The Housing and Community Services Department may:
Undertake and carry out studies and analyses of housing needs within the state and ways of meeting such needs and make the results of such studies and analyses available to the public, qualified housing sponsors and the private housing sector.
Prepare proposals on measures it considers necessary to address administration, housing programs or community services programs.
With the approval of the Oregon Housing Stability Council, assess fees, charges or interest in connection with housing programs.
Encourage community organizations to assist in initiating housing projects for persons and families of lower income.
Encourage the salvage of usable housing scheduled for demolition or dislocation because of highway, school, urban renewal or other public projects by seeking authority for the public agencies involved in such programs to use the funds provided for the demolition or relocation of such buildings to enable qualified housing sponsors to relocate and rehabilitate such buildings for use by persons and families of lower income.
Encourage research and demonstration projects to develop techniques and methods for increasing the supply of adequate, decent, safe and sanitary housing for persons and families of lower income.
Make or participate in the making of residential loans to qualified individuals or housing sponsors to provide for the acquisition, construction, improvement, rehabilitation or permanent financing of residential housing or housing development; undertake commitments to make residential loans; purchase and sell residential loans at public or private sale; modify or alter such mortgages or loans; foreclose on any such mortgage or security interest or commence any action to protect or enforce any right conferred upon the department by any law, mortgage, security, agreement, contract or other agreement and to bid for and purchase property that is subject to such mortgage or security interest at any foreclosure or other sale; acquire or take possession of any such property and complete, administer, conserve, improve and otherwise use the property to accomplish the department’s purposes, pay the principal and interest on any obligations incurred in connection with such property and dispose of such property in such manner as the department determines necessary to protect its interests under ORS 456.515 (Definitions for ORS 456.515 to 456.725 and ORS chapter 458) to 456.725 (Discrimination against purchaser with children prohibited) and ORS chapter 458.
Contract for, act on or perform any other duties that the department considers necessary or appropriate to carry out housing programs and community services programs, including but not limited to contracting to provide compliance monitoring or other administrative functions with respect to housing developments and affordable housing, whether or not the housing developments or affordable housing receives department funding and whether or not the housing developments or affordable housing is located within this state. For purposes of this subsection, “affordable housing” has the meaning given that term in ORS 456.055 (Definitions for ORS 456.055 to 456.235).
Execute and record written instruments that contain terms, including but not limited to restrictive covenants or equitable servitudes, pertaining to the use and enjoyment of housing projects. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the executed instruments shall constitute and create restrictive covenants affecting and running with the property according to the terms of the instruments when recorded in the records of the county where the property is located. County clerks shall accept the instruments for recording when presented by or on behalf of the department.
With the approval of the Oregon Housing Stability Council, award grants to private or public entities to support or develop programs that build on successful strategies that help individuals obtain and retain housing, including through: