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Plus, city bureaus turn in budget wish lists and PBOT awards community grants for 11 projects.

The Portland Housing Bureau announced Thursday that it will be accepting applications for two new affordable housing projects from Feb. 8 through Feb. 22.

Preference will be given to those who have been displaced or who are at risk of displacement in North and Northeast Portland. The coming projects are the Charlotte B. Rutherford Place and the Beatrice Morrow. Both are being built as part of Portland's N/NE Neighborhood Housing Strategy.

Applications can be filled out online at portlandoregon.gov/phb/preference. For assistance, call 503-823-4147 or email: [email protected]

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Bureaus turn in budget wish lists

City bureaus finished submitting their requests for next year's budgets to Mayor Ted Wheeler on Jan 29.

The submissions included a proposed 5 percent cut to comply with Wheeler's directive to help the City Council address a projected budget deficit that takes effect July 1.

The Portland Police Bureau was among those requesting additional money. It is seeking $1.7 million in one-time funds to move its Central Precinct from the ground floor of the downtown Justice Center to the Jerome F. Sears U.S. Army Reserve Center on Southwest Multnomah Boulevard. The federal government gave the city the unused armory several years ago for an emergency response center.

Wheeler is expected to submit his proposed budget for the next fiscal year in April. The final version must be approved by the council in June.

Community grants awarded

The Portland Bureau of Transportation announced Thursday that it will fund 11 projects totaling $100,000 through its Streets Community Grant Program. It was established to support community-driven projects focused on transportation safety, equity, innovation and placemaking.

The projects range from trail maintenance in Southwest Portland to encouraging pedestrian and bicycle access to six greenspaces in the Cully neighborhood.

"I am gratified that we are able to help these communities realize their visions for safer and more attractive streets," PBOT Director Leah Treat said of the grants.

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