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The City of Portland, Oregon

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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N/NE Preference Policy Map

Everyone who applies during the application round will be sorted on a waitlist for the advertised housing opportunities. Top priority will be given to households who owned property in N/NE Portland that was taken by City government, and to their descendants.

All other applicants can receive up to six “preference points” based on their current or past residence (plus that of a parent/guardian or grandparent) within areas of concentrated urban renewal in N/NE Portland. Households will be selected for housing from the top of the waitlist in order of preference. 

Preference is...

  • based on the amount of urban renewal activity that occurred where you or your parent/guardian or grandparent lived (or currently live) in N/NE Portland;
  • given to applicants who were displaced, are at risk of displacement, or  who are the descendants of families that were displaced due to urban renewal in N/NE Portland;
  • given regardless of whether you currently reside in N/NE Portland.

How many preference points do I qualify for?

Use the online map (below) to search addresses to see how many preference points the addresses qualify for. The color-coded zones correspond to different preference point values based on the level of urban renewal activity in that area.

Directions: 


  1. (opens best in Chrome)
  2. Type in an address.
  3. See which colored zone the address is located in to find how many preference points it qualifies for.
  Blue zone:       1 point
  Purple zone:    2 points
  Orange zone:   3 points

You can receive up to a maximum of 6 points:

  • Up to 3 points for your own address (current or former), and
  • Up to 3 more for a parent/guardian or grandparent's address

Tip: If you have more than one eligible address, look up each address and find which one qualifies for the maximum point value. One address can be counted twice if it applies to both the applicant and the applicant's parent/guardian or grandparent.