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Housing Stability Council Meeting - July 1, 2022 - 06/30/22

June 24, 2022

The next Housing Stability Council meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Friday, July 1, 2022. The meeting will be held electronically due to the current COVID-19 health crisis. You can find all meeting materials on our website.

Webinar Meeting Only

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0gaTLc20SYSFgConBPN2kw 

 

AGENDA:

9:00: Meeting Called to Order - Roll Call 

9:05: Public Comment

9:30: Report of the Chair

9:45: Report of the Director

10:00: Affordable Rental Housing Division (pg. 05)

             Natasha Detweiler-Daby, interim director, Affordable Rental Housing

  • MF Housing Transaction Recommendations: Tai Dunson-Strane, Production Manager [updated]
    • 5020 N Interstate
    • Nestucca Ocean Apartments
  • Champion Park: Preservation Recommendation: Martin Jarvis, State Tax Credit Program Analyst
  • Market Cost Offset: Affordability Term Alignment: Natasha Detweiler-Daby, Interim Director Affordable Rental Housing
  • CARE Initiative; Co-Location of Affordable Rental with Early Learning: Rick Ruzicka, Interim Assistant Director Planning and Policy
  • ANOAH Pilot: Acquisition of Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing Funds: Mitch Hannoosh, Senior Operations and Policy Analyst; Trinity Kerr, Operations and Policy Analyst
  • 4% LIHTC and Private Activity Bond Framework Introduction:  Roberto Franco, Assistant Director Development Resources & Production; Natasha Detweiler-Daby, Interim Director Affordable Rental Housing
  • Reference memo in packet (not prioritized for discussion):
    • Market Cost Offset Fund

11:30: 15 min break

11:45: Homeownership Division (pg. 49) 

             Emese Perfecto, director, Homeownership

  • Homeownership Market Cost Offset Fund: Emese Perfecto, Director, Talia Kahn-Kravis, Operations & Policy Analyst

12:15: 2023 DRAFT Legislative Agenda (pg. 54)

  • Updates & Stakeholder Survey Results: Nicole Stingh, Assistant Director of Government Relations, Chelsea Bunch, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

1:15: Housing Stabilization Division (pg. 70)

            Jill Smith, Interim Director, Housing Stabilization

  • Rent Assistance for Youth Pilot program: Jill Smith, Interim Director, Housing Stabilization, Lauren Dressen, Interim Manager of Housing Retention Programs

1:30: Central Services Division (pg. 75) 

            Sarah Roth, Central Services Administrator

  • Reference memo in packet (not prioritized for discussion):
    •  HR Report on Staffing Demographics                   

1:45: Meeting Adjourned

Sharon Nickleberry Rogers appointed to the Oregon Housing Stability Council - 06/30/22

June 30, 2022

 

Media Contact: Delia Hernández                        

HCS.mediarequests@hcs.oregon.gov 

 

Sharon Nickleberry Rogers appointed to the Oregon Housing Stability Council

 

 

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Housing and Community Services announced that Sharon Nickleberry Rogers, CPA, is newly appointed to serve on the Oregon Housing Stability Council. The council works to establish OHCS’ strategic direction to meet the housing and services needs of low- and moderate-income Oregonians, as well as reviews and sets policy for the development and financing of affordable housing in the state.

 

“Councilmember Nickleberry Rogers brings impressive professional experience and a passion for serving communities facing barriers to housing access,” said OHCS Director Andrea Bell. “We need voices like Sharon’s in our council to support our mission of building and preserving affordable housing in all forms, shapes and sizes for Oregon renters and homeowners.”

 

Nickleberry Rogers is a native Portland resident who is passionate about serving the community and making a difference for individuals who lack adequate or affordable housing. She is honored to serve on the Housing Stability Council. 

 

“My compassion for housing stems from my childhood when my parents provided housing for family members relocating to Portland,” Nickleberry Rogers said. “I recognized early on the importance of housing and knew having a safe place to call home was special. My parents’ commitment to helping others ignited my interest in helping others.”

 

She is a public servant employed as a financial analyst with the City of Portland. She has over 20 years of experience in various financial roles with the Internal Revenue Service, PricewaterhouseCoopers, NE Community Development Corporation, Harsch Investment Properties, and Home Forward. She is also a licensed and certified public accountant in Oregon. 

 

Nickleberry Rogers received her undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon and two master’s degrees from Portland State University in business and taxation. She lives in northeast Portland with her husband and has a daughter attending college. A photo of Nickleberry Rogers can be found on the OHCS website, along with additional information about her background and experience.

 

Nickleberry Rogers will serve a three-year term and will have the option to serve additional terms. Housing Stability Council meetings are held on the first Friday of the month with additional meetings as needed. To watch an upcoming meeting and stay updated about the events of the council, visit oregon.gov/ohcs/hsc.

State continues paying out Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program applications to renters and landlords across Oregon - 06/30/22

June 30, 2022

 

Media Contact: 

Delia Hernández                                                  

HCS.mediarequests@hcs.oregon.gov 

 

State continues paying out Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program applications to renters and landlords across Oregon

More than 60,000 Oregon households facing pandemic hardship receive over $386 million in rental assistance relief

 

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) is processing applications for payment submitted through the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (OERAP) portal which stopped accepting applications on March 21, 2022. As of today, the agency has paid out $386.66 million in emergency rental assistance to 60,166 households. The funding successfully helped more than 100,000 Oregonians stay in their homes.

 

OHCS is ahead of schedule to meet the deadlines established by U.S. Treasury for federal funds and has obligated the $100 million allocated by the Oregon Legislature during the December 2021 Special Session. Oregon has provided the highest percentage of assistance according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, ranking Oregon first in the nation in the percentage of emergency rental assistance funds paid out and obligated.

 

OERAP is continuing to accept and process recertification applications from eligible tenants who previously applied and have unpaid rental balances or need additional months of assistance. Rental assistance also remains available at the local level. To access those funds, tenants can call 2-1-1 or visit oregonrentalassistance.org.

 

Today is the deadline for tenants to initiate SB 891 protections from eviction for nonpayment of rent until their rental assistance application is closed or September 2022, whichever is first. Tenants must submit rental assistance applications to local programs or apply for recertification through OERAP, if eligible, as well as provide proof of application submission to their landlord by 11:59 p.m. on June 30. Households with pending rental assistance applications that have not provided documentation of submission to their landlord will not have protection from eviction beginning July 1, 2022.

 

Individuals who have received an eviction notice should: 

  • Apply for local rental assistance immediately
  • Provide their landlord with proof of application (before June 30 at 11:59 p.m.)
  • Contact Oregon Law Center’s Eviction Defense Project for further legal support 

 

Landlords can be reimbursed for eligible non-payment costs such as rent and late fees incurred during the “safe harbor” period by applying to the Landlord Guarantee Program.

 

Oregon Eviction Diversion and Prevention Program

 

OHCS’ top priority in addressing homelessness is preventing people from experiencing it all together. As part of the additional $100 million in Eviction Prevention funding OHCS received in December 2021, OHCS developed the Oregon Eviction Diversion and Prevention (ORE-DAP) Program. ORE-DAP aims to quickly assist Oregonians facing displacement by delivering rental assistance and other critical eviction and housing-related resources. This program is being administered statewide by community action agencies in partnership with culturally responsive organizations. To access ORE-DAP resources, tenants may contact their community action agencies. 

 

 

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Oregon Homeowner Assistance Fund expands mortgage support to include more traditionally underserved homeowners - 06/24/22

Oregon Homeowner Assistance Fund expands mortgage support to include more traditionally underserved homeowners

Phase 3 now open to eligible applicants

 

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Housing and Community Services announced that the Oregon Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) program is open to applicants eligible for Phase 3. The program is a federal temporary COVID-19 emergency mortgage relief program intended to support homeowners who have experienced severe financial hardships due to the pandemic. It provides funding for past-due mortgages and other housing expenses to a limited number of homeowners with low incomes. 

 

OHCS is working to assist homeowners at risk of losing their home in a phased approach. During Phases 1 and 2, it focused on homeowners who were most at-risk of foreclosure or who had the fewest options. Program staff will continue to process applications already submitted in Phases 1 and 2. Eligibility information for the different phases is available on the HAF website

 

While continuing to serve homeowners eligible for Phases 1 and 2, Phase 3 expands HAF support to homeowners traditionally underserved or less able to recover, including those who are: 

  • Over the age of 62 years
  • Living with a disability (with proof of benefits) 
  • Rural, as determined by ZIP Code
  • Socially disadvantaged individuals (defined by the U.S. Department of the Treasury), including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, as well as members of federally recognized Tribes 
  • Limited English proficiency (English is not the applicant’s primary language)
  • Recovering property damage or destruction caused by a natural disaster (with proof of benefits)
  • Homeowners with mortgages where the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the named beneficiary. This is a very rare situation, where HUD has taken over a loan that is in default. Homeowners should speak with a housing counselor to determine if this is their loan. 

 

Homeowners who have not applied and are eligible may now find a new application link on the oregonhomeownerassistance.org website. Homeowners eligible for Phases 1 or 2 may now apply using the same link if they have not previously submitted an application. If homeowners need assistance with their application, the HAF website lists the program’s application intake assistance partners who can help homeowners with online, paper, in-person, or limited English proficiency applications. Homeowners with additional questions about HAF can visit the website or call 833-604-0879.

 

Phase 4, which will apply to all other eligible applicants if funding is still available, will open at a date to be determined. 

 

HAF funding is limited. The state is prioritizing Oregon households that are at the highest risk of foreclosure. Once the $90 million of funding granted by the U.S. Treasury is gone, the program will close. Even if homeowners are eligible, there is no guarantee their application will be funded.

 

Other mortgage relief programs are available if homeowners do not meet the HAF eligibility criteria. Homeowners should contact a housing counselor, mortgage servicer or 211 for more options. 

 

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Housing Stability Council Meeting - June 17, 2022 - 06/16/22

June 16, 2022

 

The next Housing Stability Council meeting will be from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, June 17, 2022. The meeting will be held electronically due to the current COVID-19 health crisis. You can find all meeting materials on our website.

Register for this Zoom Meeting 

 

AGENDA:

 

11:00:

ARB Overview

Webinar Summary

Stakeholder Survey and Next Steps

Agency-wide Legislative Concept Overview

Brit McLean, Senior Legislative & Government Relations Coordinator

 

11:05: 

AGY POPs Summary

Chelsea Bunch, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Manager

 

 

11:10:

Questions

Chelsea Bunch, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Manager,  
Brit McLean, Senior Legislative & Government Relations Coordinator 

 

11:15: 

Affordable Rental Housing Division

Natasha Detweiler-Daby, Interim Director

Affordable Rental Housing

ARB Vision and LC/POP Overview

 

11:23: 

Questions

Natasha Detweiler-Daby, Interim Director 

Affordable Rental Housing

 

11:32: 

Homeownership Division

Emese Perfecto, Director

Homeownership

HOD ARB Vision and LC/POP Overview

 

11:38:

Questions

Emese Perfecto, Director

Homeownership

 

11:45: 

Housing Stabilization Division

Jill Smith, Interim Director, Housing Stabilization

HSD ARB Vision and LC/POP Overview

 

11:50:

Questions

Jill Smith, Interim Director, Housing Stabilization

 

11:55: 

Message from the Chair

Claire Hall

Oregon Housing Stability Council awards funding to build affordable homes in wildfire-affected counties - 06/15/22

June 15, 2022 

  

Media Contact: Delia Hernández         

HCS.mediarequests@hcs.oregon.gov  

 

Oregon Housing Stability Council awards funding to build affordable homes in wildfire-affected counties   

More than $73 million to fund over 600 affordable homes 

 

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Housing and Community Services announced awards of more than $73.33 million for the construction of 625 affordable homes in wildfire-affected counties across the state. The Oregon Housing Stability Council (HSC) awarded the latest rounds of program funding during their past meetings. Most of the funding will go toward development of rental housing, and some will go toward homeownership. 

 

These awards will add needed affordable housing supply in the counties of the state affected by wildfires, including the 2020 Labor Day Fires that burned 1 million acres. More than 4,000 homes were destroyed, including more than 1,700 manufactured homes in 20 manufactured home parks.  

 

More than $7 million in funding will go to convert the Talent Mobile Estates into a resident-owned cooperative. The manufactured dwelling park was destroyed during the 2020 Almeda Fire in Jackson County, displacing 89 families. Many of the residents were Latino/a/x families who worked in agriculture and other low-wage service jobs. They have been displaced from their community for the past 20 months. The Phoenix-Talent School District reported that nearly 40% of its students lost their homes to the fire, causing a significant social, emotional and economic disruption. CASA of Oregon will work with its partner, Coalición Fortaleza, to engage residents displaced from the area as they develop the project. 

 

“I’ve been spending a lot of time in Southern Oregon and the Latinx community has been disproportionately affected,” said HSC Councilmember Gerard Sandoval, PhD. “This is a perfect type of project that is needed because it has strong community ties and is resident-owned.” 

 

The council also awarded funding to Marion County to buy 15 acres of land for future development of new affordable homes. The site has the potential to establish a mix of two- to-four-bedroom single-family homes for wildfire survivors, seniors and workforce housing in the Santiam Canyon. 

 

“Currently, we have around 300 households in Marion County who don’t have a place to call home,” said Marion County Commissioner Danielle Bethell. “This $1.7 million is not just going to purchase land; it’s going to give us the opportunity to create affordable, long-term housing that works for this community that was devasted by the wildfires.”  

 

Below is a list of the 10 affordable housing developments awarded funding in Clackamas, Jackson, Marion and Lincoln counties. 

 

County 

Development Name 

Total Homes 

Source of Funding 

Awarded Amount 

Clackamas 

Estacada Apartments 

36 

Rental 

             $9,720,000  

Marion 

Gateway Phase 2 

138 

Rental 

$25,175,000 

Jackson 

Orchard Meadows and Prescott Gardens 

196 

Rental 

              $9,000,000  

Jackson 

Summit Gardens 

34 

Rental 

              $6,060,000  

Jackson 

Talent Senior Apartments 

22 

Rental 

             $3,181,400  

Lincoln 

Wecoma Place 

44 

Rental 

                $3,927,515  

Marion 

MacLeay CLT 

24 

Homeownership 

                $2,760,000  

Jackson 

New Spirit Village 

42 Affordable, 42 Market 

Homeownership 

                $4,300,000  

Jackson 

Talent Mobile Estates 

89 

DRR* - Acquisition 

                $7,500,000  

Marion 

Mill City Homesteads 

** 

DRR - Acquisition 

                $1,706,500 

* Disaster Recovery and Resilience 

**15 acres 

 

More detailed information about the awards and the funding programs can be found in the May 2022 and June 2022 Housing Stability Council packets. 

 

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State submits Action Plan to HUD for funding to help with recovery from 2020 Labor Day Fires - 06/10/22

June 8, 2022

 

Media Contact: Delia Hernández                          

HCS.mediarequests@hcs.oregon.gov 

 

State submits Action Plan to HUD for funding to help with recovery from 2020 Labor Day Fires

 

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Housing and Community Services submitted an Action Plan for ReOregon to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on June 8. The ReOregon program will provide new resources to help survivors of the 2020 Labor Day Fires who have not yet been able to rebuild or find safe, affordable homes. The program will likely launch late this year or in early 2023.

The Oregon Housing Stability Council approved the Action Plan on June 3. OHCS expects to have approval of the plan from HUD in 60 to 90 days. The federal government appropriated funds to Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) in Fall 2021. The rules establishing the requirements to receive funding were not published until February of this year. OHCS will implement programs as soon as possible but will likely not be ready to accept and approve formal applications for home reconstruction until the first half of 2023.

The Action Plan describes how the state will spend $422 million of federal funding to support recovery from the 2020 Labor Day Fires in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Marion counties. The goal of the program is that all fire-impacted individuals and households have equitable access to the resources necessary to be housed safely, sustainably, permanently, affordably and in their housing of choice. There are no proof of citizenship or residency requirements and OHCS will seek opportunities to partner with culturally specific, community-based organizations to support survivors through application and recovery processes.

The core elements of the plan, which were refined through extensive public engagement in fire-impacted areas in May, are:

  • A housing replacement program for homeowners who lost homes to the fires.
  • A new homeownership program for fire survivors who were renters and displaced by the fires.
  • A fund to support local priority projects to build new infrastructure, carry out mitigation activities, or support economic revitalization.

 Other ReOregon programs include intermediate housing assistance, housing recovery services, and recovery planning, as well as services of rent support, housing navigation, legal assistance and case management.

There are programs available today for low- and moderate-income fire survivors that can help more immediately. All survivors of the 2020 Labor Day Fires are strongly encouraged to enroll with a disaster case manager who can help survivors create a recovery plan tailored to their situation. The disaster case manager hotline is 833-669-0554.

To learn more about the ReOregon Action Plan or to sign up for email updates as programs become available, please visit Re.Oregon.gov.

 

[Spanish translation available as attachment]

Attached Media Files: ReOregon Updates , Translated to Spanish