individual tenants and offering additional services as necessary. Following the purchase, PHB will relocate any remaining residents when it rehabilitates the hotel and addresses exigent health and safety issues. 

“We are proud to help the City keep the Joyce hotel available to very low-income people in our community,” said Central City Concern Executive Director Ed Blackburn. “CCC will spend the next few months making needed capital improvements, strengthening operations, and defining guidelines for future tenants.”

Home Forward Opens Waiting Lists for Selected Public Housing Communities

The deadline to apply is June 11, 2016.

From June 8 - June 11, Home Forward will be accepting applications for studios, and one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments at twelve subsidized housing communities. Both project-based Section 8 and public housing opportunities are available.

Project-based Section 8 is a program that helps people with their rent while they live in the apartment. Public housing consists of apartment and townhome communities that are owned and managed by Home Forward. Through the use of Federal funds, Home Forward is able to charge affordable rent that is based on the household’s income (public housing residents generally pay 28.5 - 31 percent of their income for rent).

The deadline to apply is June 11
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N/NE Community Oversight Committee Meets Thursday, May 26

THURSDAY, MAY 26 from 6pm - 8pm
(Sandwiches and beverages will be served at 5:30; meeting begins promptly at 6pm)

2511 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97211
(Community Room entry on NE Russell St)

The Oversight Committee is a community-based group formed to oversee the Portland Housing Bureau's work to address displacement in North and Northeast Portland. The committee meets every other month for progress updates and discussion on the  N/NE Neighborhood Housing Strategy. These meetings are open to the public. 

This month, join us to hear an update about the first Preference Policy application round, new affordable rental housing planned for N/NE Portland, and a report from Housing Bureau Director Kurt Creager on affordable housing expenditures (Tax Increment Financing or "TIF") in the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area.   

The last 30 minutes of the meeting are reserved for public comment and questions on any of this month's agenda items. If you have questions or comments about any issues that are not on this month's agenda, contact us directly at 503-823-1190 or email Comment cards will also be available at the meeting.

Oversight Committee meetings will now be filmed by Portland Community Media and broadcast on Channel 30. The broadcast schedule will be available shortly. 

The public is welcome. Meeting schedules and agendas are posted here.