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
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
Bryn has been on the Board since 2012 and current serves as the Board President. Bryn brings over 20 years of Human Resources experience to her work on the Board including past experience with Employer Assisted Housing programs. Bryn works for Kaiser Permanente NW.
Immediate Past President
Michael Schrader has served on Portland Housing Center’s Board since 2010, most recently serving in the capacity of President. Michael has more than 25 years of experience as an attorney and currently works for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Mike is a public finance attorney with extensive affordable housing, legal, financial, and non-profit expertise.
Camille joined Portland Housing Center’s Board in 2016 and currently serves as Board Secretary. Camille works in the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability for the City of Portland. Camille brings an expertise in Outreach to the Board and has over 7 years of relevant experience.
Aubré Dickson has served on Portland Housing Center’s Board since 2012. Aubré has his MBA and brings over 15 years of experience and leadership in the field of real estate lending and finance to the Board. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors, Aubré is also on Portland Housing Center’s African American Advisory Committee. Aubré works for KeyBank.
Anyeley has been on the Board since 2016. Anyeley has extensive experience in City Planning and Real Estate development, with over 14 years in the field. She brings an important developer perspective to the Board. Anyeley works for Project^.
Kathleen joined the Portland Housing Center board in 2017. She is associate director and editor of Oregon Humanities, the statewide, independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, outreach, digital and print storytelling, and nonprofit management.
Debra Neal joined Portland Housing Center’s Board in 2017. Debra has over 16 years of experience in the Real Estate industry as a Realtor. She is especially dedicated to helping and encouraging first time homebuyers and has been serving on Portland Housing Center’s African American and Realtor Advisory Committees prior to joining the Board. Debra works for Realty Trust Group.
Diana has been on the Board since 2017. Diana has extensive experience in outreach, policy and strategy development that she brings to the Board. She is currently the President of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber.
Jennifer Larsen joined Portland Housing Center’s Board in 2003. With over 20 years of experience as a mortgage lender Jennifer brings a wide range of expertise to the Board including experience in finance, lending, and Employer Assisted Housing. Jennifer works for HomeStreet Bank.
Jessie Domingo Salu
Jessie has been on the Board since 2015. Her background in communication, direct service, community involvement and resource development results in a multifaceted view of working with, and crafting partnerships between nonprofit and community organizations, public agencies and socially responsible businesses. Jessie is the Vice President of The National Crittenton Foundation and has more than 18 years of experience in her field.
Michael Montgomery has served on Portland Housing Center’s Board since 2010. Michael brings over forty years of experience and leadership in the fields of banking, economic development; urban planning; and international development to the Board. He currently serves as Vice President and Oregon/Montana Manger for Community Development with U.S. Bank.
Tia joined Portland Housing Center’s Board in 2017. Tia is currently a Policy Director at the City of Portland with Commissioner Dan Saltzman’s office working on a broad range of City legislative and policy issues. She graduated from Willamette University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Rhetoric and Media Studies with a focus on Political Communication. Prior to working for Commissioner Saltzman she worked as a Committee Assistant at the Legislature, and as a staff assistant at the Boys & Girls Club in Salem, Oregon. Tia is passionate about issues affecting women and children, education, equity, housing and expanding economic opportunities for all Portlanders.
Robert Walker, Jr.
Robert Walker, Jr. has served on Portland Housing Center’s Board since 2005. Robert’s connection to Portland Housing Center runs deep, his mother was a beloved housing counselor at Portland Housing Center and Robert utilized PHC’s services in his own path to homeownership. Robert brings over 20 years of experience and a passion for outreach, advocacy, and customer service to the Board. Robert currently works for the City of Portland.
- 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!
The HomeBuying Specialist position is responsible for preparation of first-time home buyers, navigation of customers through the home buying process, and assisting home buyers in overcoming barriers to home purchase.
This position is full time with benefits. Salary range is $42,000-$48,000 annually. See full job description here.
Please send resume and cover letter to Felicia Tripp at email@example.com. No phone calls please.
The Lending Manager is responsible for the organization’s lending operations of originating and processing brokered first mortgages to finance first time home buyer customers of the organization and to generate fee revenue for operations; originating second mortgages for a safe, sound and profitable mortgage loan portfolio; and refinancing homeowners to improve their affordability. The Lending Manager oversees all the lending activities and performs direct supervisory duties of department staff. The Lending Manager is responsible for providing quality customer service and must communicate clearly and effectively to customers and related parties to solve problems in a timely manner. The Lending Manager continually identifies, develops and maintains a quality network of business relationships as a recurring source of referrals for new mortgage lending opportunities; and meets the established individual and lending goals set by organization. See full job description.
To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Felicia Tripp at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please. Applicant will be responsible for maintaining all licensing and continuing education requirements.