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Housing and Community Services Dept: Agency Subdivisions

Oregon Housing Stability Council

Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite B, Salem 97301-1266
Phone: 503-986-2005
Fax: 503-986-2132
Contact: Cheyloa Chase, Executive Assistant to the Director
Statutory Authority: ORS 456.567

Duties and Responsibilities: The council consists of nine members and is the governing body for OHCS. The council approves affordable housing projects, sets direction on statewide housing policy and serves as an advisory body to the agency. The council also serves as a public body for engagement with stakeholders, housing advocates and the public on affordable housing issues and policy decisions.

Deputy Director's Office

Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite B, Salem 97301-1266
Phone: 503-986-2000
Fax: 503-986-2020
Contact: Caleb Yant, Deputy Director
Statutory Authority: ORS 456.555

Duties and Responsibilities: The office includes Human Resources, Administrative Services, Information Services, and the Finance and Budget 
Sections. It is responsible for the support services required to ensure that the business functions of OHCS are operating appropriately. This includes personnel development, information technology, research, facilities management, records management and auditing functions. It provides essential services to support OHCS’ leadership and workforce to achieve the department’s mission. 

The Finance Section includes grants and monitoring, procurement, contracts and general accounting functions for all aspects of the department. Key program areas of the department rely on community partners for serving people with low incomes. Grants and contracts are critical for success in reaching low-income Oregonians. This section ensures accountability and stewardship of resources.

The Budget Section manages and reports on all aspects of the agency’s budget. The section works closely with partners at the Legislative Fiscal Office and the Department of Administrative Services to provide needed reports and budget documents throughout the biennium.​

Affordable Rental Housing Division
Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite B, Salem 97301-1266
Phone: 503-986-2000
Fax: 503-986-2020
Contact:Julie Cody, Director
Statutory Authority: ORS 456.587, 458.505–458.530, 458.600–458.650

Duties and Responsibilities: The division administers federal and state-funded, multifamily rental housing resources to facilitate the increased availability of safe, decent and affordable housing for Oregonians with low incomes. This includes the development of new multifamily units and the acquisition and rehabilitation of existing multifamily units, support of homeownership for low- and moderate-income Oregonians through 
single family programs, long term maintenance of affordable multifamily housing through asset management and compliance, debt management, and foreclosure assistance under the Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative.
Homeownership Division
Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite B, Salem 97301-1266
Phone: 503-986-2000
Fax: 503-986-2020
Contact: Emese Perfecto, Director
Statutory Authority: ORS 456.587, 458.505–458.530, 458.600–458.650

Duties and Responsibilities: The division was established in 2019 and administers federal and state programs to increase homeownership among low- and moderate-income Oregonians. This includes resources for home buyer coaching, down payment assistance, home buyer interest rate advantage, home repair, foreclosure prevention and mortgage assistance. ​

Housing Stabilization Division

Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite B, Salem 97301-1266
Phone: 503-986-2000
Fax: 503-986-2020
Contact: Andrea Bell, Director
Statutory Authority: ORS 456.587, 458.505–458.530, 458.600–458.650

Duties and Responsibilities: The division administers services for Oregonians with low and extremely low incomes to help stabilize their housing as well as achieve greater economic stability. Services include work to prevent and end homelessness, emergency rental assistance, energy bill payment assistance and weatherization assistance as well as other anti-poverty programs such as the Individual Development Accounts.

The division ensures that affordable housing projects across Oregon maintain compliance with state and federal regulations and are safe and ​healthy properties for the residents. The division’s responsibilities also include contract administration on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and human resources and facilities functions.​

Public Affairs Division

Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite B, Salem 97301-1266
Phone: 503-986-2000
Fax: 503-986-2020
Contact: Kenny LaPoint, ​Director
Statutory Authority: ORS 456.555

Duties and Responsibilities: The division includes Federal Planning, Housing Integrators and Government Relations and Communications. Public Affairs is the primary division that engages with the public, stakeholders, elected officials and the media.
 

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