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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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Affordable Housing Bond Public Meetings

Mayor Wheeler will join the Stakeholder Advisory Group on Monday, July 31. The Bond Oversight Committee Meets August 2.

July 31:  Stakeholder Advisory Group

Monday, July 31 from 6 − 8:30 pm 
Portland Community College, SE
Community Hall (map
2305 SE 82nd Ave 
Portland, OR 97216

The Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) meets Monday, July 31, 2017 at Portland Community College SE on SE 82nd Avenue and Division Street to discuss selection criteria for bond-funded acquisitions. Mayor Ted Wheeler will be joining the SAG for Monday's meeting. An agenda and materials will be available online here prior to the meeting. 


August 2:  Bond Oversight Committee

Wednesday, August 2 from 9 am  Noon
The Portland Housing Bureau
421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204

The Bond Oversight Committee (BOC) will meet Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 9 am - Noon at the Portland Housing Bureau offices in Downtown Portland. An agenda and meeting materials will be available online here prior to the meeting.


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

For more information about Portland's Affordable Housing Bond, visit us online at: www.portlandoregon.gov/phb/bond

Sign up here to receive email notifications about upcoming meetings and related updates


Language and 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 to request accommodations. 503.823.2375, TTY, 503.823.6868. bond.info@portlandoregon.gov

 

Portland Housing Bureau Seeks Members for Two Public Advisory Bodies

Recruitment is underway for the Portland Housing Advisory Commission and the newly announced Renter-Owner Services Advisory Commission.

The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) is seeking between seven and 11 volunteers to form a Renter-Owner Services Advisory Commission (ROSAC), announced today by Mayor Wheeler.

“Public input is essential to ensure we create a system that is functional, equitable and affordable, said Mayor Wheeler. “The Renter-Owner Services Advisory Commission will serve as the primary public forum for discussion of rental housing law and regulation, and renter-owner programs and services in the City of Portland.”

ROSAC members are expected to have expertise in fair housing, rent-regulated and market-rate rental housing, landlord/tenant law, property management, renter-owner advocacy, rental housing access, and or rental housing health & safety. The ROSAC will meet every other month beginning this fall. Click here to access the ROSAC application or find it online at www.portlandoregon.gov/PHB/ROSAC.

The existing Portland Housing Advisory Commission (PHAC) is also seeking new members. The PHAC advises PHB’s Director, the Housing Commissioner, and Portland City Council on a range of housing policy and program issues to promote improvements within PHB and the larger housing system, advise on issues of equity in access and outcomes for Portlanders in PHB programs, and assist in aligning PHB’s resources and mission during the annual budget process.

The PHAC meets monthly. Members are expected to have expertise in housing policy and planning, affordable housing financing and development, budget oversight and analysis, resource development to maintain and expand the supply and availability of affordable housing, program development and evaluation, public-private partnership development, and community and intergovernmental relations.

Click here to access the PHAC application or find it online at www.portlandoregon.gov/phb/PHAC. Applications for both commissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, contact Victoria James at Victoria.james@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-3403.

 

Upcoming Affordable Housing Bond Public Meetings

July 6: Bond Oversight Committee

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

The first meeting of the Bond Oversight Committee (BOC) will be held tomorrow, Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 9 - 11 am at the Portland Housing Bureau offices. July's meeting agenda is available here


 July 11: Stakeholder Advisory Group

Tuesday, July 11 from 9 am - Noon 
Portland Housing Bureau 
421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204

The Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) meets Tuesday, July 11, 2017 from 9:00 am – Noon at the Portland Housing Bureau. Meeting materials will be available online here. The SAG will meet over the next several months to guide creation of a Framework Plan for the use of bond funds, including: 

Guiding Principles

• Policy Priorities (draft summary)

• Acquisition and Development Selection Criteria

• Guidelines for Development, Operations, and Programming

• Guidelines for Reporting & Community Engagement


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

For more information about Portland's Affordable Housing Bond, visit us online at: www.portlandoregon.gov/phb/bond

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

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 to request accommodations. 503.823.2375, TTY, 503.823.6868. bond.info@portlandoregon.gov

 

HUD Awards Portland $3 Million To Protect Children And Families From Dangerous Lead Hazards

The City of Portland has been awarded more than $3,000,000 in federal funding to address lead hazards in 195 housing units, providing safer homes for low-income families with children.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced more than $127 million in grants to 48 state and local government agencies, including the City of Portland, in a continuous effort to keep families and their children safe from lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards. The grants direct critical funds to communities to eliminate dangerous lead paint and other housing-related health hazards in privately-owned, low-income housing units.

Dust from paint in the home is the most common way children are exposed to lead. The Portland Housing Bureau’s Lead Hazard Control Program aims to reduce the number of cases of children with elevated blood lead levels by providing no-cost lead testing and remediation in homes occupied by low and moderate-income families with young children.

“A safe, healthy home is our best chance for a strong start in life,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler, who oversees the Portland Housing Bureau. “Our program in Portland has helped more than 1,800 families who would not have otherwise had the resources to protect their children from lead hazards in their home. We are thankful to HUD for continuing to support our local efforts to ensure safe, healthy homes for Portland families.”

To date, more than 3,486 children under the age of six – in more than 1,800 Portland homes –  have been protected from the harmful, long-term effects of lead paint and dust thanks to federal funding support for Portland’s Lead Hazard Control Program.

Beyond providing no-cost lead hazard remediation to renters and owners, the program also seeks to educate property owners and tenants about how to identify lead hazards, and how to clean and maintain their home to minimize harmful exposure to young children.

As part of the award, Portland will also receive $400,000 in Healthy Homes supplemental funding to help mitigate multiple health hazards in high-risk housing simultaneously, in conjunction with their lead hazard control activities. Housing improvements help prevent injuries and illnesses, reduce associated health care and social services costs, reduce absentee rates for children in school and adults at work, and help to improve quality of life. 

“I applaud Secretary Carson’s recognition of the inexorable link between health and housing in making lead paint hazard removal a top priority,” said Portland Housing Bureau Director Kurt Creager. “This is a substantial commitment to local communities and will have a big impact in Portland, where we have lot of older homes and children in potential danger of exposure to lead paint.”

Click here to read the full announcement from HUD. Find more information on Portland’s Lead Hazard Control Program here.

 

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.