Housing and Community Services Department established
- appointment of director
- duties of Oregon Housing Stability Council and community action partnership
(1)The Housing and Community Services Department is established.
(2)The department shall be under the supervision and control of a director who is responsible for the performance of the duties imposed upon the department. The Governor shall appoint the Director of the Housing and Community Services Department. The director shall hold office at the pleasure of the Governor. The person appointed as director shall be a person who, by training and experience, is well qualified to perform the duties of the office.
(3)The director shall receive such salary as may be provided by law, or, if not so provided, as may be fixed by the Governor. In addition to the salary of the director, the director shall, subject to the limitations otherwise provided by law, be reimbursed for all expenses actually and necessarily incurred by the director in the performance of official duties.
(4)The director may establish department divisions including but not limited to divisions for administration, housing programs and community services programs.
(5)The Oregon Housing Stability Council shall:
(a)With the advice of the director, set policy and approve or disapprove rules and standards for housing programs;
(b)Approve or disapprove loans, grants and other funding award proposals under ORS 456.561 (Loans, grants and funding awards);
(c)Provide policy direction and oversight to the department regarding the department’s financial planning and biennial budget proposal prior to its submittal to the Oregon Department of Administrative Services; and
(d)Carry out the provisions of ORS 456.571 (Powers and duties of council).
(6)The Housing and Community Services Department and the council shall consider advice on housing and community service programs from:
(a)Persons who have experienced housing instability;
(c)The Community Action Partnership of Oregon;
(d)Continuums of care, as defined in 24 C.F.R. part 578;
(g)Homeless services providers;
(h)Culturally specific organizations;
(j)Veterans’ services organizations; and
(k)Other entities identified by the department by rule.
(7)The director shall report regularly to the council to keep the council informed on progress made by the department in carrying out the department’s responsibilities for housing programs.
(8)The department shall administer federal programs with advice from the council. Federal funds for housing stabilization must, to the extent consistent with federal law, be allocated statewide in a manner proportionate to a needs-based and geographically based formula.
(9)The department may adopt rules to carry out the programs that the department is charged with administering, including, but not limited to, rules regarding:
(a)Administration and enforcement.
(b)Criteria for the granting of benefits.
(c)The establishment of fees and charges.
(d)The identification of housing programs and community services programs.
(e)The distinguishing of housing programs from community services programs.
(10)Subject to the approval of the council, the department shall establish by rule one or more threshold property purchase prices above which a housing loan proposed by the department requires council review and approval under ORS 456.561 (Loans, grants and funding awards). In establishing or modifying a threshold property purchase price under this subsection, the department shall consider any maximum acquisition cost set forth in the Internal Revenue Code or federal rules and regulations implementing the code.
(11)Subject to the approval of the council, the department shall establish by rule one or more threshold amounts above which a housing grant or other housing funding award proposal requires council review and approval under ORS 456.561 (Loans, grants and funding awards). [1991 c.739 §2 (enacted in lieu of 456.553); 1995 c.79 §245; 2005 c.74 §3; 2007 c.607 §12; 2009 c.61 §1; 2009 c.64 §2; 2015 c.180 §6; 2021 c.448 §2]
Section 456.555 — Housing and Community Services Department established; appointment of director; duties of Oregon Housing Stability Council and community action partnership; rules; fees,