North/Northeast Community Resource Guide

10.       HOUSING & UTILITIES ASSISTANCE

A.    HOUSING:

HAP: Low Rent Public Housing, 4400 NE Broadway, Suite A                   288–5750

The Low Rent Public Housing Program (LRPH) is a HAP owned & operated housing program in which individuals & families only pay approximately 30% of their income in rent & HAP pays the remainder. The Low Rent Public Housing list is open continuously & in order to apply for it, you will need to fill out an application directly at the Housing Authority of Portland.  At that time, your name will be put on a waiting list & when it appears at the top of the list, you will be offered the next available unit. Unless a reasonable accommodation is needed, you will not be able to choose which building you would like to move into.  Also, you should be aware that without a Local Preference or a referral from a Community Action agency, the waiting list can be several years.

 

A “Local Preference” can assist you in advancing further up on the wait list for LRPH & are given to violence Homeless or living in a shelter for the homeless Paying more than those individuals/ households who are: Involuntarily displaced––example: domestic 50% of adjusted family income for rent & utilities

 

A “Community Action Agency” can provide help with finding transitional & emergency housing.  In addition, the center in your area may be able to provide information & referral, shelter, food, clothing, utility bills,  & transportation.  To receive transitional housing resources, you must be signed up for case management services at the Community Action Agency in your area.

 

There are two types of Community Action Agencies:

Community Service Centers

Special Needs Agencies          

 

They provide similar services BUT Special Needs Agencies have more specific populations that they serve. Please remember that funding for each of these agencies is very limited & although certain services may be listed below, not all agencies will have funds to provide them for all those in need. 

 

Apply at the center or agency that serves your area or need group listed below:

B.    COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTERS: 

Albina Ministerial Alliance, 4867 NE MLK                                                            285–0493

Target Population: Families in N/NE Portland (betw. I–5 & 82nd, I–84  & Columbia Blvd) Services provided include rental assistance & emergency shelter, emergency food, information & referral, energy assistance, case mgmt., child care resources.  Call for an appointment. Bus line 6.

Friendly House, 1808 NW Irving 97209                                                       228–4335

Target Population:  Families in NW Portland. Services provided include information & referral, transitional housing, energy assistance, case mgmt., food boxes.  Walk–in or call.  Bus line17.

Human Solutions, 2900 SE 122nd 97236                                                     988–5201

Target Population: Families East of 82nd Ave. Services provided include homeless prevention counseling, emergency housing for families & single pregnant women, help with utility payments, information & referral, case management.  Call to make an appointment.  Bus lines 4, 9, 71.

Neighborhood House, 7780 SW Capitol Hwy.  97219                                246–1663

Target Population: Families in SW Portland Services provided include transitional housing, information & referral, crisis intervention, assessment, food boxes, laundry vouchers, financial assistance, energy assistance, rental assistance. Walk–in for appointment.   Bus lines 41 & 45.

Portland Impact, 4620 SE Hawthorn                                                        988–6000

Target Population: Families in inner SE Portland – West of 82nd Ave. Services provided include information & referral, case management, advocacy, housing assistance, shelter, employment assistance, substance abuse support services, energy assistance, rental assistance. Call for appointment.

Transition Projects, 435 NW Glisan 97209                                                           823–4930

Target Population: Homeless singles in Downtown Portland Services provided include money management, mail message, veterans services, daily needs, transitional & permanent housing, showers & clean clothes. Call for appointment.   On Bus Mall.

St. Johns YWCA, 8010 N Charleston 97203                                                            721–6760

Target Population: Low–income families in North Portland ( West of  I–5)  Services provided include information & referral, assistance for homeless or at–risk families, some church shelter, case management, energy assistance, permanent housing, showers & clean clothes.  Call for appointment.   Bus lines 4, 17, 40, 75.

 

C.    SPECIAL NEEDS AGENCIES:

Boys & Girls Aid Society of Ore. 018 SW Boundary Ct.                          222–9661

Target population: Pregnant &/or parenting young women & their children in Multnomah County.  Services provided include transitional housing, food, transportation, clothing, intensive case management, rent & deposit assistance. Call for intake, 24 hours a day.  Bus lines: 35,40,43.

Bradley–Angle House                                                                                              281–2442

Target population: Victims of domestic/ sexual violence, women only, boys up to 11, girls up to 18.  Services offered include emergency shelter, meals, support groups (specialized in battered lesbian women, young women, Spanish speaking women). Maximum stay 14 weeks. 24 hour phone screen, intake depends on availability.

Lotus, 1811 NE 39th                                                                                       282–1082

Target population: Survivors of prostitution.  Services offered include support & education groups, clothing assistance, case management, advocacy.  Open intake Tuesday s and Thursdays 1:00pm – 3:00pm or call for appointment.

International Refugee Center of Oregon, 1336 E Burnside                                 234–1541

Target population: Low–income, limited English speaking, SE Asian & other refugee individuals & families at risk for homelessness. Services provided include information & referral, case management, crisis intervention, housing assistance, food, shelter, advocacy, outreach for Vietnamese, Laotian, Cambodian, Mien, Hmong & others. Bus lines: 12,19,20. Call for intake interview.

Ore. Human Devel. Corp. – Hispanic Access, 1715 E Burnside                236–9670

Target population: Low–income Hispanic individuals who speak only Spanish.  Services provided include info. & referral, assessment, case mgmt., crisis intervention, housing & emergency financial assistance, advocacy, translation, job training & placement.  Bus line: 20

Raphael House                                                                                                          222–6222

Target population: Victims of domestic/ sexual violence––women only, boys up to age 11, girls up to 18.  Services provided include emergency shelter, meals, support groups, life skills classes, parenting classes, information & referral.  23 beds (dorm style).  24–hour phone screen, intake depends on availability.  Interpreters available – all languages.

West Women & Children Shelter , 2010 NW Kearney                               224–7718

Target  population: Women with children (girls under 18, boys under 12, alcohol and drug free––30 days clean & sober.)  Must work vigorous schedule of classes, etc. Meals offered, some voucher funds available.  Interpreters available–all languages.

Phase I: Room for 9 singles & 2 families, max. stay is 30 days (extendable).

Phase II: Room for 24 singles & up to 9 families, max. Stay is 2 years

HAP: GOALS Program, 135 SW Ash                                                              735–4239

(Previously called Family Self–Sufficiency Program)     

If you are currently living in Section 8, low–income HUD, or low–rent public housing, you are eligible for this program.  The program assists families to become wage–earning, have opportunity to develop a savings account & become independent of welfare.

HAP:  Section 8 Housing Assistance Program , 135 SW Ash                   802–8333

The Section 8 Assistance Program is run by HAP & assists individuals/ households by allowing you to pay only 30% of your income toward your rent––HAP will pay the remainder.  Once you are approved, you will need to find an apartment or house that accepts Section 8.  These buildings are open market, privately owned buildings, which have agreed with HAP to accept Section 8 assistance.  If you have Section 8 & are interested in a particular apartment, you will need to contact the apartment manager & ask if they accept Section 8.  Since the buildings are not managed by HAP, but individually operated, you will need to make sure that you meet the screening criteria of the individual building to which you are applying.  Generally, the Section 8 list opens every 12–16 months, & names are drawn at random.  You may contact HAP at 228–2178 to find out if there are any available dates for when the list will re–open.

HUD:  Low–Income Housing Program, 400 SW 6th #700              

The HUD projects are apartment buildings owned and managed by private companies. They have to follow federal regulations in accepting applications and maintaining waiting lists.  These projects each operate their own waiting lists so you have to apply to each one separately, although some management companies will accept one application for several projects that they manage.(Note: Properties that have the same phone number).  The HUD rents are slightly lower than market rates, but not very low.  They do, however, have some Section 8 units where part of your rent is paid by the government.  Ask about screening criteria & how long the waiting list is for that building.  Some buildings have a waiting list of only two months while others have a list that may be several years.  There is no application fee for the HUD buildings.  Because the length of the waiting list  varies from building to building, it may be helpful to apply at several buildings.

See listing below.

Following is a mixed list of N/NE & central city housing properties. Rent is 30% of income:

C A White Gardens, 735 N Fremont St.                                                        287–2162

1 & 2 BR/Couples & Families 3954 N Haight

Fremont Manor, 221 N Fremont Street                                                       287–2162

1 & 2 BR/Couples & Families 

James Lee Gardens, 626 NE Brazee St.                                                        287–2162

Studios & 1 BR

Matt Dishman, 109 NE Knott St.                                                                  287–2162

1 & 2 BR/Couples & Families

Multnomah Manor, 9110 NE Hassalo                                                        253–6351

1 BR

Plaza 5700 N Michigan Street                                                                    285–9026

2 & 3 BR/Low–Income Families

St. Johns Woods, 8652 N Swift Way                                                           286–8652

1, 2 and 3 BR. Low-income families, including disabled & senior citizens

Upshur House, 2650 NW Upshur St.                                                             226–3485

1 & 2 BR/Couples & Families

Housing Program, 30 N Webster, # C                                                         280–6904

Provide information & referral for general housing, transitional housing for families, rental listings provided weekly. Must come into office for listings, not call.

Fair Housing Council, 1020 SW Taylor St. Suit 700                                 223–8295

Helps with issues of housing discrimination including gender and family status.

Fair Housing Hotline                                                                                                1–800–424–3247

Housing discrimination hotline by the State of Oregon.

Habitat for Humanity, 1478 NE Killingsworth                                        287–9529

A non–profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that builds new houses & rehabilitates old ones in partnership with low–income families.  Habitat homes are built with volunteer labor & donated materials & are sold to families at no profit through no–interest loans.  This program requires purchasers to put in 350–500 hours of volunteer labor, which can include work donated by friends & family.  House payments are kept to a minimum amount including taxes & insurance.

HOST (Home Ownership a Street at a Time), 1818 NE MLK                                    331–1752

Low–income home ownership for first time buyers located in inner North/ Northeast Portland.

Metro Community Development Corporation                                                      234–3265

Rentals available to low–income families & individuals.  Specializing in affordable apartments,  Home Buyer/Ownership Program.  May  be waiting list.  Also operates a distribution center for new & used clothing on Thursdays from 11:30am–3:00pm.  Small fee to cover storage. Call for location.

PCRC (Portsmouth Community Redevelopment Corp)                              283–1096

Low–income home ownership.

PCRI (Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives)                            288–2923

Low–income housing for all of Multnomah County.  Some home buying.

Portland Housing Center, 1605 NE 45th Ave.                                            282–7744

Information & referral regarding housing issues, tenant rights & loan program resources.  Home ownership counseling and education.  Mortgage foreclosure prevention program.  Fair housing help regarding discrimination (hotline: 282–1964).

Hours: 9am–5pm, Mon – Fri.

Portland Roommate Referral Service, 828 NW 21st                              224–4939

www.portlandroommate.com

Access to current information on shared housing in the Portland area.  Personal profiles are available on persons seeking housing and on persons offering rooms to rent.  All prices & lifestyles.  Cost: $35 fee, no time limits

Sabin Community Development Corporation, 2517 NE Alberta             287–3496

Low–income rentals & rent to own properties.

Shared Housing, 1819 NW Everett                                                              225–9924

Non–Profit shared housing counseling & matching service.  Matches compatible homeowners with tenants for rent or in exchange for services such as housekeeping, companionship, personal care or babysitting. Takes about 2 weeks to match. Applications taken TU–F, 9am–4:00pm. $10 fee.

West Women & Children Shelter, 2010 NW Kearney                                224–7718

Target  population: Women with children (girls under 18, boys under 12, alcohol and drug free––30 days clean & sober.)  Must work vigorous schedule of classes, etc. Meals offered, some voucher funds available.  Interpreters available–all languages.

Phase I: Room for 9 singles & 2 families, max. stay is 30 days (extendable).

Phase II: Room for 24 singles & up to 9 families, max. Stay is 2 years

 

D.    UTILITIES:

Block by Block                                                                                              823–7224

Weatherization program for low–income in the city limits. Also operates a county–wide weatherization & furnace repair program. May replace inoperable furnaces if hazardous. May be waiting list.

Community Energy Project, Inc.                                                                 284–6827

Weatherization & Energy Savings workshops to low–income households. Free energy  savings materials valued at $100. City of Portland only.

Gas Assistance Program                                                                            222–5555

For low–income residents with natural gas heat.  A United Way service.

Link Up America

Oregon Telephone Assistance Program                                                    1–800–848–4442

Discount program for low–income persons.  Provides assistance paying phone bills for low–income, food stamp, SSI, Medicaid eligible people. Offers 50% off telephone connection charge and up to $12 off monthly bill. Call for an application.

Hours: 8 am–5 pm, Mon – Fri.

Low–income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)                                               227–5437

Financial assistance for low–income people; services provided in winter months only.

Oregon HEAT                                                                                                  691–3790

For heating bill assistance statewide through local agencies.

See Appendix C


 

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