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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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Rental Services Commission Rules and Bylaws Committee March Meeting

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Portland Housing Bureau 
421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500 
Portland, OR 97204

Topics for discussion include: RSC bylaws and meeting procedures.

The Rental Services Commission Rules and Bylaws Committee meetings are open to the public, however we ask public testimony be saved for the RSC meeting. Agendas and meeting materials will be posted online here.

For more information, visit Sign up here for the Rental Services Commission email list to receive meeting notices and related updates.

Permanent Renter Relocation Assistance Policy Update

As you may know, last week Portland City Council adopted a permanent mandatory relocation assistance policy into city code. In response, the Portland Housing Bureau has developed interim rules and forms to inform the public and process exemption requests. The adopted interim rules and exemption request forms are available online at, along with general information on the relocation assistance requirements for both renters and landlords

A dedicated phone line and email have also been established to provide information and technical assistance:

Phone: 503.823.1303

The Housing Bureau will begin the permanent rule making process, which will include engaging the Rental Services Commission for general feedback on the interim rules, working with the Mayor’s Office to develop and publish draft permanent rules, at least 60 days of public comment and two public hearings on the draft permanent rules, and gathering recommendations from the Rental Services Commission on the draft permanent rules.

Sign up here for the email list to ensure you are receiving updates and notifications on opportunities to engage as this process moves forward and we encourage you to share this information to anyone seeking more information or technical assistance.

Rental Services Commission Listening Session

Help Shape City Rental Housing Policy

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm (dinner begins at 5:30)

Location: IRCO Community Center 

10301 NE Glisan St. 

Portland, OR 97220

You are invited to share your experiences and perspectives on rental screening criteria and security deposits with the Rental Services Commission this Thursday as they discuss ideas for legislative reform. The session will include a short presentation to the public on screening criteria and security deposits, followed by an extended opportunity for public testimony. Join us for this important discussion and a chance to win one of six $25 grocery gift cards.

Dinner and childcare will be provided. Translation is available by request. RSVP here to help us know how much food to order, or to request translation (an RSVP is not required to attend). 

Click here to download a flyer for this event and help spread the word. 

City Takes Aggressive Strides to Create and Support Affordable Housing

The City acts on two properties to create as many as 90 new units of affordable housing and, is partnering with Home Forward to implement the Housing Bond

February 28, 2018

A series of announcements today demonstrates the City’s aggressive support for affordable housing. Today the City announced it has identified a new site for development using housing bond funds to accommodate as many as 75 affordable housing units, a new partnership with Home Forward associated with Portland’s Housing Bond to help maximize Bond resources, and approved an Inclusionary Housing project, adding an additional 15 units of affordable housing.


New Bond Acquisition

The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) announced it has entered into a purchase and sale agreement to acquire a Northeast Portland property in the Roseway-Cully neighborhood for development under the Bond. The property has the potential to accommodate as many as 75 new housing units.

“This is a rapidly gentrifying area where we have had few affordable housing resources available to make a difference,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler. “Acquiring this property is exactly what the Bond was supposed to do—give us a tool to respond where we see families face a growing risk of being priced out.”

Under a community framework adopted by City Council, Bond investments should prevent displacement and provide new housing opportunity, with a focus on communities of color, those experiencing homelessness, immigrant and refugee communities, and other populations disproportionately impacted by the housing emergency.

PHB expects to bring a final acquisition to Portland City Council in June 2018. PHB is accepting and reviewing proposals to acquire land and existing buildings on an ongoing basis. For more information, visit

New Home Forward Partnership

On Wednesday, City Council approved an agreement to contract with Home Forward for the Asset Management of Bond projects. Home Forward will provide services such as compliance monitoring, property management oversight, financial management, and will oversee the physical condition of Bond projects on behalf of the Portland Housing Bureau.

“Capitalizing on the core competencies of another public entity and longtime partner is an efficient, cost-effect way to maximize Bond resources and reach our goals,” said PHB interim director Shannon Callahan. “Home Forward’s experience and expertise in managing and operating affordable housing will help us ensure we are providing healthy environments for the individuals and families who will live in Bond properties.”

Home Forward manages a portfolio of more than 6,000 units of affordable housing, including housing with supportive services.

“Home Forward has been a partner of the City on the Bond from the very beginning, and we are happy to be continuing this partnership to make these homes a reality,” said Michael Buonocore, Executive Director of Home Forward.

Inclusionary Housing

Also on Wednesday, City Council approved a tax exemption for the 26th & Ankeny Apartments, which will provide 15 units affordable to households earning up to 80% of area median income (or $47,800 for a family of two) for 99 years, as part of the Inclusionary Housing Program.

The 26th & Ankeny Apartments joins 17 other projects participating in Inclusionary Housing since the program went into effect in February 2017, for a total of 709 new units and 92 new affordable units in otherwise market-rate developments. It is the third project for which the developer, Urban Development Group, has opted in to the Inclusionary Housing Program voluntarily in order to benefit from the parking exemption and other incentives.

The Multiple-Unit Limited Tax Exemption program, or MULTE, is one of the financial incentives provided to Inclusionary Housing projects choosing to provide affordable units affordable rather than paying a fee-in-lieu.

In addition to the ten-year tax exemption provided by the MULTE, this project will receive an exemption of the Affordable Housing Construction Excise Tax that would have otherwise been due on the affordable units.

“Inclusionary Housing is an important tool to ensure that we have housing Portlanders can afford throughout the city,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler. “It is essential for developers to step forward to be part of the solution to the housing crisis.”


Upcoming Public Meetings - March 2018

March 6, 2018 - Portland Housing Advisory Commission (Click Here for Details

March 7, 2018 - Rental Services Commission Executive Committee (Click Here for Details

March 8, 2018 - N/NE Oversight Committee (Click Here for Details

March 13, 2018 - Fair Housing Advocacy Committee (Click Here for Details

March 15, 2018 - Rental Services Commission Listening Session (Click Here for Details

March 20, 2018 - Rental Services Commission (Click Here for Details