Molly C. Rogers, the Interim Director of the Portland Housing Bureau, has announced her resignation. She has accepted the position of Director of Housing Services for Washington County. Since joining the Bureau in 2019 as Deputy Director, Rogers worked alongside bureau staff to help implement Portland’s first affordable housing bond. With the last of the funds allocated during Rogers’ tenure as Interim Director, Portland’s Housing Bond is set to exceed the promised number of units by 43 percent.
In the year since being appointed Interim Director by Commissioner Dan Ryan, Rogers worked closely with Housing Bureau staff to implement the Metro Affordable Housing Bond for Portland; close 11 financing deals to move 900 units into construction; initiate recalibration of the Inclusionary Housing program; advance a pipeline to achieve our joint City/County goal of creating 2,000 new Permanent Supportive Housing units; participate in the co-creation of a new Cully TIF district alongside Prosper Portland and launch exploratory work for future TIF districts; complete an IGA with Prosper Portland for our affordable housing goals in the Broadway Corridor; and allocate funding into projects to meet the Interstate Corridor TIF Maximum Indebtedness goals for the N/NE Neighborhood Housing Strategy.
“I appreciate Molly for stepping up to lead the Portland Housing Bureau on an interim basis and her efforts to deliver clear results in response to the housing crisis, especially during an incredibly challenging time in our city. I know that she will bring that same tenacity, professionalism, and effectiveness to Washington County, and I wish her all the best,” said Commissioner Carmen Rubio. “As we move forward in the process of hiring a permanent Director for PHB, we plan to name an interim director to oversee operations and ensure continuity of service to the public and our partners.”
“It was my great privilege and pleasure to work under the leadership of Commissioner Ryan and Commissioner Rubio in my tenure as interim, and alongside the incredibly talented team at the Portland Housing Bureau as well as our myriad partners who make this important work possible,” said Rogers. “I am thrilled to be taking on this amazing opportunity to blend my past leadership experience in ending homelessness, creating and preserving affordable housing, and administering housing stability supports in this next chapter. I wish PHB continued growth and success, and I will continue to support and advocate for the importance of the Bureau’s work and its hard-working, dedicated staff.”
Interim Director Rogers’ last day the Bureau will be September 8, 2023.