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Resident Handbook

If you live in one of the apartment communities we manage, this section of our website is just for you.

To ensure fairness, Home Forward has a 3-step procedure for you to dispute decisions about your lease agreement or housing regulations. 

You can download the complete text of our grievance procedure, in

Fir Acres

  1. The resident must personally present the grievance to Home Forward within 14 days of the disputed action or inaction.

  2. In cases of eviction, the resident has 14 days from the date of the termination notice to present a grievance. The only exception is when there is a 24- hour non-remedy eviction.

Your property manager will schedule an informal conference with you. Within a reasonable time after the conference, Home Forward will give you a written summary of the conference discussion, including the proposed resolution.

If you are not satisfied with the results of the informal conference, you have the right to a hearing before an impartial hearing officer/panel. The exception is when there is a 24-hour non-remedy eviction. You must submit a written request for a hearing to the appropriate Home Forward office within seven days of receiving the summary of the informal conference. The hearing officer/panel will then schedule the hearing.

You have the right to:

  • Examine any relevant Home Forward documents before the hearing.


  • Be represented by counsel or another representative at the hearing.


  • Have a private hearing, unless you request a public hearing.


  • Present evidence and arguments.


The hearing officer/panel will prepare a written decision, with the reasons for the decision, after the hearing.

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Attention residents

As some of you may have heard, on August 20th 2023 the Portland Water Bureau’s regular testing of water quality detected small amounts of the bacteria Cryptosporidium. Since learning of this, Home Forward staff has been in contact with the Portland Water Bureau.

We have been assured that healthy individuals can and should continue using water as normal.

If you are immunocompromised or are taking an immunosuppressive drug, you can kill any potential cryptosporidium bacteria by boiling your water for 1 minute before consuming.

  • If you are boiling the water to drink, let the water cool.
  • Iodine and Chlorine do not kill this bacteria, and to treat for potential bacteria you should boil the water.
  • If you have questions please reach out to your property manager or resident services coordinator.

Please visit the Center for Disease Control website to get additional information.