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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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Saltzman Policy Director Shannon Callahan Joins Portland Housing Bureau

On August 1, 2017, Shannon Callahan, longtime Policy Director for Commissioner Saltzman, will join the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) as the Assistant Director for Policy and Strategy. With the support of Mayor Wheeler, PHB will for the first time operate with two Assistant Directors.

“I am pleased to see Shannon Callahan join the Portland Housing Bureau as the Assistant Director for Policy and Strategy,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler. “Shannon will provide the additional support and capacity necessary for the bureau to address the Housing Emergency and the implementation of the Affordable Housing Bond. As Housing Commissioner, I am committed to ensuring quality, affordable housing is accessible to all Portlanders, and look forward to this additional support to make this a reality.”

Callahan has worked closely with the Portland Housing Bureau since 2013 in her role as Policy Director for Commissioner Dan Saltzman. During her 10+ years with Commissioner Saltzman’s office, she has worked on a variety of programs and policies – enacting local payday loan regulation, creating the City’s first one-stop service center for domestic violence victims (now known as the Gateway Center), redesigning the Fire and Police Disability and Pension System and Board, and assisting with a wide range of housing policy initiatives including the affordable housing bond, inclusionary zoning, and first-step tenant protections.

Prior to joining the City, Callahan worked as a staff attorney on consumer protection legislation and provided advice to tenants on landlord/tenant law. She is a community college graduate, earned a BA at Evergreen State College, and a JD from Lewis & Clark College of Law. 

“The Portland Housing Bureau has grown substantially in the last two years with a trebling of financial resources,” said PHB Director Kurt Creager. “This new position will be especially crucial in the administration and implementation of the Affordable Housing Bond. I can’t think of a better person than Shannon to fill that role.”

Callahan will join Javier Mena, Assistant Director for Development and Asset Management, and Leslie Goodlow, Business Operations Manager, as the Senior Staff in the office of the Director.

Bond Oversight Committee Meets July 6

Bond Oversight Committee
July Meeting - Save the Date 

Thursday, July 6 from 9 - 11 am
Portland Housing Bureau
421 SW 6th Street, Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204

The first meeting of the Bond Oversight Committee (BOC) will be held Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 9 - 11 am at the Portland Housing Bureau offices. An agenda and meeting materials will be available shortly and meeting materials will be posted online here. BOC meetings are open to the public and public testimony is invited. 

For more information about Portland's Affordable Housing Bond and the BOC, including a list of committee members, visit us online at

Click here to sign up for meeting notifications and related updates by email. 


Language Translation Services Available

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services, and activities, the City of Portland will provide translation, reasonably modify policies/procedures, and provide auxiliary aids/services/alternative formats to persons with disabilities. Call or email by 12:00 pm on June 29, 2017 to request accommodations. 503.823.9313, TTY, 503.823.6868.

Housing for Homeless Families Breaks Ground in the Pearl District

As many as 44 families facing homelessness will soon have a place to call home in the Pearl District, thanks to a new housing development from the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB). On Friday, June 16, the 93-unit high rise broke ground on City-owned property at NW 14th Avenue and Raleigh Street (below).

The project will provide 44 family-size units dedicated to serving the lowest income households—those at or below 30 percent of the area median income ($22,410 for a family of four), plus another 62 units for households up to 60 percent of the median income ($35,880 for a two-person household). Ground-floor common areas will feature a community room, indoor and outdoor play areas, a laundry facility, and on-site resident support services. 

“Kids need a safe, stable home to do their best in school and in life. Our housing crisis has left too many families displaced and facing the prospect homelessness,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler, who oversees the housing bureau. “Creating opportunities like this for these families to put down roots in one of our great neighborhoods is a long-term, generational approach to preventing and ending homelessness in our community.” 

PHB selected a proposal for the site from nonprofit developer Innovative Housing, Inc (IHI) in October 2015. “Innovative Housing is very excited about breaking ground on 93 new homes for families who desperately need safe, stable, and affordable housing,” said Sarah Stevenson, Executive Director of Innovative Housing. “This development represents a significant commitment by the City of Portland to families who are struggling and we are proud to be part of the team that is making it happen."

A 2015 report on homelessness in Portland and Multnomah County showed a growing number of unsheltered families with children. Families with children also accounted for a disproportionate percentage of the estimated 12,000 people who were “doubled up” in housing or living in motel rooms on any given night.

“The City’s commitment to affordability in high opportunity areas has made this one of the most economically diverse neighborhoods in the city. This project is going to give kids an opportunity to grow up near parks and schools, and the amenities that make life better for families,” said Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversaw the project selection as housing commissioner in 2015.

PHB acquired the vacant parcel at a discount from private developer Hoyt Street Properties (HSP) in 2015 as part of a longstanding affordable housing agreement between HSP and the City of Portland. The project will further affordable housing goals set forth for the River District Urban Renewal Area.


City Launches Initiative to Prevent Displacement of East Portland Homeowners

‘Flood Insurance Savings Program’ Will Help Reduce Cost, Risk in Johnson Creek Floodplain

The City of Portland has launched a new program to mitigate and prevent displacement among East Portland homeowners at risk for flooding and rising insurance premiums.

As many as 800 households in the Lents and Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhoods could be facing substantial financial and environmental risk from the Johnson Creek floodplain, according to the latest estimates. As mandatory flood insurance premiums continue to rise each year (up to 18%), some area homeowners face the prospect of economic displacement. Even with flood insurance, flood damaged homes can be difficult to repair. At the same time, property values decrease, impacting investment in the area, and leaving low- and moderate-income homeowners vulnerable to predatory real estate practices.

Beginning in June, the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) is piloting a new Flood Insurance Savings Program to help a limited number of low- to moderate-income homeowners in Lents and Powellhurst-Gilbert reduce their flood hazard insurance premiums, identify opportunities to make home improvements, and increase their resiliency to flood risks.

This program comes as the result of efforts underway in the Governor-designated “Lents Stabilization and Job Creation Collaborative” Oregon Solutions project, and leverages a unique partnership between the City of Portland and the local non-profit, Enhabit. Through elevation surveys and in-home assessments, Enhabit will determine the unique flood risks facing each home as well as the necessary improvements to improve its resiliency against flooding.

Applications for the pilot Flood Insurance Savings Program are available now. The deadline to submit an application is July 5, 2017. Interested participants can apply here:

2017 HUD Income Limits and Rent Schedule Available Now

Updated income limits for the Portland area from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are available now.

The 2017 updates reflect an increase in Portland's area median income (AMI) over the previous year, which may cause a 2% rent increase in affordable units regulated by the City of Portland. The rent increase would be the City's first since 2015. 

Click here to find the 2017 area median income table online and here for the 2017 AMI calculator.