Definitions - Commonly Used Terms and Acronyms

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There are currently 15 names in this directory beginning with the letter A.

Accessory Dwelling Units
An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is a second dwelling unit created on a lot with a house, attached house or manufactured home. The second unit is created auxiliary to, and is smaller than, the main dwelling. ADUs can be created in a variety of ways, including conversion of a portion of an existing house, addition to an existing house, conversion of an existing garage or the construction of an entirely new building.


The cost of purchasing the land or land and buildings to be developed.

A project where the purchase of land and buildings and construction rehabilitation of the property are both included in the loan request. Affordable Housing: housing affordable to persons or families whose income is at or below 60 percent of MFI. (Housing affordability is imputed at thirty percent or less of gross income at 60 percent MFI).

Affordability / Affordable
Describes the relationship between household income, housing costs and established standard of affordability. The standard for "Affordable" means the following:
  1. For rental housing: the agency utilizes the HUD affordability standard, which states that the rent plus expenses associated with occupancy, such as tenant paid utilities or fees, does not exceed 30% of the gross household income, based on unit size, at the level of the rent restriction.
  2. For homeownership units: the purchase price, for which the sum of debt service and housing expenses (including an allowance for utilities and other required ownership fees), when compared to the annual gross income for a family, adjusted for family size, does not preclude conventional mortgage financing.

After Value
The property's market value based on the probable condition of the property after completion of the proposed rehabilitation or construction as determined by a certified fee appraiser or Prosper Portland staff.


Allowed Expenses
The sum of the following: (A) Operating Expenses, (B) all deposits to cash reserves established and funded for payment of anticipated or contingent partnership expenses that must be paid pursuant to a loan agreement to which the Project Sponsor is a party, plus (C) payments pursuant to the Preferred Developer Promissory Notes for deferred developer fees, to the extent the total capitalized fee and deferred fee do not exceed the agency's Maximum Allowable Developer Fee, less equity requirements not funded through other contributions.

Area Median Income

Anchor Institutions
Large organizations, most often public or nonprofit, that are primarily anchored in place—colleges and universities, hospitals and health-care facilities, utilities, faith-based organizations, museums, and arts centers. Anchor institutions are key drivers of local and regional economic opportunity. Anchor institutions offer stable jobs, many with career ladders and good wages and benefits, and strong purchasing power of goods and services.

Alliance of Portland Neighborhood Assoc.

As Is Value
The property's current market value as determined by a certified fee appraiser or the most recent assessed value by the County Assessor as verified or modified by Prosper Portland staff.


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