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  • Friday, July 01, 2016 10:10 AM | Deleted user

    Oregon ON, along with many partners worked hard to secure this exciting new source of funding to build affordable housing, championed by Governor Brown as “$100 million for housing.” The first $40 million is about to open up for proposals – we know the need is huge in all parts of the state, and we hope to see a strong outpouring of applications for the funding from a wide array of partners (both non-profit and for-profit developers are eligible), so that legislators can see that the demand for affordable housing far exceeds this initial round of funding and that we need the full $100 million (and more)!

    From Oregon Housing and Community Services

    The Local Innovation and Fast Track (LIFT) Housing Program's objective is to build new affordable housing for low income households, especially families. In 2015, the Oregon Legislature committed $40 million of general obligation Article XI-Q bonds to fund the LIFT program. Using this new funding source will allow OHCS and its partners to add to the supply of affordable housing, in particular, for historically under-served communities.

    Keep an eye out for LIFT outreach happening across the state here

    You can also find the final LIFT framework and summary document of the program on the OHCS website here.

  • Thursday, June 30, 2016 3:33 PM | Deleted user

    For Immediate Release: 

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $82,719 to four HUD-approved nonprofits in Oregon to help families and individuals with their housing needs and to prevent future foreclosures.

    The awards are, part of some $42 million in HUD housing counseling grants announced today to hundreds of national, regional and local organization.  Oregon housing counseling agencies winning HUD funds are: 

    Click here to read the full press release.

  • Friday, June 24, 2016 10:23 AM | Deleted user

    "Robust application response speaks to great need in Oregon"

    Meyer Memorial Trust received 675 Inquiry Applications, requesting a total of over $95 million through their Housing Opportunities, Building Community and Healthy Environment portfolios. 

    Read their latest blog entry and what's next in the application process. 

  • Monday, June 06, 2016 12:52 PM | Deleted user

    Join Welcome Home Coalition at City Hall next Thursday, June 16th at 3pm to tell our elected officials to dedicate 100 percent of the revenue generated from the new Construction Excise Tax (CET) to affordable housing. 

    City Council will vote on how the CET funds will be allocated, and we need your help in telling them the only option is to #KeepIt100 for our communities who need housing the most. Be sure to use the #KeepIt100 hashtag on Facebook and Twitter to help us spread the message!

  • Monday, May 16, 2016 11:38 AM | Deleted user

    Beginning today, you have an opportunity to make a difference in your community through the Competitive Affordable Housing Program (AHP). Apply for up to $500,000 in funding to make your affordable housing project a reality. Applications will be accepted until 4:30 PM CT on June 30, 2016.

    <<Apply Here>>

  • Tuesday, May 03, 2016 3:38 PM | Deleted user

    PORTLAND – Today U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro announced the award of an additional $9,443,518  to support 21 additional Continuum of Care projects serving the homeless in Oregon. 

    In March HUD announced the award of $22,450,788 to 115 Tier I Continuum projects in Oregon.  As a result of both the Tier II awards announced today and the awards in March, HUD will provide a total of $31,894,306 this year to support Oregon homeless projects, up 19.5 percent from last year.

    Read the press release here.

  • Thursday, April 28, 2016 2:36 PM | Deleted user

    April 20, 2016  The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) has awarded approximately $47 million in local and federal funds to eight proposed affordable housing projects. The six new developments and two renovation projects come as a result of the Bureau’s 2015 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), released last October, which made an unprecedented $61.6 million, 100 Project-Based Section 8 vouchers, and five publicly owned sites available for affordable housing proposals.

    PHB estimates the award will result in 585 new units of affordable housing—and will preserve another 255 through renovation projects—including more than 120 total units for the lowest-income households (those earning up to 30% of the Median Family Income, currently $15,400 a year for an individual and $24,300 for a family of four).

    “Taken together, these eight projects respond to the urgency of the housing emergency for the most vulnerable Portlanders, and integrate the kinds of services and programs that will bring greater security and long-term solutions to those most in need,” said Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees the Portland Housing Bureau. “I commend the Housing Bureau for stretching itself and its resources to get here, and I commend our proposers for the creativity and resourcefulness they brought to meet the challenges we face.”

    Citing the city’s housing emergency, Commissioner Saltzman directed PHB last fall to deploy all of its available resources, including urban renewal dollars budgeted for future years. The 2015 NOFA also featured unprecedented coordination among local public agencies, with land and other resources contributed by Multnomah County, the Portland Development Commission, and Home Forward.

    “The affordable housing crisis is being felt all over Portland and Multnomah County. People are hurting and they need help," said Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury. "These projects will help us provide stable housing for some of our most vulnerable residents. We are committed to making sure people have a safe place to call home.”

    Beyond financing considerations, the eight projects were selected according to their alignment with several current housing initiatives, including the N/NE Neighborhood Housing Strategy and the A Home for Everyone plan to end homelessness, as well as how they proposed to serve priority populations such as homeless families with children. Additionally, the three developments planned for North and Northeast Portland, which are expected to bring nearly 200 new affordable units to the area, will prioritize longtime and displaced residents of the N/NE Portland community for housing through the City’s new preference policy, unveiled earlier this month.  

    Click here to read the full announcement.

  • Friday, April 01, 2016 2:22 PM | Deleted user
    Meyer Memorial Trust Spring Funding Cycle will begin accepting Inquiry Applications on April 4, 2016. For more eligibility and more informationclick here.

  • Tuesday, March 01, 2016 2:20 PM | Deleted user
    The Action Campaign is calling on Congress to expand the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. Deadline is Friday, March 11. Sign on to support an expansion of The Housing Credit.
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