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Property for Affordable Housing

Cully site purchased with city bond

7/25/2018, 1:40 p.m.
The Cully Neighborhood will be the site of at least 50 new affordable housing units thanks to the Portland Housing ...
An image from Google search shows the property in the Cully Neighborhood at 5827 N.E. Prescott St. where the Portland Housing Bureau plans to develop at least 50 new units of affordable housing with funds from the Portland Housing Bond. Via Google Search

The Cully Neighborhood will be the site of at least 50 new affordable housing units thanks to the Portland Housing Bureau and its acquisition of a 19,000-square foot property at 5827 N.E. Prescott with monies from Portland’s Housing Bond.

The property is the fourth bond project announced in the last 18 months, totaling more than 560 units of permanently affordable housing planned or purchased to date under the bond.

“This opportunity to bring new housing to a critically important and underserved area is another strong step forward toward our bond goals,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler, in a recent announcement.

“With the 50 new units planned for this site, plus hundreds more under active negotiation, we are making aggressive progress to meet our commitment well ahead of schedule.”

The property’s location in one of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods follows criteria for bond expenditures established in a community framework adopted by City Council. Under the framework, the bond should serve to prevent displacement and provide new housing opportunities, with a focus on communities of color, those experiencing homelessness, immigrant and refugee communities, and other populations disproportionately impacted by the housing emergency.

“This is a rapidly gentrifying area where families are facing a growing risk of being priced out,” said Portland Housing Bureau interim director Shannon Callahan. “Acquiring this property with the Bond allows us to create a permanent foothold of affordability in this neighborhood and stable housing for as many as 200 people.”

Design work for the site is expected to begin next summer. For more information, visit portlandhousingbond.com.