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Urban policy -- Oregon -- Portland -- Periodicals, Portland (Or.) -- Politics and government -- Periodicals, Portland (Or.) -- Social conditions -- Periodicals


The Housing Authority of Portland (HAP) is a public corporation of the State of Oregon, activated and organized by the Portland City Council pursuant to a state statute for the purpose of implementing a federally subsidized housing program for persons of limited means.

The operations of HAP, which came into existence on December 12, 1941, and have been the focus of public concern in the past, have been brought prominently to public attention in recent years because of accusations from civil rights groups that the Authority's policies were consciously or unconsciously abetting racial segregation, and because of a dispute within the Housing Authority and between the Housing Authority and private housing interests over the propriety of an HAP program of high-rise housing for the elderly.

This Committee was assigned the responsibility of making a general study of HAP with particular reference to its legal background, history, financing, administration, eligibility standards and tenant selection methods in general and as they relate to economic, social or ethnic segregation or discrimination. Organization of the Committee was authorized in November of 1963, in response to charges that were being leveled at HAP at that time. The Committee was inactive for some months except for monitoring the work of the Portland Intergroup Relations Commission, which held hearings in late 1963 and early 1964 on HAP's activities and the charges being made against it. Following the adoption by the Commission of its subcommittee's report in February, 1964, this Committee proceeded with its investigations under a new authorization, a copy of which is included as Exhibit A to this report.

Published in City Club of Portland Bulletin Vol. 46, No. 44

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