Audit: Affordable housing bond spending off to good start
An audit released Wednesday shows how the City of Portland is addressing the affordable housing crisis.
The city is trying to help ease the housing crisis by building more affordable units — an effort that started several years ago.
In 2016, voters gave the green light to a housing bond measure, which allowed the city to borrow more than $250 million to invest in affordable housing. The goal was to build or buy 1,300 housing units.
According to the City Auditor's Office, the Portland Housing Bureau is off to a good start. However, there is room for improvement.
The audit says there needs to be more attention to veterans, seniors and those with disabilities. It also recommends the bureau could keep more concise records on property purchases and must develop new ways to make sure privately-owned bond projects serve the people they're intended to help.
You can read the audit here.
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