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30.01.030 Definitions.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 186028, effective May 15, 2013.)

 

A.  “Affordable housing.”  The term “affordable housing”, “affordable rental housing” or “housing affordable to rental households” means that the rent is structured so that the targeted tenant population pays no more than 30 percent of their gross household income for rent and utilities.  The targeted tenant populations referred to in this section include households up to 80 percent of area median family income.

 

B.  “PHB.”  The City of Portland’s Portland Housing Bureau.

 

C.  “City Subsidy.”  Locally controlled public funds administered by the Portland Development Commission, the Portland Housing Bureau, or other City bureau or agency, allocated for the purpose of creating or preserving affordable rental housing to households below 80 percent of median family income.  City subsidies may be provided to developers through direct financial assistance such as low interest or deferred loans, grants, equity gap investments, credit enhancements or loan guarantees, or other mechanisms.

 

D.  “City Subsidy Projects.”  Privately owned properties of five or more units which receive a City subsidy after the effective date of Title 30.01 through programs designed to create or preserve rental housing affordable at or below 80 percent of area median family income.

 

E.  “Commercial Market Compatible Offer.”  A fair market value purchase offer made by the City or its designee which is consistent with the terms and conditions which would be made by a buyer on the open market such that a seller negotiating with the City on such terms would not experience any significant disadvantage as compared to a market rate transaction with a private party.

 

F.  “Fair Market Value.”  The amount of money in cash that real property would bring in the open market if it were offered for sale by one who desired, but was not obligated to sell, and was bought by one willing but not obliged to buy.  It is the actual value of the property on the date when a City offer pursuant to Title 30.01.050 is made.  As may be further refined by PHB through its Administrative Procedures developed in reference to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, the Oregon Uniform Trial Instructions, and relevant case law, fair market value is based on the best and highest use of the property, which may be greater than the use being made of the property by the current owner.  However, fair market value does not include speculative value, or possible value based on future expenditures and improvements, or potential   changes in applicable zoning regulations or laws, which are not reasonably probable.  Fair market value includes assessment of environmental, structural or mechanical information derived from inspections or other due diligence activities.

 

G.  “Federal Preservation Projects.”  Properties having project-based rental assistance contracts for some or all of the units (such as Section 8 and Project Rental Assistance Contracts) including those developed under a variety of HUD mortgage assistance and interest rate reduction programs.  Federal preservation projects include properties with loans, contracts, or insurance under the following federal subsidy programs: section 221(d)(4) with project-based Section 8; Section 202; Section 236(J)(1); Section 221(D)(3) BMIR; Section 221(D)(3) MIR; Section 811; Project based Section 8 contracts administered through HUD, Oregon Housing and Community Services, or the Housing Authority of Portland; Project Rental Assistance Contracts (PRAC); LIHPRHA capital grant program; and Section 241(f) preservation grant.  An updated list of all known Federal Preservation Projects will be maintained and available upon request to the public.

 

H.  “HUD.”  The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

 

I.  “Involuntary Displacement.”  Tenants of Federal Preservation Projects are considered to be involuntarily displaced if:

 

1.  They are served a notice to vacate the property for reasons other than just cause as defined herein; or

 

2.  They are not offered a one year lease under their tenant based voucher by the property owner; or

 

3.  They are offered a one year lease under their tenant based voucher, but are required to pay as rent and utilities an amount greater than the tenant contribution to rent (and utilities) in effect under the project-based Section 8 contract, and they then choose to move from the property rather than enter into a lease under the voucher.  This form of displacement is referred to as “economic displacement.”

 

J.  “Just Cause Eviction.”  Evictions for serious or repeated violations of the terms and conditions of the lease or occupancy agreement, violation of applicable Federal, State or local law, or other good cause (ORS 90.400).

 

K.  “Local Preservation Projects.”  Properties with 10 or more rental units which received financial assistance (from the programs listed below), to create or preserve housing serving households below 80 percent of median family income since January 1, 1988 and through the effective date of Title 30.01, which have affordability restrictions that are still in force as of the effective date of Title 30.01.  Financial assistance programs include subsidies from the City of Portland through the Portland Development Commission (Rental Housing Development Loan Program, Investor Rehabilitation Loan Program, Rental Rehabilitation Loan Program, or Downtown Housing Preservation Program), and/or from the State of Oregon Housing and Community Services Department (Housing Development Grant Program, Oregon Affordable Housing Tax Credit Program, and the former Oregon Lenders Tax Credit Program, Risk Sharing Bond program, Elderly and Disabled Bond Program), and/or which have received bond financing issued by the Housing Authority of Portland or the Portland Development Commission. An updated list of all known Local Preservation Projects will be maintained and available upon request to the public.

 

L.  “Low Income.”  Low income individuals, households or tenants are those with a gross household income below 50 percent of the area median family income.

 

M.  “MFI.”  Median family income for the Portland Metropolitan Statistical Area as defined by HUD as adjusted for inflation and published periodically.

 

N.  “Moderate Income.”  Moderate income individuals, households or tenants are those with a gross household income below 80 percent of the area median family income.

 

O.  “Opt Out.”  An owner’s non-renewal of an available project-based Section 8 contract in a Federal Preservation Project.  Owners may consider “opting out” when they contemplate conversion to open market rental housing, other housing or commercial uses, or a sale of the property.

 

P.  “PDC.”  Portland Development Commission

 

Q.  “Preservation Process.”  The requirements contained in 30.01.050 - 30.01.070 for Federal Preservation Projects and in 30.01.080 for Local Preservation Projects respectively.

 

R.  “Qualifying Household.”  A household legally residing in a federal preservation project with a gross household income at or below 50 percent of median family income.  


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