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Oregon State Housing Council Policy
WHEREAS, pursuant to ORS 456.555(5)(a)(b)(c)*, the State Housing Council (the "Council") shall, with the advice of the Director of the Housing and Community Services Department (the "Director"), set policy and approve or disapprove rules and standards for housing programs; approve or disapprove loans, grants and other funding award proposals; and carry out the provisions of ORS 456.571; and,
 
WHEREAS, pursuant to ORS 456.571(1)*, the Council shall, with the advice of the Director of Oregon Housing and Community Services, develop policies to aid in stimulating and increasing the supply of housing for persons and families of lower income, as defined in ORS 458.610(3); and,
 
WHEREAS, pursuant to ORS 456.561*, the Council shall review (2)(a) A housing loan on property that has a purchase price in excess of an applicable threshold property purchase price established by rule under ORS 456.555(9); (b) A housing grant or other housing funding award in excess of an applicable threshold amount established by rule under ORS 456.555(10); and (3) approve or disapprove the loan, grant, or other funding award proposal; and
 
WHEREAS, pursuant to ORS 458.625(1)*, the Council shall establish a policy for distributing funds by the Department of the Housing Development and Guarantee Account, in accordance with said statutes, to assist persons of low- and very-low-income, as defined in ORS 458.610(3)(7)*; and individuals, including but not limited to, housing for persons over 65 years of age, persons with disabilities, farmworkers and Native Americans; and
 
WHEREAS, pursuant to ORS 458.650(1)*, the Council shall establish a policy for giving grants of the Emergency Housing Account, in accordance with said statutes, to assist homeless persons and those persons who are at risk of becoming homeless of low- and very-low-income, as defined in ORS 458.610(3)(7)*, including but not limited to persons more than 65 years age, persons with disabilities, farmworkers and Native Americans, as defined in ORS 458.650(2)*; and
 
WHEREAS, pursuant to ORS 458.655(1)*, the Council shall establish a policy for distributing funds of the Home Ownership Assistance Account to expand the state’s supply of homeownership housing for low- and very-low-income families and individuals, including but not limited to, housing for persons over 65 years of age, persons with disabilities, minorities and farmworkers. And pursuant to ORS 458.655(3)*, the Council shall establish a policy for disbursing grants to aid low-income homeownership programs, including program administration, in purchasing land, providing assistance with down payment costs, or providing homeownership training and qualification services, or any combination thereof; and
 
WHEREAS, the Council recognizes the need to develop affordable housing policy which provides a comprehensive plan for the success of a proposed housing project as well as to the individuals or families who occupy said project, and
 
WHEREAS, the Council has adopted the following mission statement:  "To provide leadership in, and review and set policy for, the development and financing of affordable housing throughout the State of Oregon.”
 
NOW THEREFORE, the State Housing Council adopts the following policy:
 
All things within the scope of the Council's statutory authority and projects submitted to the State Housing Council for approval, shall be reviewed in light of, but not limited to, the following areas: i) Financing and Need; ii) Integrated and Quality Development; iii) Property Management; iv) Long Term Program/Services Scope and Management; v) Capacity Building; and vi) Council adopted plans and policies that target state and federal resources in support of moderate- and low-income Oregonians.
 
The State Council, with the advice and assistance of the Director, will design specific criteria for project approval, in accordance with the above referenced statutes. The criteria will be reviewed on an annual basis by the State Housing Council at the Council's Fall retreat, or as otherwise designated by the chair of the Council. 
   
Updated May 11, 2010
*The Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) mentioned are externally-linked below to the State of Oregon ORS website (for your reference):
ORS 456 - http://landru.leg.state.or.us/ors/456.html
ORS 458 - http://landru.leg.state.or.us/ors/458.html
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