City Commissioner Nick Fish has named a top official of Central City Concern, a local social service agency that deals with homelessness and addiction issues, as the city's new director of its Bureau of Housing. Traci Manning
takes over the bureau as Fish is promoting his new anti-housing discrimination plan and is struggling to overcome the fallout from a flawed audit paid for by the city that misrepresented the degree of discrimination faced by African-American and Latino renters
Manning will succeed Margaret Van Vliet
, who was appointed as director of the Oregon Housing and Community Services Department by Gov. John Kitzhaber in August. Van Vliet served as director of the city's Housing Bureau for two years.
In a letter published on PortlandOnline
, Fish cites Manning's "strong relationships with our community and jurisdictional partners, a commitment to PHB's Strategic Plan and Equity Agenda, and almost two decades of experience in housing and community development."
Fish's letter also provides more about Manning's background:
Traci currently serves as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Central City
Concern (CCC), a non-profit that provides housing to people
experiencing homelessness and connects clients with benefits and links
to the workforce system. As COO, Traci manages CCC's Business
Enterprises, Employment, Healthcare, Housing, Recovery and Engagement,
and Supportive Housing programs.
As recently reported by WW
Traci began her career at CCC in 1993 as a receptionist, quickly moving
into fundraising and public affairs before settling into housing
development. Traci spent nine years in this role and led the renovation,
acquisition, or construction of 7 buildings representing 770 units of
the agency's portfolio.
She is a member of the Portland Housing Advisory Commission, PHB's
volunteer public advisory body, and previously served as a board member
of what is now called Oregon Opportunity Network.
Traci's first day as Director will be October 17.
, the city's first audit—conducted by the Fair Housing Council and released in May—was "marred by errors and sloppy work" that "withheld evidence that would have weakened claims that it had found discrimination." Fish told WW
that unreliable audit reports need to be fixed and stated the importance of regaining the public's confidence in the results of city-funded testing.