The public is invited to testify on proposed changes to the Inclusionary Housing Homeownership program, HOU-3.04.VII.B. For-sale units.
Proposed changes to administrative rules at the Portland Housing Bureau require a 60-day public notification prior to the effective date of the rule and a public hearing must be held where testimony can be heard.
The homeownership section of Inclusionary Housing establishes participant eligibility, income qualification, unit sale price and resale price formulas, among other items.
If you need translation services at the hearing, please contact Jessica Conner, Inclusionary Housing Homeownership Rules Coordinator, at 503-823-4100 at least 3 days prior to the hearing.
At the Hearing
If you would like to testify, you will need to fill out a testifier card when you arrive and hand it to the assigned staff member.
When your name is called, go up to the table for testifiers. Speak into the microphone. Each person will be given two minutes to state their testimony. Begin by stating your name as well as any group or organization you are testifying on behalf of. If you have written materials, you can give them to a staff member before you testify.
It can be helpful to prepare an outline of what you want to say or even write it all out. Practicing a few times can also be beneficial.
Focus on the major points you want to make. You can submit letters with more detail.
Repetitive testimony is not always as effective as a planned, coordinated presentation. If you are aware of other people who plan to testify who share your feelings, you can organize a few main speakers from your group to speak about different topics related to the project.
If you require special visual, audio or other accommodations to testify, please contactJessica Conner, the Rules Coordinator at the Portland Housing Bureau, at least five business days before the meeting with your request.
If you have questions regarding the proposed rule changes or the rulemaking process, please contact the Inclusionary Housing Homeownership Rules Coordinator:
The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) released a Request for Interest (RFI) on October 23, 2017, seeking opportunities to acquire land or existing residential buildings of twenty units or more.
Portland voters approved Portland’s Housing Bond in 2016, authorizing the City to issue up to $258.4 million in general obligation bonds for the development or acquisition of affordable housing. PHB expects to build and purchase a minimum of 1,300 housing units with these funds. Property owners, their representatives, and developers may now begin submitting proposals for Portland’s Housing Bond.
The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) invites you to join us on September 12, 2017 for our Annual Racial Equity Forum to learn about our efforts to eliminate race-based disparities in housing programs and projects. This year’s program will include a review of PHB policies and the impact they have had on the diversity within PHB’s housing portfolio, as well as a keynote address from special guest speaker Derek Hyra, Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University. Professor Hyra’s research focuses on processes of neighborhood change, with an emphasis on housing, metropolitan politics, and race. He is the author of Race, Class and Politics in the Cappuccino City.
If you have any questions about this event or need to request an accommodation, contact Kim McCarty at 503-823-5312.