2017 ORS 456.120¹
Powers of housing authority as public corporation

A housing authority shall constitute a public body corporate and politic, exercising public and essential governmental functions, and having all the powers necessary or convenient to carry out and effectuate the purposes of the Housing Authorities Law. These powers shall be vested in the commissioners of the authority and shall include the following in addition to others granted in the Housing Authorities Law:

(1) To sue and be sued.

(2) To have a seal and to alter the same at pleasure.

(3) To have perpetual succession.

(4) To make and execute contracts and other instruments necessary or convenient to the exercise of the powers of the authority.

(5) To make and from time to time amend and repeal bylaws, rules and regulations, not inconsistent with the Housing Authorities Law, to carry into effect the powers and purposes of the authority.

(6) To arrange or contract for the furnishing by any person or agency, public or private, of services, privileges, works or facilities for, or in connection with, a housing project or the occupants thereof.

(7) Notwithstanding any laws to the contrary, to include in any contract let in connection with a project, stipulations requiring that the contractor and any subcontractors comply with requirements as to minimum wages and maximum hours of labor, and comply with any conditions which the federal government attaches to its financial aid of the project.

(8) To lease or rent any housing, lands, buildings, structures or facilities embraced in any housing project and, subject to the limitations of the Housing Authorities Law, to establish and revise the rents or charges therefor.

(9) To own, hold and improve real or personal property.

(10) To purchase, buy on contract, exchange, lease, lease back, obtain options upon, acquire by gift, grant, bequest, devise or otherwise any real or personal property or any interest therein and to give its mortgage or trust deed covering any real property or security agreement covering any personal property or any interest in either.

(11) To sell, mortgage, lease, rent, exchange, transfer, assign, pledge or otherwise dispose of any real or personal property or any interest therein.

(12) To insure or provide for the insurance of any real or personal property or operations of the authority against any risks or hazards.

(13) To procure insurance or guarantees from the federal government of the payment of any debts or parts thereof, whether or not incurred by said authority, secured by mortgages on any property included in any of its housing projects.

(14) To invest any funds held in reserves or sinking funds, or any funds not required for immediate disbursement, in property or any investment in which an Oregon city may legally invest surplus funds, and, in addition, to invest bond proceeds and amounts held in bond payment, reserve and proceeds accounts in investment agreements that:

(a) Produce a guaranteed rate of return;

(b) Are fully collateralized by direct obligations of, or obligations guaranteed by, the United States; and

(c) Require that the collateral be held by the authority, an agent of the authority or a third-party safekeeping agent.

(15) To purchase its bonds at a price not more than the principal amount thereof and accrued interest, all bonds so purchased to be canceled.

(16) To exercise all or any part or combination of powers granted in the Housing Authorities Law.

(17) To borrow money pursuant to ORS 456.055 (General definitions for ORS 456.055 to 456.235) to 456.235 (Dissolution of housing authorities) or as otherwise allowed and accept advances, loans or grants or any other form of financial assistance or any combination of these forms of assistance from the federal government, state, county or other public body, or from any sources, public or private, for the purpose of undertaking and carrying out housing projects.

(18) To enter in a partnership agreement with or loan money to an individual, partnership, corporation or other association to finance, plan, undertake, construct, acquire, manage or operate a housing project.

(19) To finance, develop, own, operate or manage a mixed income housing project that meets the following requirements:

(a) No fewer than 20 percent of the units in the project so financed shall be rented to households with incomes of 50 percent or less of area median income;

(b) No fewer than 40 percent of the units in the project so financed shall be rented to households with incomes of 60 percent or less of area median income; or

(c) The minimum requirements imposed by any federal tax law that is applicable to the project.

(20) To form, finance and have a nonstock interest in, and to manage or operate, partnerships, nonprofit corporations and limited liability companies in order to further the purposes of the housing authority. [Amended by 1987 c.821 §2; 1989 c.874 §3; 1991 c.600 §1; 1995 c.79 §237; 1995 c.445 §6; 1995 c.483 §2; 2007 c.606 §8]

Notes of Decisions

Housing Authorities Law and ORS chapter 457, governing crea­tion of urban renewal agencies, are parallel statutory schemes, and thus identical pro­vi­sions in the two acts will be given same effect. Housing Authority of Lane County v. Board of Commissioners, 35 Or App 785, 582 P2d 844 (1978), Sup Ct review denied

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 456—Housing, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors456.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 456, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano456.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.