The Portland Housing Bureau announced Monday it is accepting applications through May 13 from current and former North and Northeast Portland residents for a chance to own a home affordably.

The program, first announced in December and examined by The Oregonian then, is aimed at helping African-American residents who've been pushed out of the neighborhood by rising rents and housing prices (as well as the city's own urban-renewal programs).

Current or former residents (and their descendants) who once owned property that was taken by city government for development projects will have priority.

The city has $5 million to put toward the program—and estimates it will be able to help 65 people with this round of applications.

Information from the housing bureau:

Three Ways to Apply:

Apply online using the mobile-friendly application.

Apply in person at one of eleven application sites throughout the Portland Metro area (in-person application assistance will be available during select times at one of the sites each day of the open application period. Click here for a schedule of times and locations).

Download a copy and submit by mail or drop it off at an application site during their regular business hours.