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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 Annual Action Plan Public Meeting

The meeting takes place Tuesday, June 6th at the Portland Housing Bureau. Public comment period ends June 9th.

 

 Portland Consortium and Annual Action Plan Meeting

Join us Tuesday, June 6th, for the Portland Consortium and Annual Action Plan Meeting to learn how Portland, Gresham, and Multnomah County plan to invest federal funds over the next year to address local housing and community economic needs – and share your thoughts and comments.

You are also invited to comment on the Annual Action Plans – a list of projects chosen for their alignment with community-identified needs and strategies that will serve as the city’s’ application for its annual federal entitlement grant. Click here to review the plans and give feedback. The comment period ends June 9th.

 

Portland Consortium and Annual Action Plan Meeting

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm
(Light dinner served at 5:30 pm, presentation begins at 6:00 pm)

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

Click here to reserve a seat (your reservation helps us plan for food and materials, but is not required to attend). To request language services, accommodations, or childcare, call 503-823-5312. This meeting is located on MAX lines and near the downtown Portland bus mall. Street/lot parking.

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N/NE Oversight Committee May Meeting

The N/NE Community Oversight Committee meets Thursday, May 11, 2017

 

N/NE Oversight Committee - May Meeting

Thursday, May 11 from 6 - 8 pm
New Song Community Church
2511 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

 

The N/NE Community Oversight Committee will meet this Thursday, May 11, to hear about new affordable rental and homeownership developments recently funded by the City, as well as progress updates on developments currently underway, and more. The agenda and meeting materials are available here

Oversight Committee meetings take place every other month and are open to the public, with time reserved for comments or questions on the agenda items. Meetings are also broadcast on Channel 30. Click here to find this month's broadcast schedule. You can watch videos of past 2017 meetings by clicking here. 

Questions? Comments? Email us at NNEstrategy@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-1190

Housing Bond Stakeholder Advisory Group Meets Thursday

May 4, 2017 from 6 - 8:30pm

Affordable Housing Bond Stakeholder Advisory Group - Meeting Notice

Thursday, May 4 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm

New Song Community Church

220 NE Russell Street

Portland, OR 97212

 

In November 2016, Portland voters approved a historic general obligation bond for $258.4 million to fund the development and preservation of affordable housing. 

Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) will convene for seven meetings over the next five months to provide information, ideas, and recommendations to guide the development of a framework for the use of bond funds. The second meeting of the SAG is scheduled for Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm at New Song Community Church. 

These meetings are open to the public and public testimony is invited. The agenda, schedule, and meeting materials are available online here.

Sign up here for the email list to receive notifications about upcoming meetings and related updates. 

 

Childcare and 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 end of business May 2, 2017 to request accommodations for ADA accessibility, language translation, or childcare. 503.823.2375, TTY, 503.823.6868. bond.info@portlandoregon.gov 

Portland Housing Bureau Announces Funding Decisions for New Developments in North/Northeast Portland

Selected proposals include rental and homeownership development projects.

Portland, OR – The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) has announced $11.1 million in funding decisions for affordable rental and homeownership developments in the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area. Together, the selected projects will create 125 new housing units, including 21 units for households earning 30 percent or less of the area median income ($22,000 a year for a family of four in 2016), and more than 50 affordable homeownership opportunities.

Households displaced from N/NE Portland, or those who are at risk of displacement now, will be prioritized for these units through the housing bureau’s preference policy. 

“This slate of projects furthers our commitment to the North/Northeast Portland community and takes another step toward redressing the actions that denied housing opportunity to many who called these neighborhoods home,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler, who oversees the Portland Housing Bureau. “I’m grateful to the esteemed members of the evaluation committee who gave their time, expertise, and thoughtfulness to this process in service to that vision.”

The committee members were: 

  • Dr. Steven Holt – Chair, N/NE Oversight Committee

  • Jillian Saurage – N/NE Oversight Committee

  • Devin Culbertson – Senior Program Director, Enterprise

  • Whit Spencer – Director of Finance Analysis, Enterprise

  • Jordan Winkler – Developer, Winkler Companies

  • Ben Wood – Developer, Mainland Companies 

The bureau released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area funds on January 23, 2017, with funding available for both rental and ownership housing proposals. The solicitation also made available a PHB-owned property at 5020 N. Interstate Avenue for condominium development. PHB received six proposals for the rental housing funds and one proposal each for the ownership housing funds. The final project selections are as follows:

Rental Housing – Funded 

  • Project: Magnolia 2; Developer: Innovative Housing Inc. (IHI); Units: 50

    The project at 3250 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd will be an extension of IHI’s existing Magnolia Apartments (also funded in part by PHB). Thirty-three of the 50 units will be sized to accommodate families, at two and three bedrooms. The project will also include indoor and outdoor play areas, and a “maker space” for residents to work on small projects (assembling or refinishing furniture, potting plants, painting, etc.). Resident services will focus on supporting employment training in the trade fields. 

  • Project: New Meadows; Developer: Bridge Meadows; Units: 15 

    New Meadows will be developed on property nearly adjacent to the Bridge Meadows apartment community (also funded in part by PHB) and will serve youth transitioning out of foster care. Programming will assist these youth, ages 17-25, with life skills development, including money management, employment assistance, and parenting skills. Operations costs will be supported by an anonymous donor. As such, all rents will be regulated at 0-30% AMI, and residents will pay only what they can afford.

“Scattered Site” Homeownership – Funded 

  • Developer: Habitat for Humanity; Units: 12 

    The project will be comprised of two six-plex three-story buildings. Each unit will have three bedrooms. New homeowners will be required to contribute 300 “sweat equity” hours, working side by side with volunteers to build their neighbors’ homes and their own. Buyers will have a 1% down payment, and mortgages will be set at no more than 30% of the homeowner’s gross monthly income. 

5020 N. Interstate Ave. Homeownership – Sponsor Selected for Exclusive Right to Negotiate 

  • Project: 5020 Condos; Developer: Proud Ground and Habitat for Humanity; Units: 48 

    5020 Condos will be a mixed-use development, with 48 homeownership units and 2,400 square feet of commercial space, to be developed on a PHB-owned site at 5020 N. Interstate Ave. Forty of the condominiums will be made available to households earning 100% AMI or less ($73,300 a year for a family of four in 2016). The remaining eight one-bedroom condominiums will be sold at market prices to help “cross-subsidize” the project. Discussions are underway between PHB and the project sponsors to hone details of the proposal before a final award is made.

“Many capable nonprofit developers proposed competitive projects that are worthy of support, and deserve further consideration as additional funding becomes available,” said PHB Director Kurt Creager. “We’re pleased to be moving forward with a mix of projects that provides a range of housing options to meet the diverse needs of the community.” 

City Council Appoints Housing Bond Oversight Committee

Mayor Ted Wheeler and the Portland City Council have appointed five independent community members to oversee the expenditure of the City’s first general obligation affordable housing bond. The $258.4 million bond, approved by voters in November 2016, will allow the City to build and preserve an additional 1,300 units of affordable housing.

Bond Oversight Committee (BOC) members:
• Stephen Green, entrepreneur/community member, appointed by Mayor Wheeler
• Susan Emmons, housing advocate, appointed by Commissioner Fritz
• Jes Larson, Welcome Home Coalition, appointed by Commissioner Saltzman
• Allan Lazo, Fair Housing Council of Oregon, appointed by Commissioner Eudaly
• Todd Struble, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, appointed by Commissioner Fish

The members of the Bond Oversight Committee will serve five-year, renewable terms. Learn more about the individual members here. The committee is expected to begin meeting in late Spring, following a public process to develop a framework for implementation. The committee will oversee the financial, fiduciary, and compliance responsibilities related to bond funds.

For more information on the committee and the Affordable Housing Bond, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/phb/bond