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POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner Nick Fish
Portland to receive $17 million housing boost - August 18, 2010

Commissioner Fish with Proud Ground representatives and Minority Homeowners Association cutting ribbon on a new houseAs Janie Har wrote in yesterday's Oregonian, the city of Portland will receive about $1.5 million more in grant money than their annual alotment from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developmentfor low-income housing and shelter assistance this year. 

 

We want to sincerely thank Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkleyfor their hard work and support of this funding, which will total about $18.2 million. This includes nearly $1 million of funds to Gresham through the Community Development Block Grant, funds that come with great flexibility in how they are implemented.

 

The full allocation will largely support the development and rehabilitation of low-income rental units, helping homeowners avoid foreclosure and providing shelters for the homeless. The Portland Housing Bureau, led by Commissioner Fish and Director Margaret Van Vliet, invests local and federal dollars to support the continuum of housing needs in the Portland area.

 

In addition, $1 million of these funds will go to the Cascade AIDS Project which continues their funding amount under the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA). This will continue to help with rent payments for people with the auto-immune illness.

 

The Breakdown
- Gresham, Community Development Block Grant,  $959,393
- Multnomah County, Community Development Block Grant, $332,192.
- Portland, Community Development Block Grant, $10,866,899.
- Portland, Emergency Shelter Grants Program, $441,899.
- Portland, HOME Program, $4,596,522.
- Portland, HOPWA Program, $1,088,055 (Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS).

 

Read Janie Har's entire article on oregonlive.

 

Event Note: Cascade AIDS Projects will have their annual walk October 3rd. Why walk? Because today in America, a new HIV infection occurs every 9 1/2 minutes. Click here for more information.

 

Above pictured: Representing Proud Ground, Minority Homebuyer Assistance Collaborativeis Commissioner Fish, John Mohlis, Greg Brown, Tom Walsh and Serena Cruz, April 2010. Thank you to the Portland Observer for supplying the photograph.