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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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Portland City Council Approves Strategic Plan to Create 1,300 Affordable Housing Units

City will begin accepting proposals for affordable housing development later this month

Portland City Council has approved guidelines for Portland’s Housing Bond, putting in place a policy framework for the City to begin seeking funding proposals later this month. Portland voters passed the $258.4 million general obligation bond for affordable housing last November.

“Portland’s Housing Bond is a historic opportunity to stabilize families and mitigate displacement,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler. “This is the community’s bond, so we took the time necessary for a deliberate and thoughtful community process to get it right. The result is better because of it.”

Following a robust community process, City Council was presented with a Policy Framework on Wednesday establishing production goals and accountability measures for Portland’s Housing Bond, as well as community priorities that will inform the location and other selection criteria for bond-funded housing.

The Framework was developed by an 18-member stakeholder advisory group, with input from nearly 1,000 community members. Among other priorities, it reaffirms the Bond Measure goals of creating 1,300 affordable housing units, including 600 for very-low income households and 650 for families. Further, the plan sets a target for 300 units of supportive housing, provided that external funding for services is secured.

The plan also prioritizes strategies to mitigate displacement, and advance housing opportunities for Communities of Color, families, and households facing homelessness or imminent displacement. Visit to read the full Framework.


City’s First Inclusionary Housing Developments Move Forward

The first three buildings permitted under the City’s new Inclusionary Housing policy received City Council approval yesterday for affordable housing tax exemptions. Portland’s Inclusionary Housing policy, which went into effect in February, requires new residential buildings lease a percentage of their units at rents affordable to households at 80 percent of the area median income, or pay a fee-in-lieu to fund future affordable housing development.   

The three projects, which are planned for the Woodstock, Mt. Tabor, and Buckman neighborhoods, will receive 10-year tax exemptions and will be providing affordable units within their buildings for 99 years.  Altogether, they will create 170 new units of housing, 23 of which will be affordable to households between 60 – 80 percent of the area median income (currently $40,380 - $53,800 a year for a family of three). 

“Launching inclusionary housing with more than 20 affordable new units in three of our great Southeast neighborhoods is great first step,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler. “Moving forward, we have a framework in place to ensure that growth benefits the people who live and work here.”

The Multiple-Unit Limited Tax Exemption program (MULTE) is one of the financial incentives provided to Inclusionary Housing projects providing affordable units, in addition to exemption of the Affordable Housing Construction Excise Tax, and for projects providing units affordable at 60 percent of area median income or below, exemption of the System Development Charges.

Affordable Housing Bond Public Meetings This Week

The Stakeholder Advisory Group has its last meeting on Wednesday, September 27

September 26: Bond Oversight Committee

Tuesday, September 26 from 10 am − Noon

The Portland Housing Bureau
421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204

The Affordable Housing Bond Oversight Committee (BOC) will meet Tuesday, September 26 from 10am - 12pm at the Portland Housing Bureau in the Steel Conference Room. An agenda and meeting materials will be available online here

September 27: Stakeholder Advisory Group - Final Meeting

Wednesday, September 27 from 9 am − Noon 

The Portland Housing Bureau
421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204

The Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) has its final meeting Wednesday, September 27 at the Portland Housing Bureau to discuss community feedback on the Draft Policy Framework and finalizing the plan to bring before Portland City Council on October 11. An agenda and meeting materials are available online here.

Meetings are open to the public and public testimony is invited. 

For more information about Portland's Affordable Housing Bond, visit us online at:

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N/NE Oversight Committee September Meeting

Join the N/NE Oversight Committee this Thursday to discuss the Legacy Property Project and to learn about a new Accessory Dwelling Unit program.




Thursday, September 14 from 6 - 8:30pm

New Song Community Church

220 NE Russell Street

Portland, OR 97212

The N/NE Oversight Committee meets this Thursday to discuss the Legacy Property Project with Prosper Portland (formerly PDC), hear updates on three housing developments planned or in progress in North and Northeast Portland, and to discuss a new Accessory Dwelling Unit program being proposed by the Portland Housing Bureau.The agenda and meeting materials are available online here

Oversight Committee meetings are held every other month, with time reserved for public comment or questions on the agenda items. Meetings are broadcast on  Channel 30. Click here for this month's broadcast schedule. See videos of past 2017 meetings by clicking here

Questions? Comments? Email us at or call 503-823-1190

Next Week: Portland Housing Bureau 2017 Racial Equity Forum

With keynote address by Derek Hyra, author of "Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City."

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
8:30 – 11:30 am 
New Song Community Center
220 NE Russell St.
Portland, OR 97212

Breakfast will be served at 8:30 am. Program begins at 9 am.

Click here to RSVP

The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) invites you to our Annual Racial Equity Forum to learn about our efforts to eliminate racial disparities in housing programs and projects. This year’s program will include a review of PHB policies and the impact they have had on diversity within our housing portfolio, as well as a keynote address from special guest speaker Derek Hyra, Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University. Professor Hyra’s research focuses on processes of neighborhood change, with an emphasis on housing, metropolitan politics, and race. He is the author of Race, Class and Politics in the Cappuccino City

This event is mandatory for PHB-funded partners and PHB staff. All other interested parties are welcome to join us for a conversation about our roles in changing the disparate impact of economic displacement on racial groups. Please share this invitation with your networks and click here to RSVP.

Click here for a meeting agenda. If you have any questions about this event or need to request an accommodation, contact Kim McCarty at 503-823-5312.