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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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Portland Voters Pass First Affordable Housing Bond

Measure 26-179 is largest General Obligation Bond ever passed by Portland voters.

Portland voters made history yesterday by passing Measure 26-179, the  city's first ever affordable housing bond. The $258 million bond passed with 62% of the vote, and will allow the city to build and preserve an additional 1,300 units of affordable housing. It is the largest General Obligation Bond ever passed by Portland voters.  

Portland Housing Commissioner Dan Saltzman praised the result, saying “Portlanders have stepped up in this time of need to be part of the solution to our city’s housing crisis. I am extremely grateful to Portland voters for the compassion they have shown their neighbors and their community by supporting this bond.” 

The housing bond will raise property taxes 42 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The funds will be administered by the Portland Housing Bureau with a focus on building and preserving deeply affordable housing for households between 30-60% of the area median income (currently $22,000 to $43,080 for a family of four). 

Opening of 30-Day Public Comment Period on Proposed Amendment to Consolidated Plan

The proposed amendment concerns the amount and use of HOME funds directed to short term rental assistance.

OPENING OF 30-DAY PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

NOTICE OF PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO STATEMENT OF OBJECTIVES AND USE OF HOME FUNDS ($947,800) UNDER TITLE II OF THE CRANSTON-GONZALEZ NATIONAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING ACT OF 1990, AS AMENDED; 42 U.S.C.-12701 et seq. AND AMENDMENT TO CITIES OF PORTLAND AND GRESHAM, MULTNOMAH COUNTY CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PLAN FOR FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017 TO FUND TENANT BASED RENT ASSISTANCE ACTIVITIES UNDER THE HOME FORWARD SHORT-TERM RENT ASSISTANCE (STRA) PROGRAM.

November 2, 2016

Amendment No. 2016-17 (01)

TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUPS AND PERSONS:

On November 2, 2016, the City of Portland proposes to amend its Consolidated Plan FY 2016 as follows:

The City intends to transfer the use of $947,800 of HOME funds originally designated for affordable housing development in the Consolidated Plan FY2016 to be directed to Home Forward for funding of the Short-Term Rent Assistance
(STRA) Program, contracted through the City/County Joint Office of Homeless Services. Home Forward will provide the administrative, training and monitoring oversight of funds, which will provide tenant based rent assistance (TBRA) to households at or below 60% of area median income who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. An estimated 207 households will be assisted with the funds.

Using HOME funds for STRA will advance the Consolidated Plan’s stated goals and efforts to reduce and end homelessness, required by §91.220(i)(1). STRA is one of our community’s most effective programs to implement tenant based rent assistance community-based agencies with both federal and local funding.

The purpose of this notice is to provide an opportunity for public comment on this proposed amendment to the cities of Portland and Gresham, and Multnomah County on their Consolidated Plan FY2016-17. 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Copies of the amendment will be available for review on November 2, 2016 through December 2, 2016 online at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/phb/51008 and at the front desk located at the Portland Housing Bureau, 421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500, or by calling Jennifer Chang, Program Coordinator, at 503-823-2391. The location mentioned above is accessible to person with disabilities.

For additional information or to submit written comments, contact the Portland Housing Bureau, Attention: Jennifer Chang, Program Coordinator, 421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204-1629 or send an email to:
Jennifer.Chang@portlandoregon.gov. Written comments should be received at the above address or email by December 2, 2016.  If comments are received, they will be considered.

Jennifer Chang, Program Coordinator
Portland Housing Bureau
421 SW 6th Ave., Suite 500
Portland, OR  97204
503-823-2391
503-823-2387 fax
(503) 823-6868 TTY
Jennifer.Chang@portlandoregon.gov

 

City Introduces New Tool to Address Affordable Housing Shortage

Housing, Planning and Sustainability bureaus collaborate on policies and regulations for new Inclusionary Housing Program

Last spring the State Legislature adopted SB 1533, which enabled local governments to require affordable housing units be included in new multi-family developments. Under the direction of Commissioner Dan Saltzman, the Portland Housing Bureau is undertaking a process to develop an Inclusionary Housing program that is expected to be adopted by the Portland City Council in December. The new program mandates the provision of affordable housing units in new multi-dwelling residential development through policies and regulations.


In September, Commissioner Saltzman released his program recommendations, which would require any building with 20 or more housing units to set aside up to 20 percent of the new units as affordable for households earning 80 percent of the area median income (AMI), currently about $58,650 for a family of four. As a part of the program, developments may be eligible for density bonuses, fee waivers, and/or tax abatements. As an alternative, developers will be able to provide affordable units off-site, but nearby, or pay a fee into an affordable housing fund.

These recommendations come as the result of a process that began with an independent analysis commissioned by the Housing Bureau to assess the economic feasibility of an inclusionary housing program in Portland. Commissioner Saltzman then invited individuals with housing expertise to serve as a panel of experts to provide input and guidance on the program development in a series of monthly public meetings.

“This proposal addresses the consequences Portland’s unprecedented growth has had on housing affordability” stated Commissioner Saltzman. “Inclusionary Housing can help ensure that Portland has economic diversity in all areas of our City so that Portlanders who work here can afford to live here.”

The public is invited to testify on the Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project Proposed Draft to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC), which will hold a public hearing on the proposal on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. 

Following the PSC’s hearing on October 25, 2016, the Commission will hold a work session on November 8, 2016, and vote on a recommendation for City Council to consider in December 2016 with an effective date of February 1, 2017. 

For more information, visit the Inclusionary Housing program website or click here to read the Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project Proposed Draft.

Notice of Public Hearing on Property Tax Measure

A public hearing on the local option levy (Measure 26-179) will take place on October 20

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPERTY TAX MEASURE

A public hearing on the local option levy (Measure 26-179, November 8, 2016 Election) for the City of Portland, Multnomah County, State of Oregon, will be held by the Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission. The hearing will take place in Council Chambers of City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave., on October 20, 2016 at 10:30 am. The purpose of this hearing is to discuss the proposed measure with interested persons. The proceedings may be recorded.

DATE:  Thursday, October 20, 2016

TIME:   10:30 am

PLACE:  Portland City Hall, Council Chambers, 1221 SW 4th Ave

            

Public Hearing: Affordable Housing Tax Exemptions Being Considered for Three New Rental Developments

The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, September 6, 2016

On Tuesday, September 6, the Portland Housing Advisory Commission (PHAC), the advisory group to the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB), will hold a public hearing to discuss three new applications being considered for the Multiple-Unit Limited Tax Exemption (MULTE) Program.

Two applications are for projects being developed by Koz Development – one in Northwest Portland at NW 16th Avenue and NW Marshall Street, and another in Southwest Portland at SW 4th Avenue and Grant Street – for a combined total of 235 new units (47 of which would be affordable to households earning no more than 60% of the area median income).

The third application is for a project by the Portland Development Commission, which will bring 54 new units (16 of which would be affordable to households earning no more than 60% of the area median income) to Southeast Portland’s Lents neighborhood at SE 91st Avenue and SE Foster Road.

Tax exemption programs promote the inclusion of affordable housing and other public benefits in new developments. PHB can approve up to $3 million in new tax exemptions each year. 

The hearing will take place Tuesday, September 6 during the monthly PHAC meeting, held from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at the Portland Housing Bureau offices in Downtown Portland, located at 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

For information about the MULTE program, click here or contact Dory Van Bockel by email or by phone at 503-823-4469.