At the Portland Housing Center, we believe everyone deserves access to homeownership. We make it possible through quality home buyer education, one-on-one guidance, financial services, and a variety of other resources to make homeownership a reality for Portland-area residents.
We’ve helped more than 7,000 families become successful, financially secure homeowners. We prepare you for the challenges, and guide you throughout the home-buying process. We offer mortgages with fixed interest rates, low down payments, and assistance with down payment and closing costs.
What We Do
Everyone deserves access to homeownership. Portland Housing Center makes it possible through quality education, counseling, and financial services.
Portland Housing Center is your trusted resource no matter where you are at in the homebuying process. When you register we’ll help you determine what services you need to become a successful homebuyer and connect you with one on one counseling, financial management and homebuyer classes, and financial products that can help you become successful. We make it easy by recommending your first step and giving you access to schedule your first service online immediately after you register.
We also offer first mortgages with low down payments, down payment and closing cost assistance, and access to savings matching programs.
Portland Housing Center also provides a variety of in-house services and resources, and helps our customers assemble a team of seasoned, engaged professional partners, including home inspectors and Realtors™.
Portland Housing Center is a nonprofit organization founded in 1991 with support from the City of Portland, some local banks, and concerned citizens.
We were founded to ensure all Portland residents had equal access to information and resources to achieve homeownership. We specialize in providing each of our home buyers with education, counseling, financial resources, and other home-buying support.
HomeOwner Basics Team:
Niki GillespieProgram Assistant - Portland Office
Maria RomeroProgram Assistant - Beaverton Office
Ira BaileyHomeBuying Specialist
In 2012 Ira joined Portland Housing Center as a HomeBuying Specialist. Prior to joining Portland Housing Center Ira has worked in property management for subsidized housing as well as for a leading credit reporting agency as a client specialist. Ira has a degree in Business Administration.
Humberto CarlosBi-Lingual HomeBuying Specialist
Katie BovitzIDA Program Administrator
Katie joined Portland Housing Center in 2014 as our IDA Program Administrator. Katie has a Master of Science in Development Economics from Ohio State University, with a specialization in microfinance. Katie spent 8 years working in the community development field in the US, Guatemala, South Africa, and Columbia prior to settling in Portland.
Jackie ButtsHomeOwnership Program Manager
Jackie joined Portland Housing Center as the Homeonwership Program Manager in 2014. Jackie came to Portland Housing Center with more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. She has worked as a bank branch manager, licensed investment representative, and still holds her Life and Health Insurance and loan originator licenses.
Shalonda MenefeeHomeBuying Specialist
Heidi MartinNMLS #282008
Heidi joined Portland Housing Center as our Loan Officer in 2011. Heidi has more than 20 years of experience in the mortgage industry and has worked in processing, funding, and underwriting in addition to her work as a Loan Officer. Prior to working for Portland Housing Center, Heidi worked for both Portland Development Commission and the Portland Housing Bureau.
Rolly BrighamLoan Processor
Rolly Brigham joined Portland Housing Center in 2016 bringing with her over 25 years of work experience from the banking industry. She worked in many areas including residential mortgage lending implementing first time homebuyer programs, and sponsoring and organizing homeownership fairs to reach underserved and low-income communities. She was a founding member of the Asian and Pacific Islander Community Improvement Association (APICIA) in 1999, an organization helping limited-English speaking communities access homebuyer information and become informed homebuyers. Rolly has a Bachelor degree major in Banking and Finance.
Peg MalloyExecutive Director
Felicia TrippDeputy Director
Sarah Forsythe-InsleyData Management and Communications Specialist
Terry ItamiLoan Servicing Administrator
Terry joined Portland Housing Center in 2012 as our new Loan Processor, in 2014 she transitioned to Loan Servicing Administrator and a Loan Officer in our Vancouver Office. Terry has more than 20 years of experience in the mortgage industry including as a Loan Officer, Underwriter, and Processor. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and going to Hockey games.
Board of Directors
Human Resources Director Providence Health & Services
Portland Development Commission
Affinity Lending Manager
Randall Children’s Hospital
Northwest Evaluation Association
Living Room Realtors
City of Portland
Development Equities & Advisories, LLC
The National Crittenton Foundation
- Albina Bank
- Bank of America
- HomeStreet Bank
- Fidelity National Bank
- J.P. Morgan Chase Bank
- OnPoint Credit Union
- PMAR/Home Foundation
- Summit Mortgage
- Umpqua Bank
- US Bank
- Meyer Memorial Trust
- City of Portland
- HomeFree USA (HUD Counseling)
- NeighborWorks America
- Portland Housing Bureau
- Oregon Housing and Community Services
Phone: (503) 282-7744
Hours: 9 am-5pm, Monday to Friday
Portland Housing Center
3233 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232
Portland Housing Center
4900 SW Griffith Dr, Suite 123
Beaverton, OR 97005
Here’s a map of our Beaverton location.
lending services by appointment only
2306 NE Andresen Road
Vancouver, WA 98661
In the SHARE building.
Here’s a map of our Vancouver location.
Affiliations & Certifications
APANO is an all-volunteer organization dedicated toPan-Asian civic involvement and leadership development.
An organization of business and professional leaders with the objective of service in the community, the workplace, and the world.
A networking and information resource for businesses in Hillsboro.
A non-profit organization that works with all community members to further the economic advancement of Hispanic-owned businesses in Oregon and SW Washington.
A HUD-approved, not-for-profit advocacy and homeownership organization that provides HUD counseling funding to its 80 affiliates.
IRCO is a non-profit organization promoting the integration of refugees and immigrants and a self-sufficient, healthy, and inclusive multiethnic society.
A national network of more than 230 community development and affordable housing organizations.
This non-profit, non-partisan organization focuses on reducing poverty and discrimination, and improving opportunities for Hispanics.
NNWA is a national advocacy association for NeighborWorks Network members.
This statewide association supports and promotes affordable housing and community development.
A non-profit membership organization promoting entrepreneurship in the Filipino-American community.
This local chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers® is comprised of African-American real estate industry professionals.
A non-profit, community-based organization that helps empower African-Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, and economic security through a combination of direct services, outreach, and advocacy.
Portland Housing Center Certifications and Licenses
- Community Development Financial Institution, U.S. Department of Treasury
- FHA Title II Approved Lender
- HUD-Certified Housing Counseling Agency
- HUD-approved provider of 2nd mortgage financing
- NeighborWorks America Full-Cycle Lending
- Oregon Mortgage Broker
- Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS)
At Portland Housing Center, we do everything we can to help families buy their own homes, and our staff is vital to this work. We’re proud to say that the Portland Housing Center has one of the most racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse housing organizations in the region.
Our staff enjoys working here, too. In fact, Oregon Business magazine ranked the Portland Housing Center in 2009 as one of the “100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon.”
Portland Housing Center is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability (in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) with respect to employment opportunities.
Come join us!
There are no open positions at this time.