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Solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland.

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fax: 503-823-2387

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

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East Portland Rental Rehabilitation Program

A statement from the Portland Housing Bureau

The Rental Rehabilitation Program, first submitted to City Council by the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) as a budget request in FY 16-17, was developed in response to a community-identified need for investments in safe, quality affordable housing in East Portland, where the deteriorating rental housing poses a health and safety risk for many low-income Portlanders, reduces the quality of life in their neighborhoods, and exacerbates the threat of involuntary displacement among vulnerable households. The proposal brought forward on behalf of the community advocated specifically for investments in shell repairs, water damage, organic growth in units, and energy efficiency improvements in existing affordable housing to address conditions they described as “dire.”

Through rigorous market and demographic analysis conducted by PHB in the annual State of Housing in Portland Report, we know that East Portland is home to the bulk of our city’s minority, low-income, and foreign-born residents. Beyond that, the 2016 report showed that East Portland neighborhoods are seeing some of the city’s steepest increases in rents and housing prices. 

PHB is committed to policy and program development that is responsive to the community and grounded in data. As we move forward with investments in programs to stabilize vulnerable residents in East Portland, and improve the safety and livability of the affordable housing stock in those neighborhoods, PHB recognizes the importance of assessing housing quality issues with the same rigorous data sourcing and careful analysis as our housing market and demographic data. PHB will therefore supply an analysis that builds on and updates the housing stock data provided by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability 2009 Portland Plan Background report on Housing Supply. This analysis will assess the existing supply of housing units and inventory both the absolute number of units as well as their physical characteristics including type, age, size, and condition. The inventory will be based on American Community Survey (ACS) data, the American Housing Survey, and other City data on permits and weatherization. Peer review will be employed to ensure quality and continuity with other City Data sources. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Bureau of Development Services and Portland State University faculty will be asked to serve in this capacity to ensure robust accountability. 

Relocation Assistance advisory group meets Friday, March 24

Mandatory Relocation Assistance Technical Advisory Committee

Friday, March 24 from 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Portland Housing Bureau
421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204


As directed by Portland City Council, the Portland Housing Bureau is convening a Mandatory Relocation Assistance Technical Advisory Committee, which will hold its first meeting this Friday, March 24 from 1:00 - 3:30 pm.

The Technical Advisory Committee will be asked to identify technical issues with the Mandatory Relocation Assistance Policy that was adopted by City Council on February 2, 2017.

Technical issues are those issues that warrant immediate legislative changes to the policy to ensure its effective implementation. The Technical Advisory Committee membership is comprised of City Council invited representatives of landlords and renters. These meetings are open to the public and public testimony is invited.

The agenda and meeting materials are available online here. Sign up here to receive email notifications about upcoming meetings and related updates.

N/NE Oversight Committee Meets Thursday, March 9



Thursday, March 9th from 6 - 8 pm
New Song Community Church
2511 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
(Entrance on NE Russell St)


The N/NE Community Oversight Committee will meet this Thursday, March 9, to hear updates on the Grant Warehouse housing development planned for NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and affordable rental housing coming to N. Williams, as well as plans to roll out a preference policy rental housing application process, and more. An agenda and meeting materials will be available here prior to the meeting. 

Oversight Committee meetings take place every other month and are open to the public, with time reserved for comments or questions on the agenda items. Meetings are also broadcast on Channel 30. A broadcast schedule will be posted soon. You can watch video of past meetings by clicking here. 

Portland Housing Bureau Announces the Release of Two Solicitations

The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) announces the release of two solicitations:

  • Winter 2017 Affordable Housing Notice of  Funding Availability (NOFA)
  • Winter 2017 Affordable Housing Preservation Request for Interest (RFI)

The NOFA, RFI, and all associated information can be found online at


Winter 2017 Affordable Housing NOFA

The NOFA is making available the following Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area (ICURA) resources:

  • $4,000,000 for affordable multifamily rental housing development or acquisition and rehabilitation
  • $9,000,000 for affordable homeownership development
  • PHB-owned site at 5020 N. Interstate Ave.

Of the $9M available for homeownership, up to $5M is available to redevelop the PHB-owned site at 5020 N. Interstate Ave, and whatever amount is awarded must be used for this purpose. The remaining $4M is available for homeownership development elsewhere in the ICURA. A map of the ICURA boundaries can be found here.

A mandatory information session for those considering submitting a proposal for the NOFA ONLY will be held:

Thursday February 2, 2017
Noon – 1:30 PM
Portland Housing Bureau offices
421 SW 6th Ave., Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204

At least one representative from each development team MUST attend. Proposers interested in the RFI only need not attend this information session.

Winter 2017 Affordable Housing Preservation RFI

The RFI requests proposals from owners of projects that already have a PHB loan or regulatory agreement (or both) and have identified more than $100,000 in capital needs. Projects may be located anywhere within the city of Portland.

Questions about the NOFA or RFI may be directed to:

Lois Waugh
Housing Portfolio Finance Coordinator



Portland City Council Unanimously Approves Historic Inclusionary Housing Program

December 21, 2016 -- Portland joined hundreds of municipalities across the country this morning with a unanimous City Council vote to adopt Oregon’s first Inclusionary Housing policy. The program, proposed by Commissioner Dan Saltzman and the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB), will link the production of affordable housing to market-rate housing development by requiring affordable units in new multifamily residential developments.

“Our vote today ensures that economically diverse neighborhoods and housing affordability will be preserved for generations to come,” said Commissioner Dan Saltzman.

State law prevented local municipalities from adopting Inclusionary Housing programs until Senate Bill 1533 passed in the 2016 legislative session, lifting the pre-emption. At the direction of Commissioner Dan Saltzman, PHB worked to develop a program for Portland in the months following the bill’s passage together with a panel of industry experts representing housing, development, and community members to advise on the policy and inform the details of the proposed program.

“We are grateful to the development community and housing advocates for their great effort and commitment in helping the housing bureau and Commissioner Saltzman craft a well-balanced policy that harnesses the creative energies of the housing development industry to ensure that Portland is an equitable and inclusive city,” said Portland Housing Bureau Director Kurt Creager.

The program will require developments with 20 or more units to reserve 20 percent of those units for households at 80 percent of the Area Median Income (or $58,650 for a family of four), with additional incentives for developers to include more deeply affordable units for households at 60 percent AMI (or $43,980 for a family of four).

“Inclusionary Housing is a big and important step that will add another strategy to help provide more affordable housing in Portland. The Inclusionary Housing Program will help create the diverse neighborhoods that Portlanders value, and keep Portland a livable city for all,” said Mayor Charlie Hales.

The Inclusionary Housing policy was approved in a 5-0 vote and will go into effect February 1, 2017.


Additional Inclusionary Housing Program Details:

  • Will provide incentives to offset the cost of providing the affordable units, including Construction Excise Tax (CET) waivers, System Development Charges (SDC) waivers, density bonuses and property tax exemptions.
  • An exemption from minimum parking standards for development projects that are close to transit and provide on-site or off-site affordable dwelling units.

New construction of 20 or more units must provide those units on-site, off-site or pay a fee in lieu of constructing affordable units, which will go into an affordable housing fund.

An “off-site option” allows developers to comply with the inclusionary requirements by either building new units or dedicating existing units at a site that is near the development site.

The program will separate the inclusion rates of the Central City and the rest of Portland into two “inclusion rates” to account for the difference in scale and development costs in each area: 

  • Central City will require projects with 20 or more units to provide 20 percent of units at 80 percent MFI or 10 percent of units at 60 percent MFI.
  • Outside the Central City will phase in a lower inclusion rate, starting at 15 percent of units at 80 percent MFI and 8 percent of units at 60 percent MFI. On January 1, 2019, these rates will increase to match those in the Central City.

Learn more about the details of the program here.