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The Portland City Council is poised to vote on a Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) plan (pdf) to spend $20 million on affordable housing for North and Northeast Portland. Mayor Charlie Hales called for the money last year after a controversial proposed Trader Joe’s development fell apart. Some community members complained that the project furthered gentrification and did not include any affordable housing.
PHB convened a series of community forums (pdf) asking for input from people who lived in the neighborhood — and those who had been displaced from the neighborhood. Housing officials heard feedback from homeowners, renters, faith leaders and families. The bureau incorporated that feedback into the plan that goes before city commissioners Wednesday at 2 pm. The spending plan includes money for repairs to existing homes, new rental housing and help with down payments for new homeowners.
Do you have a connection to North or Northeast Portland? What kinds of affordable housing would you like to see in the area?