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Solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland.

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

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Important upcoming deadline for the Mortgage Credit Certificate Program

Currently, Congress is considering tax reform legislation that will eliminate the Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) program for MCC certificates with issue dates after December 31, 2017. In order to review and issue MCC certificates by this deadline, the Portland Housing Bureau must receive all closing documents by close of business on Tuesday, December 26, 2017. There will be no exceptions. The MCC program will be on hold until further notice. For more information, contact Sharon Johnson at or by phone at (503) 823-1018


Framework Awarded $6M from City of Portland “Fast Starts” Program to Support Affordable Housing

Project reflects Oregon’s leadership in emerging wood products industry of Cross Laminated Timber


Home Forward, project^ and the Framework team has been awarded $6M to develop 60 units of affordable housing in what will be the first high-rise structure in the U.S. made from wood and the first earthquake resilient building of its kind in America. The funding award came through the Portland Housing Bureau’s Fast Starts program – a city initiative designed to get shovel-ready affordable housing units built as quickly as possible to react to our city’s housing crisis.

"By investing in Framework, our city will now be home to the first skyscraper made from wood in the United States. This project not only reflects Oregon’s leadership in the newly emerging wood products industry of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), it also demonstrates our city’s commitment to finding innovative ways to quickly deliver affordable units during our housing crisis,” said Portland Mayor, Ted Wheeler.

“Framework was selected as a Fast Starts project, after a rigorous process, under the City’s new effort to mobilize resources quickly to alleviate the housing crisis,” said Portland Housing Bureau Director Kurt Creager. “Because so many partners have also contributed to make this important project a reality, we have a great opportunity to begin using this innovative technology in Portland to create more resilient, sustainable, and affordable housing.”

Framework, which received building permit approval in June 2017, was selected for its project readiness; alignment with the City’s equity goals; ability to leverage City funds; new partnerships and philanthropic incentives; and innovation in sustainable materials and earthquake resilience.

Framework’s new technology and innovation are being paid for by grants from the U.S. Forest Service, Metro, Hewlett Foundation, Harbourton Foundation, Edwards Mother Earth Foundation, and the Oregon Community Foundation.

“We are pleased to be part of the mayor’s comprehensive efforts toward providing affordable housing to an underserved community of residents in Portland,” said Anyeley Hallova, developer, project^. “Our proud commitment to social equity and economic opportunity in urban and rural Oregon is being cosigned by a powerhouse alliance of like-minded organizations whose focus is on energy efficiency, conservation, building innovations, rural economic development, sustainable forestry, transit-oriented development, and affordable housing.” 

Framework is an innovative demonstration project that will utilize over 50% of the wood from regionally harvested timber and/or local manufacturing in rural Oregon communities such as Riddle and will be a catalyst for economic development. The goal is to demonstrate a path for tall wood buildings thereby unlocking the demand for new timber and manufacturing jobs and investment in mass timber products.

“We need more affordable units today and additional tools to address our community’s long-term needs. As a public agency, we have a responsibility to help create more options to develop affordable housing that’s seismically safer, more efficient and more sustainable. We’re thrilled to be a part of this innovation for our industry” said Michael Buonocore, Executive Director, Home Forward.

The Framework Project

Framework is being developed by project^ in partnership with Home Forward and designed by LEVER Architectureon land currently owned by Beneficial State Bancorp. Future tenants of the building will support a unique blend of programming including office space for Beneficial State Bank and Albina Community Bank which will provide resources and programs to build resident’s financial capacity, aligned street level retail, BCorp businesses and social enterprise; along with a tall wood exhibit and 60 units of housing affordable at or below 60% Area Median Income (AMI).

Framework is an award-winning project nationally and locally in recognition of its innovative, sustainable design, and pioneering research. The project recently received an acknowledgment prize for North America from the LafargeHolcim Foundation, considered the world’s most significant competition in sustainable design and scooped the national U.S. Tall Wood Buildingprize of $1.5 million from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Softwood Lumber Board, and Binational Softwood Lumber Council to fund the research necessary to utilize wood products in high-rise construction.

Framework underwent a stringent performance-based review process that included a series of fire, acoustic, and structural tests undertaken at Oregon State University (OSU), Portland State University (PSU), and with the TallWood Design Institute (OSU/UO). The building passed design review approvals from the City of Portland in July 2016 and the official building permit for Framework was approved by the State of Oregon and the City of Portland in June 2017 - signaling a landmark decision for the U.S. construction industry. Construction is planned to begin in early 2018 and be completed by mid-2019.

The Framework Project is represented by a collective of strong industry expertise that will drive the project’s success and will promote the use of wood technologies in future tall building developments. The group includes, in addition to project^ and Home Forward, LEVER Architecture, Walsh Construction Co., KPFF Consulting Engineers, ARUP, PAE Consulting Engineers, Studio, and StructureCraft Builders Inc. For additional information,



City Approves Streamlined Green Building Policy for Affordable Housing

The new policy simplifies certification and reduces costs in affordable housing development.

Portland City Council has approved a green building policy designed to reduce costs in affordable housing projects and provide equitable access to healthy, high performing buildings. The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) worked with green building consultants to develop a streamlined policy that maintains LEED and Earth Advantage standards, but narrows requirements to the measures that provide the greatest benefit to affordable multifamily housing: energy, water, and indoor air quality. 

“Focusing on a much smaller and more impactful set of requirements reduces  documentation and administration costs,” said PHB Director Kurt Creager. “The targets we have for energy, water, and indoor air quality are very high, and puts the focus there, where it can make the greatest difference for residents.”

The policy will apply to the construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing projects with 20 units or more that receive at least 10 percent of their funding from PHB, as well as PHB-owned buildings. The policy aims to improve tenant health, reduce operation and maintenance costs, and implement the City/County Climate Action Plan, with goals of reaching net zero energy consumption in affordable housing projects by 2050 and 50 percent water reduction by 2040. 

Among other provisions, the new policy requires projects to either include a PV system and EV charging or install infrastructure to be PV and EV ready. It also calls for the use of a Life Cycle Cost Analysis tool developed by Earth Advantage for Oregon that uses building design data to more accurately and consistently measure and compare the construction and operation costs of various green building strategies, allowing design teams and PHB to make informed, data-driven decisions and investments. Over time, the most cost effective strategies will emerge and best practices can be developed that will inform future policy. 

“This forward-thinking policy cuts red tape to help us build high-quality, environmentally friendly, cost-effective housing,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler.


City Seeks Proposals for Portland’s Housing Bond

The Portland Housing Bureau has released the first solicitation to acquire property and buildings under the affordable housing bond.

Property owners, their representatives, and developers may now begin submitting proposals for Portland’s Housing Bond.

The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) released a Request for Interest (RFI) on October 23, 2017, seeking opportunities to acquire land or existing residential buildings of twenty units or more. 

Portland voters approved Portland’s Housing Bond in 2016, authorizing the City to issue up to $258.4 million in general obligation bonds for the development or acquisition of affordable housing. PHB expects to build and purchase a minimum of 1,300 housing units with these funds.

“We’re encouraging proposals for both traditional and nontraditional development opportunities,” said PHB Director Kurt Creager. “Unlike our traditional funding process, this RFI does not solicit competitive bids. Instead, we will determine which proposals best serve the public good and announce results on a rolling basis.”

Proposals will be evaluated in part by their alignment with Portland’s Housing Bond Policy Framework, which was developed by an 18-member advisory body with input from nearly 1,000 community members to guide the expenditure of bond funds.

The Framework, which was adopted by Portland City Council on October 11, sets an overall goal of 1,300 affordable housing units (including 650 family-sized units, and 600 deeply affordable units), and emphasizes the importance of serving Communities of Color, families, and households experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of homelessness or displacement, among other priorities. It also seeks to focus resources geographically in areas at high risk for gentrification as well as in High Opportunity Areas. 

“This is another exciting milestone and a step forward in addressing our housing crisis,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler. “The community has provided us with a strategic direction for these resources. With that in place, we’re ready to move quickly on this historic opportunity to house families and stem displacement.”

The full RFI is available online at For more information on Portland’s Housing Bond, visit


The Portland Consortium Community Development Block Grant Program to hold Public Meetings

Come discuss economic development, social services, and housing needs in Portland, Gresham, and Multnomah County, and help local government prioritize resources for the 2018−2019 spending plan to address community needs.

Notice of Public Meetings

Thursday, October 26, 2017
5:45 − 8:00 pm (Dinner served at 5:45 pm)
Sunrise Center
18901 E. Burnside 
Portland, OR 97233

For interpreters, childcare, or special accommodations, call or email:
503-618-2814 /
Para espanol llame a: José Ibarra at 503-988-8109 /

Thursday, November 2, 2017
5:45 − 8:00 pm (Dinner served at 5:45 pm)
Rosewood Initiative
16126 SE Stark St.  
Portland, OR 97233

Call or email for interpreters, childcare, or special accommodations. / 503-823-5312 
TDD 503.823.6868

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
5:45 − 8:00 pm (Dinner served at 5:45 pm)
Multnomah County East Building
600 NE 8th Street
Gresham, OR 97030

Call or email for interpreters, childcare, or special accommodations. / 503-618-2814


These meetings are open to the public and public testimony is invited.

Language interpretation is available upon request.



 For more information, to comment on the Portland Consortium's Annual Action Plans, or to request a hard copy, visit or contact Kim McCarty at or 503-823-5312.  

Comments may be submitted electronically, in person, by mail, or by phone. Submit your comments online by clicking here or send them to the Portland Housing Bureau, Attn: Con Plan Staff, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204. To submit your comments via email or phone, contact  Kim McCarty at or 503.823.5312 (TDD 503.823.6868). Please submit your comments by November 30, 2017.

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Reasonable Accommodations: To help ensure equal access to City programs, services, and activities, the City of Portland will upon request, provide interpretation, translation, childcare, and reasonably modify policies/procedures, and provide auxiliary aids/services/alternative formats to persons with disabilities. Call or email to request accommodations. 503.823.2375, TTY, 503.823.6868.

Language interpretation is available: Please call 503-823-5312 at least 48 hours before the meeting to request service. 

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