Multnomah County manages the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to serve low and moderate income residents of Fairview, Maywood Park, Troutdale, Wood Village, and unincorporated areas of the county. Multnomah County has been stewards of CDBG funding since 1984, close to $20 million formula block grant dollars has been administered back into the communities of Fairview, Troutdale, Wood Village, Maywood Park and unincorporated areas to help our neighborhoods build resiliency. Congress first created the CDBG program as a part of the Housing & Community Development Act of 1974. These grant funds are awarded to cities, urban counties, and states for housing, social services, and community development project. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development administers the program at the national level, but community planning takes place at the local level.
CDBG funded projects must meet one of the three national objectives:
1. Benefit to low- and moderate-income persons
2. Elimination of slums/blight
3. Meet urgent need of the community
Annual Action Plan 2023-2024
30-day Public Comment Review Period has ended. The AAP 2023-24 has been submitted to HUD and approved.
The Multnomah County Annual Action Plan provides information on annual activities to be funded with federal Community Development Block Grant. The Draft 2023-24 Annual Action Plan can be found below for review. Multnomah County manages these funds and awards them to local agencies, nonprofits, and developers to accomplish our shared goals of helping low-income households through the input of various stakeholders, including agencies responsible for carrying out eligible projects and activities, local government representatives, advocacy groups and interested local community members.
Public comments will be accepted from April 19, 2023 to May 19, 2023 until 5pm by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (503)988-7440 or by mail/in person delivery at Five Oak Building- 209 SW 4th Ave, Suite 200 Portland, OR 97204. Please address your comments with title, Annual Action Plan 2023-24.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT FOR FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
Troutdale Affordable Housing Project
To review the Environmental Assessment please click PDF document below:
SHPO Case No. 22-1463
Multnomah County, Home Forward, Troutdale Affordable Housing Project
SW 257th Drive and SW Kendall Ave (1N 3E 25), Troutdale, Multnomah County, OREnvironmental Review Record: Multnomah County is proposing to proceed with Troutdale Affordable housing project funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Metro 2018 regional affordable housing bond. HUD requires our agency to conduct an Environmental Review (ER)/Environmental Assessment (EA) of all proposed projects and to provide a copy of the ER/EA to the public for review.
Background: Troutdale is known for good schools, parks and jobs, but it is lacking in one area: affordable housing. Home Forward plans to improve this situation by developing affordable apartments spread across three L-shaped buildings with units ranging in size from studio to three bedrooms. More than half of the apartments will be dedicated to families at full occupancy. As of February 2022, work is underway to design this affordable apartments at a vacant site of 3.58 acres provided by Multnomah County in the historic old town area of Troutdale, adjacent to SW 257th Drive. The County originally purchased the land in 2017 for $1.25 million as a potential site for a new Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office headquarters. But since then, the property no longer reflects the Sheriff’s Office’s priorities and better aligns with the County’s goal to expand affordable housing. Metro’s 2018 regional affordable housing bond funds are providing the financial base for this project.
Project Description: The property is currently owned by Multnomah County and an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) was executed on Feb 10th, 2021, which stipulates that at financial closing the title will be transferred from Multnomah County to Home Forward for the purpose of building affordable housing. Home Forward intends to develop the proposed project parcel into a three-building affordable housing complex with a total of eighty-five (85) units. Approximately 10 units would be studios, 32 units would be one-bedroom apartments, 31 units would be two-bedroom apartments, and 12 units would be three bedroom apartments.
Building A would have twenty-three (23) units composed of 13 one-bedroom, 7 two-bedroom, and 3 three-bedroom units and Building B would have thirty-six (36) units composed of 4 studio, 14 one bedroom,12 two-bedroom, and 6 three-bedroom units. Building C would have twenty-six (26) units composed of 6 studio, 5 one-bedroom, 12 two-bedroom, and 3 three-bedroom units. The proposed project will include a total of forty-two (42) single units and forty-three (43) family units. All units at the Troutdale Apartments would be reserved for families and individuals earning at or below 60% of the area mean income (AMI). The layout of the complex includes two courtyards/play areas. Each of these are protected from traffic noise from SW 257th Drive by the residential structures. The play area near Building A will have nature inspired area with artificial turf and an activity area for children.
Location: The site, which occupies tax lots 2501, 2502, and 2601, is bounded by 257th on the west, SW Kendall to the east, SW 2nd to the south, and adjacent buildings to the north. The project site was never known to have a formal address.
Notices and Hearing: A public notice will be posted in the Gresham Outlook newspaper on July 21, 2023 to solicit public comment from community members about this project. The public comment period will be held from July 21, 2023 through 5:00 P.M. on August 7, 2023. Community members may submit written comments to Fanny Rodriguez- Adams, Program Specialist Senior, Multnomah County Dept. of Human Services, 209 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 200, Portland, OR 97204 or by email at email@example.com.
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
July 21, 2023
Multnomah County, Department of County Human Services
209 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 200
Portland, OR 97204
This Notice shall satisfy the above-cited two separate but related procedural notification requirements for activities to be undertaken by Multnomah County.
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
On or about August 8, 2023 the County of Multnomah will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of federal funds. The combined County investment of federal funding is approximately $10,000,000.00 that would be acquired through HUD Program grants. Approximately $3,000,000 would be obtained from the HUD Community Project Funding grant (Grant Number B-23-CP-OR-1232), approximately $4,000,000 would be obtained from the OHCS National Housing Trust Fund (HTF), and approximately $3,000,000 would be obtained from the Home Forward Moving to Work (MTW) Cap Grant Funds. These funds would be used to undertake a project known as the Troutdale Apartments for the purpose of providing affordable housing.
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
Acting as the Responsible Entity (RE), the Multnomah County Department of County Human Services, has determined that the project would have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at the Multnomah County Department of County Human Services, located at 209 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 200, Portland, OR 97204. The ERR may be examined or copied weekdays 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. at either office.
Any individual, group or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to Fanny Rodriguez- Adams, Program Specialist Senior, Multnomah County Dept. of Human Services, 209 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 200, Portland, OR 97204 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. All Comments received by 5:00 P.M. on August 7, 2023 will be considered by the County of Multnomah prior to their submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.
The County of Multnomah certifies to the U.S. HUD that Peggy Samolinski in her capacity as Division Director for the Multnomah County Dept. of Human Services, in her capacity as NEPA Certifying Officer for the respective jurisdictions, consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the County of Multnomah and to use Program funds.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
U.S. HUD Office will accept objections to the Responsible Entity’s Request for Release of Funds and Environmental Certification for a period of fifteen days following the submission date specified above or the actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer or other officer of the County of Multnomah approved by the U.S. HUD; (b) the RE has omitted a step or failed to make a determination or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 or by CEQ regulations at 40 CFR 1500- 1508, as applicable; (c) the RE has omitted one or more steps in the preparation, completion or publication of the Environmental Assessment or Environmental impact Study per 24 CFR Subparts E, F, or G of Part 58, as applicable; (d) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process has committed funds for or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR part 58 before release of funds and approval of the environmental certification; (e) another Federal, State, or local agency has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Section 58.75) and shall be addressed to Environmental Officer, Brian Sturdivant, at The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Oregon State Office, Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Office Building, 1220 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 400, Portland, OR 97204-2830. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS
AND WORKSHOP NOTICE
The City of Gresham & Multnomah County will hold an APPLICATION WORKSHOP for sponsors seeking funds for potential housing and community
development projects in Fiscal Year 2023-2024.
The workshop will be held remotely via Zoom:
Thursday, January 12, 2023
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Link: https://tinyurl.com/AppWorkshop23
Phone Access: 253-215-8782
Meeting ID: 840 8256 5894
The City of Gresham expects that Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME); Multnomah County expects to have CDBG funds available for infrastructure projects. The primary goals of the programs are to enhance viable communities, make public facilities
improvements, assist with the rehabilitation and development of appropriate affordable housing, economic development, assist first-time homebuyers and provide limited funds for public services. Workshop topics will include estimated availability of funds, the application and selection process and application criteria. Application packets, criteria and schedules will be available via email. The City of Gresham pre-application is due January 27, 2023 at 5:00pm; applications are due February 17, 2023 by midnight. Multnomah County applications are due at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2023. Funding will be available after July 1, 2023. Translation services & sign language interpretation are available with 48-hour notice.
2022 Notice of CDBG Community Needs Virtual Hearing
The Portland Consortium, which includes the City of Gresham, City of Portland, and Multnomah County, is beginning its
Annual Action Plan process for FY 2023-24. The 2023-24 Action Plan is the third of five Action Plans in the 2021-25 five-
year Consolidated Plan. The process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing and
community development priorities that align and focus funding from the federal Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD)’s formula block grant programs, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment
Partnerships (HOME), HOME Investment Partnerships American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP), Emergency Solutions
Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), to address ascertained community needs.
The purpose of these hearings is to collect community feedback regarding the housing, infrastructure, economic and
social service needs of area residents and prioritize those needs during the preparation of the consortium partners’ 2023-
24 Action Plans. The Gresham & Multnomah County hearing will be held remotely via Zoom and the Portland hearing will
be hybrid, with opportunities to attend remotely or in-person. For each jurisdiction, call or review website for instructions
regarding public testimony, meeting times, website registration and phone information. The two upcoming opportunities to
attend a public hearing in your community and give your feedback are:
City of Gresham & Multnomah County Community Needs Hearing
Nov 16, 2022, 5:30 P.M.–7:00 P.M. via Zoom
To register online please fill out this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XNK7KW7
The City of Gresham and Multnomah County are committed to providing meaningful access. To request translation,
interpretation, modifications, accommodations, or other auxiliary aids or services, call 503-618-2814 or email
Rachel.Nehse@GreshamOregon.gov three days prior to the meeting.
For additional information on the Consolidated Plan process or the Gresham & Multnomah County community hearing
contact Rachel.Nehse@GreshamOregon.gov (Gresham) and email@example.com (Multnomah County)
To provide online comments please fill out this form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/APcomments2022
The Portland Consortium consisting of the City of Gresham, City of Portland and Multnomah County is required every five years to produce a plan called the Consolidated Plan. The Plan also includes the fiscal year 2021-22 Annual Action Plans for members of the Consortium. The Action Plan provides details on how the recipients of the federal funds intend to allocate the funding that is received annually.
The Con Plan also serves as the federal application for four federal programs run by the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOPWA. The current plan covering FY 2021-25 provides an assessment of community needs, a market analysis and based on that includes draft program goals, priorities and strategies to address the community needs. We request the community at large to review the Con Plan draft and provide us feedback. For ease of review, we have split the document into four relevant sections:
Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
The CAPER reports on expenditures, accomplishments, and progress made on the strategies and goals outlined in the 2021-25 Consolidated Plan and the projects and activities detailed in the 2021 Action Plan. The CAPER outlines progress in achieving the affordable housing, ending homelessness, and community development goals using the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The 2021 CAPER is the last evaluation report tied to the aforementioned Consolidated Plan. The CAPER is submitted to HUD annually. Multnomah County's 2021 CAPER was approved by HUD on November 29th, 2022.
Please reach out if you would like additional information on the reports or notices or have questions about upcoming community hearings by reaching out to 503-988-7440 or firstname.lastname@example.org