Who We Are
The mission of the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) is to solve the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland. PHB is responsible for leading housing policy for the City of Portland and administering programs to produce affordable rental housing, increase and stabilize homeowners, prevent and end homelessness, and regulate and assist landlords and tenants in the rental housing market. We are guided in our work by a vision that all Portlanders should have equitable access to affordable housing and to the opportunities that a safe, stable home can deliver.
Interim Bureau Director Molly C. Rogers
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What We Do
To achieve the City’s housing goals, PHB implements programs and policies in four key areas:
- Production and Preservation: PHB finances the construction and preservation of affordable housing— through both direct financing as well as indirect subsidies, such as tax exemptions and fee waivers. PHB-funded housing is required to remain affordable at targeted incomes for up to 99 years. PHB currently regulates a portfolio of nearly 15,000 units of affordable housing throughout the city.
- Homeownership: PHB funds programs to increase homeownership for vulnerable and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, including down-payment assistance loans and homebuyer education.
- Preventing Displacement: PHB uses a variety of strategies to stabilize vulnerable renters and homeowners, especially in North/Northeast and East Portland. Strategies include supporting and implementing new tenant protections, funding legal services, and providing home repair grants and loans to help low and moderate-income homeowners retain their homes.
- Ending Homelessness: Through the Joint Office of Homeless Services (JOHS), PHB invests in services and programs that assist individuals and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness. These include short-term rent assistance, Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), transitional housing, and winter and emergency shelter. Together with our partners, PHB is working to achieve Portland City Council’s goal of creating 2,000 new supportive housing units by 2028.
Visit the Portland Housing Bureau homepage for the latest events and news.
Housing Bond Metro Housing Bond
PHB's old website (for reference only, content not updated)
Contacts by program: PHB Program Directory
Email lists and Newsletters
Housing Bond Oversight Committee, housing opportunities:
Stay connected | Housing Bond newsletters
Affordable housing development: PHB Solicitations email list
Portland Housing Advisory Commission: PHAC email list
Fair Housing Advocacy Committee: FHAC email list
N/NE Neighborhood Housing Strategy
Connect with us! | N/NE newsletters
Rental Services Office:
RSO email list | RSO news
Learn more about PHB's advisory groups.
Mailing and Office Address
Portland Housing Bureau
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7007
Portland, OR 97201
Want to drop off a form in person? No appointment needed. Simply drop off in the grey mail bin in the building lobby on the first floor. If you have questions, please send us an email.
PHB is operating in hybrid. What to know:
- Limited in-person services are available, mostly by appointment. Call or email to schedule.
- Remote methods (phone, email, fax, or post mail) are still recommended for all customer service needs.
- Contact us to check in-person customer service hours before your visit. Staff are only in the building on certain days of the week. Email is most recommended.
Know before you go
General info about visiting City buildings
For all media inquiries
Please contact our Public Information Manager.
Martha.Calhoon@portlandoregon.gov | 503-823-1132
Refer to the program directory for contacts and links to more information. Please reach out to a program specialist if you have questions.
Public Records Requests
Submit requests online through the public records portal.
- How to make a request
- City of Portland Public Records Portal
- Have a question? Try the Public Records Q&A for answers to many common questions.
- Portland Maps
- City of Portland Corporate GIS (CGIS)
- More related to public records on Portland.gov
- Open Data, Statistics, and Maps
PHB Performance Measures
How many housing and rental units have been added in the last quarter? How many people served? See how PHB is measuring up to its quarterly performance targets in the PHB Data Window.
Advisory Groups and Commissions
Attend a meeting, submit public testimony, or view materials from past meetings.
You can also view a list of all advisory groups in the City of Portland.
Who We Work With
- City of Beaverton
- City of Gresham
- City of Portland
- Clark County Public Health
- Multnomah County
- Oregon Housing and Community Services (State of Oregon)
- US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)