ORS 458.625¹
Disbursement of account investment revenues in Housing Development and Guarantee Account
  • grant and loan preferences
  • revenue retention

(1) The Housing and Community Services Department may disburse the revenue earned from investment of the principal in the Housing Development and Guarantee Account to expand this state’s supply of housing for low and very low income families and individuals, including, but not limited to, housing for persons over 65 years of age, persons with disabilities, farmworkers and Native Americans. The State Housing Council shall have a policy that provides for distribution by the department of account investment revenue disbursements statewide while concentrating account investment revenue disbursements in those areas of the state with the greatest need for low and very low income housing, as determined by the council.

(2) The department may disburse account investment revenue, in the form of grants or loans as determined by the department, for any or all of the following purposes:

(a) To organizations as defined in ORS 458.610 (Definitions for ORS 458.600 to 458.655) and to for-profit business entities to construct new housing or to acquire or rehabilitate existing structures, or both, for housing for persons of low or very low income, or both;

(b) To provide nonprofit organizations, as set forth in ORS 458.210 (Community development corporations) to 458.240 (Effect of law on other community development corporations), technical assistance or predevelopment costs, or both. Predevelopment costs include, but are not limited to, site acquisition, architectural services and project consultants. Predevelopment costs do not include costs described in paragraph (c) of this subsection;

(c) For costs to develop nonprofit organizations that show sufficient evidence of having strong community support and a strong likelihood of producing low or very low income housing. Account investment revenue may not be used by an organization for its general operations;

(d) To match public and private moneys available from other sources for purposes of production of low or very low income housing; or

(e) For purposes of administration of the account, not to exceed five percent of the account investment revenue.

(3) The department shall give preference in making grants or loans to those entities that the department determines will:

(a) Provide the greatest number of low and very low income housing units constructed, acquired or rehabilitated for the amount of account investment revenue expended by matching account investment revenue with other grant, loan or eligible in-kind contributions;

(b) Ensure the longest use for the units as low or very low income housing units; or

(c) Include social services to occupants of the proposed housing, including but not limited to, programs that address home health care, mental health care, alcohol and drug treatment and post-treatment care, child care and case management.

(4) Account investment revenue derived in any calendar year may be used to construct, acquire or rehabilitate housing for low and very low income persons but not more than 25 percent of the account investment revenue derived in any calendar year may be used to construct, acquire or rehabilitate housing for low income households. Account investment revenue not disbursed by the department as grants or loans to construct, acquire or rehabilitate low or very low income housing may be retained and credited as account principal.

(5) Loans disbursed from account investment revenue shall bear an interest rate equal to the interest rate paid on United States Treasury long-term obligations as identified by the department. [1991 c.740 §5; 1999 c.283 §1; 2003 c.743 §5; 2007 c.70 §267]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 458—Housing and Community Services Programs; Individual Development Accounts, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors458.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
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