2017 ORS 456.559¹
Powers and duties of department

(1) The Housing and Community Services Department shall:

(a) Maintain current housing data and information concerning available programs, status of funding, programs planned or undertaken which might conflict with, overlap, duplicate or supersede other planned or existing programs and call these to the attention of appropriate state agencies, governmental bodies and public or private housing sponsors.

(b) Maintain current data from local, state and federal sources concerning publicly supported housing as that term is defined in ORS 456.250 (Definitions for ORS 456.250 to 456.265), the status of existing affordability restrictions as that term is defined in ORS 456.250 (Definitions for ORS 456.250 to 456.265) and rental assistance contracts at publicly supported housing.

(c) Provide to appropriate state agencies, governmental bodies and public or private housing sponsors such advisory and educational services as will assist them in the development of housing plans and projects.

(d) Subject to the approval of the Oregon Housing Stability Council, make noninterest bearing advances, in accordance with ORS 456.710 (Payment of advances) and the policies of the department, to qualified nonprofit sponsors for development costs of housing projects until mortgage funds are released to repay the advances as provided in ORS 456.710 (Payment of advances).

(e) Advise and assist appropriate state agencies, governmental bodies and public or private housing sponsors, cities and counties, in all programs and activities which are designed or might tend to fulfill the purposes of ORS 456.548 (Definitions for ORS 456.548 to 456.725) to 456.725 (Discrimination against purchaser with children prohibited) and ORS chapter 458.

(f) Encourage and assist in the planning, development, construction, rehabilitation and conservation of dwelling units for persons and families of lower income.

(g) Be the central state department to apply for, receive and distribute, on behalf of appropriate state agencies, governmental bodies and public or private housing sponsors in the state, grants, gifts, contributions, loans, credits or assistance from the federal government or any other source for housing programs except when the donor, grantor, or lender of such funds specifically directs some other agency to administer them. Moneys received under this section shall be deposited with the State Treasurer in an account separate and distinct from the General Fund. Interest earned by the account shall be credited to the account.

(h) For the purposes of acquiring moneys, credits or other assistance from any agency or instrumentality of the United States or from any public corporation chartered by the United States, comply with any applicable agreements or restrictions for the receipt of such assistance and become a member of any such association or public corporation chartered by the United States.

(i) Assist individuals, appropriate state agencies, governmental bodies and public or private housing sponsors through a program which provides housing information, planning, educational services and technical assistance.

(j) Comply with the requirements of ORS 443.225 (Location and capacity of domiciliary care facilities) in assisting in the development of any housing for residential care, training or treatment for persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities or mental or emotional disturbances.

(2) Except as otherwise provided in ORS 456.255 (Legislative findings) to 456.265 (Sanctions against withdrawing property owner prohibited), 456.625 (Powers of department) (7) and 458.480 (Definitions) to 458.490 (Local Innovation and Fast Track Housing Program Fund), the department may not itself develop, construct, rehabilitate or conserve housing units; and neither the department nor any housing sponsor, including but not limited to any association, corporation, cooperative housing authority or urban renewal agency organized to provide housing and other facilities under ORS 456.548 (Definitions for ORS 456.548 to 456.725) to 456.725 (Discrimination against purchaser with children prohibited), may own, acquire, construct, purchase, lease, operate or maintain utility facilities, including facilities for the generation of electricity, for the distribution of gas and electricity, and for the conveyance of telephone and telegraph messages.

(3) In accordance with the provisions of this section and with the advice of the council, the department shall establish statewide priorities for housing programs. State agencies shall coordinate their housing programs with the department. All state agencies intending to apply for federal funds for use in planning, developing or managing housing, or rendering assistance to governmental bodies or sponsors or individuals involved therein shall submit a description of the proposed activity to the department for review not less than 30 days prior to the intended date of submission of the application to the federal agency. The department shall determine whether the proposal would result in a program that would overlap, duplicate or conflict with any other housing program in the state. If the department finds overlapping or duplication or conflict, it shall recommend modifications in the application. The Oregon Department of Administrative Services shall consider these recommendations in making its decision to approve or disapprove the application. The department shall complete its review and forward its recommendations within 15 working days after receipt of the notification. Failure of the department to complete the review within that time shall constitute approval of the application by the department.

(4) The Director of the Housing and Community Services Department may participate in discussions and deliberations of the council. The director may suggest policies and rules to the council, including those necessary to stimulate and increase the supply of housing for persons and families of lower income. [Formerly 456.570; 1987 c.158 §86a; 1987 c.414 §15a; 1987 c.567 §1; 1989 c.307 §3; 1989 c.966 §50; 1991 c.739 §4; 1995 c.79 §246; 2007 c.70 §262; 2015 c.180 §7; 2016 c.61 §6; 2017 c.608 §9; 2017 c.707 §10]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 456—Housing, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors456.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
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.
 
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.