Re: 11-story building to displace low-income residents in Kenton

Trena Sutton

Anytime a person is required to give up their domicile can be disconcerting. If they can be informed of the inducements of any potential housing could ease the stress of moving. Such a large development would be intimidating to many (including me) but if the current renters were given assurances to alleviate their doubts would be a step in the right direction. The Development Company gave some assurances and the fact they are getting tax incentives and are now on record helps. I wonder if the media could dig deeper. This is a Goliath undertaking and worth their attention. Taffy, thanks for all you are doing for the folks effected.

On Thu, Jul 15, 2021, 4:43 PM Taffy Everts <taffy@...> wrote:

Trena, the developer’s rep said last night that the project would participate in the N/NE Preference Policy, and will give preference to folks who were displaced from North & NE Portland. But I’ve recently heard that the current tenants aren’t interested in living in the new building: “Nobody here wants to live in a box with no parking and higher rent.”


Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of the proposed floor plans, but the apartments appear to be long, narrow boxes with a floor-to-ceiling window and balcony at one end. I don’t know the square footage.


ßHere’s what the building will look like. FYI, the developer is “Attainable Development LLC.”


Apartments will be accessible to people with disabilities. The architect wasn’t sure they’d be air-conditioned.

Thanks again for all your help!



From: <> On Behalf Of Trena Sutton
Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 3:10 PM
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] 11-story building to displace low-income residents in Kenton


You are probably aware of the N/NE displacement Affordable Housing Program. People that can prove they lost their housing in North and Northeast Portland qualifies. It depends who is going to be the Admin. Home Forward would have this information.




On Wed, Jul 14, 2021, 3:01 PM Taffy Everts <taffy@...> wrote:

I’ve just done a little online research and am not sure tenants displaced by the 11-story building project qualify for reimbursements under the Uniform Relocation Act (URA) because as far as I can tell the developer is a private corporation, not the city or county or a public corporation. However, something called Mandatory Renter Relocation Assistance might apply:


AFAIK, these are 1-time payments, not ongoing support.




From: <> On Behalf Of Joseph Purkey
Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 10:24 AM
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] 11-story building to displace low-income residents in Kenton


Isn't there a similar local requirement when you evict a tenant? Are there two fund sources these current tenants will get to relocate? Also, are the HUD and local funds one time payments that help with moving expenses, or ongoing support to help afford a replacement unit that is more expensive?





On Wed, Jul 14, 2021, 9:59 AM Trena Sutton <thegirlsok@...> wrote:

Perfect, Thanks


On Wed, Jul 14, 2021, 8:08 AM Taffy Everts <taffy@...> wrote:

Thanks for this very helpful information, Eli. I will ask the presenter tonight about the URA if no one else brings it up.




From: <> On Behalf Of Eli Spevak
Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 7:36 AM
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] 11-story building to displace low-income residents in Kenton


The funding package for an affordable housing development of this scale almost certainly triggers HUD's Uniform Relocation Act, which requires that the developer provide financial relocation assistance to displaced residents (or businesses, in the case of commercial relocation).  You could ask the builder if URA applies; I suspect it does.  To understand what those benefits are, look up Uniform Relocation Act online.  Displacement is always a burden, but URA softens it quite a bit.

"Whenever Federal funds are used in a project involving the demolition of real property, a Federal law known as the Unif Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 (URA) generally CDBG funds in a project involving the demolition or convers also trigger another Federal law under Section 104(d) of the acquisition, ..."


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