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The City of Portland, Oregon

Dan Saltzman

Commissioner, City of Portland

Phone: 503-823-4151

Fax: 503-823-3036

1221 SW 4th Ave Ste 230, Portland, OR 97204

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Housing Accomplishments

Dan's Housing Accomplishments

Dan had responsibility for the Portland Housing Bureau from mid-2013 through 2016. During his tenure he prioritized increasing the City’s supply of affordable housing in both the public and the private market. During his tenure resources for the creation of new permanently affordable housing increased by over $500 million. 

To read more about the current state of housing in Portland, read the City’s State of Housing Report ( To learn more about Dan’s specific accomplishments, please read below.  

1st Voter-Approved Funding for Affordable Housing in the State

In 2016, the City Council referred $258.4 million general obligation bond a General Obligation Bond measure to City Voters. In November, the affordable housing bond passed which will build and acquire new affordable housing for thousands of Portlanders every year.

Required New Developments to Include Affordable Housing – Citywide Inclusionary Housing Policy

Dan worked in combination with community advocates to repeal the statewide ban on inclusionary zoning in 2016. Inclusionary Zoning requires new development to include affordable housing in developments along-side market rate housing.  Dan fast-tracked a comprehensive citywide policy that requires the maximum percentage of units that can be allowed by state law – 20%. This will create 1,000’s of new affordable units in private market development throughout our City. To read more about the City’s new policy.

Established Construction Excise Tax to Fund Affordable Housing Development

During the 2016 legislative session, the State Legislature gave local governments the authority to enact a tax on new development, also known as a construction excise tax. In accordance with that authority, Commissioner Saltzman worked to enact a tax on new residential and commercial development. This new revenue will support affordable housing development for low-income Portlanders.

Partnered with Multnomah County to Create the New Joint Office for Homeless Services

In 2016, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and Commissioner Saltzman partnered to merge the City and the Counties efforts to address the crisis of individuals and families experiencing homeless into one focused entity, with more dedicated funding to help our most vulnerable community members. The joint effort in its first year moved thousands of families and individuals into permanent housing and added hundreds to new shelter beds.

Combatted Displacement & Gentrification in N/NE Portland

We are changing the way we engage the community and address the serious problem of gentrification and displacement. Through an additional $20 million commitment from City Council and the Portland Development Commission, the N/NE Neighborhood Housing Strategy, a community-led effort, meets and offers oversight of public spending efforts in the North and Northeast neighborhoods. 

After extensive community input, Dan directed the Portland Housing Bureau to create a preference policy which will prioritize community members who live or have generational ties to the North and Northeast neighborhoods for housing placements, and homeownership opportunities. This policy acknowledges and takes action to correct the reality that past actions of the City through urban renewal marginalized and displaced historic residents of North and Northeast Portland.

Prioritized Affordable Housing Developments in the Permitting Process

The Portland Housing Bureau and the Bureau of Development Services worked collaboratively in 2016 to coordinate efforts to streamline the review and permitting of Affordable Housing projects. New developments that contain affordable housing now have priority status. This means that affordable housing developments now go to the top of the permitting pile – ensuring affordable housing is built quicker and with less cost. In just a few short months the permitting timeline for affordable housing projects has already been reduced. Read more about this collaboration in a memo from the bureau directors.

Increased Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Set-Aside

In October, with a coalition of support, City Council increased the urban renewal TIF set-aside from 30% to 45%. This shifts an additional $66.7 million to affordable housing to be used in the Urban Renewal Areas in the next 5 years.

Dedicated Short Term Rental Revenue to Affordable Housing

In this tight rental market, it is clear to many that the sharing economy and short term rentals in particular may contribute to a lack of affordable housing stock. In 2015, Council supported a resolution first brought to Council to dedicate lodging taxes collected from short term rental companies to our Housing Investment Fund (HIF). This new dedicated source of funding for the HIF is expected to generate approximately $1.2 million per year.      

Portland Housing Bureau Purchased the Joyce Hotel

The Joyce Hotel was one of the last remaining privately owned single room occupancy options in the downtown core proving much needed low-barrier housing. The Joyce was marketed for sale in early 2016, and Dan directed the Portland Housing Bureau to purchase the Joyce so that this resource for some of our most vulnerable residents would not be lost. The Joyce Hotel will soon be undergoing renovations and will be permanently affordable. To read more about the purchase, see this Street Roots article.

Accelerated Funding for Affordable Housing

In 2016, Commissioner Saltzman directed the acceleration of affordable housing funding through the largest release of housing funds to date. The Portland Housing Bureau released $61.6 million in local and federal funds for affordable housing project proposals. This investment will generate another $150-200 million in economic activity and produce over 600 new affordable units.

New & Improved Tax Exemptions

City Council and the Multnomah County Commission changed the to the Multiple-Unit Limited Tax Exemption (MULTE) Program to improve access, ease of use for private developers and increase the supply of affordable housing units in private market developments. Since improvements were made to the program, City Council has approved hundreds of new affordable units in private market developments throughout the City. With the advent of a comprehensive inclusionary zoning program in Portland the MULTE program will now require 99 of affordability in exchange for the tax exemption.

First-Step Tenant Protections

These regulations provide tenants a 90-day notice for no-cause termination of tenancies and rent increases of 5% or more over a 12-month period. These new protections went into effect November 13, 2015. During the 2015 Legislative Session, the State Legislature passed their own set of tenant protections. You can read the bill here. 

Support for Low-Income Renters and Eviction Prevention

In the October 2015, we secured funding for two programs helping our most vulnerable populations retain their housing. The first is a joint effort with Home Forward to help Section 8 voucher holders help find and secure rental housing. The second is a fund for victims of domestic violence to retain housing and prevent them and their children from entering homelessness. In the last point-in-time street count, 45% of homeless women indicated they had been effected by domestic violence. 

New Partnership to Support Land Acquisition for Affordable Housing

The Portland Housing Bureau invested $1 million in the Oregon Housing Acquisition Fund. This new partnership between the City of Portland and the Network for Oregon Affordable Housing (NOAH) provides financing and technical assistance for affordable housing development. This is a critical tool that will allow our affordable housing partners to act quickly in an escalating and dynamic market to acquire new sites for affordable housing developments. This new investment to leverages public and private resources for land banking to enhance our funding and make it more accessible to nonprofit and for-profit borrowers, for both rental and homeownership development projects citywide.