Agencies & Resources
Here you’ll find a broad selection of resources for homeowners and renters provided by community and non-profit agencies (local, statewide, and federal).
Portland Housing Center Partners
At the Portland Housing Center, we provide our customers access to a local community of Realtors™, lenders, home inspectors, escrow officers, and other highly qualified housing professionals experienced in meeting the needs of first-time homebuyers. Click here for the Portland Housing Center Partner List.
The Portland Housing Center encourages our customers to choose professionals and mortgage financing that meets their needs and is in their best interests. The Portland Housing Center does not direct or restrict buyers to a particular lender, partner, or loan product, and buyers are under no obligation to utilize Portland Housing Center mortgage financing products, or those of any Portland Housing Center partner.
Looking for additional home buying resources? Check out our friends at HOWNW.com for information on additional programs. The Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors® sponsors this site.
Looking for quality education and resources outside the Portland Metro area? Visit www.homesmartoregon.org to connect to education and resources anywhere in the State of Oregon.
Rental Information Resources
Please contact one of the following organizations if you need help securing rental housing, or are facing challenges with your current rental housing.
Housing Connections: Offers an Affordable Housing Locator for the Portland metro region. Phone 211 in Portland or (503) 802-8333 in other parts of Oregon.
Community Alliance of Tenants: A renters’ advocacy organization. Call the Renter’s Rights Hotline at (503) 288-0130.
The Oregon Law Center:The OLC may be able to assist renters with legal issues related to housing. Phone (503) 295-2760.
Need help finding help? Go to http://www.211info.org/, or call (800) 723-3638, for a one-stop source of information about community services in the Portland metro area, including referrals to shelters and low-cost, transitional or permanent housing.
Ready to Rent©: If you are interested in purchasing the Ready to Rent© curriculum, please email Raina Evans.
These agencies and organizations do not provide legal or financial assistance for homeowners seeking to avoid foreclosure. They do, however, provide useful counseling, education, and referral services.
Hacienda CDC: This community development corporation provides HUD-certified, bilingual (English/Spanish) foreclosure prevention counseling. Phone: (503) 595-2111
Open Door Counseling Center: A non-profit, HUD-certified, bilingual (English/Spanish) foreclosure prevention and loss mitigation counseling provider located in Hillsboro. They provide classes and online webinars to help homeowners resolve delinquency and prevent foreclosure. Phone (503) 640-6689
Foreclosure Help: The Oregon Departments of Consumer and Business Services and Justice, and Oregon Housing and Community Services provide information and resources on this website to help homeowners prevent foreclosure, avoid scams, and better understand the foreclosure process.
www.211info.org: This free services provides counselors who can help homeowners facing foreclosure understand their options. Call (800)723-3638 (or simply 211 in the Portland metro area).
Making Home Affordable: A U.S. Treasury and HUD website that allows homeowners to verify whether they qualify for either of two new government programs for homeowners wanting to avoid foreclosure.
Foreclosurehelp.oregon.gov: Website created by the State of Oregon’s Department of Consumer and Business Services. Provides valuable information and resources on the foreclosure process and laws in Oregon.
Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative: Offering several statewide foreclosure prevention programs. Check out the website for full program details and eligibility information.
Foreclosure Fraud Prevention
As the number of foreclosures has increased, so has the number of scams targeting homeowners in need of help. We urge homeowners to avoid counselors who charge an up-front fee, and encourage them to check the counselor’s credentials. The Federal Reserve Board of Governors has released an excellent list of suggestions and resources to help consumers avoid becoming victimized by foreclosure scams, locate a reputable housing counselor, and report suspicious activity.
The Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services also provides information to help homeowners avoid foreclosure-related frauds, and how to report suspected cases of fraud to the Oregon Attorney General. (Tenga mucho cuidado con ofertas que ofrecen ayuda para evitar el embargo de su casa está disponible aquí.)
Energy Trust of Oregon – Get energy saving tips and information on energy saving programs available to customers of PGE, NW Natural, and Pacific Power.
State of Oregon Construction Contractors Board – Search for licensed contractors and find tips and information on working with contractors.
Metro – Find information on garbage and reclycling as well as tips for sustainable living.