Residents from Kah San Chako Haws, the affordable housing Stuart designed for NAYA





















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We are over 22,000 units of affordable housing short in Portland already.


Per Metro growth projections, we will need approximately 6800 new housing units per year.


Approximately 40% of the residents will be eligible for affordable housing, residents who are cost burdened (over 30% of income going to pay for housing).


$61,000,000 NOFA was allocated by Portland Housing Bureau, representing the biggest outlay for affordable housing ever. This figure will not happen again in the foreseeable future. 700 units of affordable housing will be built under this NOFA.


Conclusion: We have to get the market to build a lot more affordable housing.



In 2011, during Occupy Portland, I found out that Bank of America* was auctioning off Portlanders' homes on OUR County Courthouse steps. I led a group of about 40 people from Occupy into the Entry area of the Courthouse and started to shout down the auctioneer and disrupt the auction. 'You are auctioning off Portlanders homes', 'Get off our steps', 'this is wrong' we shouted.  As Commissioner, I will have a better ability to reduce the auctioning off of our homes by big banks.


*under the name 'ReconTrust'

This is the B of A auction on the Multnomah County Courthouse steps that Stuart led the protest of in 2011. The auctioneer (center - sitting) was auctioning off houses that were repossessed during the Great Recession by B of A.



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Kah San Chako Haws Oregonian, Oct 11, 2012

Kah San Chako Haws



My experience in affordable housing includes land acquisition, development, design, to construction; both for private developers and non-profits. I also have a deep knowledge of funding sources, regulations (building and zoning codes), the people who develop, fund and build affordable housing, and working with neighborhoods.


I have a long track record as being a consensus builder, who listens and produces solutions that get built.


Please click on images for further information on some of the affordable housing projects I designed and helped develop.

Stuart and Rey EspaƱa with Golden Hammer award for excellence in affordable housing for their Kah San Chako Haws project.

Interstate Crossing

Interstate Zoning

Lewis & Clark Plaza

MLK Gateway

Parthenon Center

Delta House

Affordable Housing

I have worked on affordable housing throughout my career. This unique expertise is what is needed on City Council now.


I am housing unit quantity focused. I am housing unit reduced time delivery focused.


Yes, we will need to make some public investments, but I want to help insure that public money is spent as wisely as possible to maximize units and effectively help solve the challenges.


We have an affordable housing crisis in Portland. Skyrocketing rents have caused displacement, homelessness, school drop-outs and working families not able to afford to live in Portland anymore.



1. Reduce unit cost. The cost of affordable housing units is more than market rate units. I will put a team together of developers, contractors, innovators, economists and community members to find ways to reduce the cost of constructing our affordable housing units. We will learn and implement viable ideas from people who are building units traditionally at lower cost. We will analyze and implement how to reduce unit costs through innovation and efficiencies such as panelization, modular, pre-fab, and repetition. I will work to provide incentives to innovate. If we are going to spend public funds on affordable housing, I want to insure that we are maximizing impact and responsibly spending taxpayer money.


2. Streamline permitting process. A developer told me that it took 10 months to get a public works permit from Novick's PBOT for an affordable housing project. That's outrageous. I have worked with, and have a high familiarity with, the City bureaus related to housing projects. I have seen opportunities to streamline the permitting review process. I will take steps to better coordinate Bureaus and expedite housing projects.


3. Renter's Rights. Pass a renter's rights bill to extend notification periods, address no-cause evictions, give tenants additional rights. I am now a renter, post-recession, and I get the issues in a very personal way. I think we need to figure out a way to (as examples): 1) stop people in old age on fixed incomes getting massive rent increases and eviction notices. 2) address families with school kids from moving their kids out of the neighborhood school because of massive rent increases and eviction notices.


4. Inclusionary Zoning. Get the State to lift the ban and determine a program to get affordable housing into new market-rate housing developments, with potential for trades for bonusing and expediting. This should be negotiated with developers - with the goal to get more affordable housing in private development.


5. Linkage Fee. Compel developers of commercial projects that increase low wage jobs (like hotels) to provide funds that will help house their employees affordably a reasonable distance from the employer.


6. Home Ownership. Increase low income home buyer programs (like NAYA's). Work with the State to implement more down payment assistance.


7. Increase In-fill Housing/ADU's. Provide incentives to get more ADU and infill projects to happen. Coordinate with the County on property tax increases so they are reasonable and do not reduce the construction of ADU's.


8. Housing Levy. I want every nickel of public funds spent wisely to maximize impact and effectively solve the problem. Once we have determined most cost effective way to maximize unit quantity through reduced cost, I would support a responsible housing levy that can be used to purchase land, provide gap funding to allow homeless housing projects to proceed. Seattle passed a Housing Levy in 2009 with good results.


9. Reduce Foreclosures. I will work with partners to put effective pressure on Banks to reduce foreclosures in Portland, and keep more people in their homes. Banks also need to stop abusing the 'Making Home Affordable' program. The goal should be to keep good Portlanders who have had bad things happen to them in their homes. It's a lot less costly for all of us to keep people in their homes.


10. Zoning/Middle Housing/TOD's. The Comp Plan zoning needs to be reviewed to help insure that we have enough density around transit stations for Transit Oriented Developments (TOD's. We should also consider revising zoning to allow more 'Middle Housing' in some neighborhoods.


11. Land Trusts. Work with Proud Ground and other groups to increase land trusts.