POL Government Elected Officials Nick Fish
PHB celebrates milestones - December 3, 2009


Thanks to Jennifer Kalez for the photo!

Yesterday afternoon we joined community supporters, business and non-profit partners, and friends at an Open House to formally launch the new home of the Portland Housing Bureau in the Commonwealth Building.


The Open House was a time to celebrate the achievement of three major goals for 2009:

  • secure new funding for Housing Bureau programs;
  • build the Resource Access Center; and
  • create a new housing bureau by combining PDC’s housing programs and staff with the former Bureau of Housing and Community Development.
During the last budget cycle, with many bureaus taking 5% cuts, the

budget for housing increased by 30%; we broke ground on the RAC on November 20; and, the creation of the new Portland Housing Bureau promises to streamline programming and services by combining the best of PDC a nd the Bureau of Housing and Community Development.


PHB's new space is sustainable and cost-effective, incorporating green features like recycled building materials and office furniture, natural light, and motion-sensitive lighting.


Congratulations to everyone who made this day possible!


Especially Margaret Van Vliet, the dynamic new leader of PHB.