Housing and Community Development

Housing Report Feedback

Housing Report

In the Fall of 2017, City staff prepared a Housing Report for the Council's Housing Committee that described the state of the current market and City policies and programs, and outlined additional proposed policy initiatives. These initiatives culminated from ideas gathered in 2016 from four public input meetings which led to more than 135 policy ideas.  A special community forum was then held to engage attendees in a discussion of what part of the list merits priority attention for a more detailed analysis by the City. 

Many interested parties responded to the report with thoughts about housing in Portland. The concepts from that feedback are captured in the image above.

While the formal period for receiving feedback on this report is over, you are still welcome to complete a brief survey around these policy ideas. 

Housing Policy Initiative Survey

Thank you for your input!

2017 Housing Report

Pages from 2017 Housing Report

Housing & Community Development Division

The Division of Housing and Community Development (HCD) manages and administers Community Development and Housing Programs with funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HCD is responsible for planning and expending funds received under four HUD programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) and the Lead Hazard Control Grant (Lead Safe Housing)

The City allocates these funds to infrastructure projects, social service programs, economic development, housing rehabilitation, and affordable housing development.


HUD funds are utilized to benefit low and moderate-income Portland residents and city neighborhoods where a majority of the residents earn low and moderate incomes. HCD supports a wide variety of projects and programs including social and neighborhood services, public facilities and infrastructure in eligible neighborhoods and housing rehabilitation and housing development. The Division works in partnership with residents, non-profit agencies and City departments to benefit low and moderate-income residents and improve the neighborhoods in which they live. 

Map of Housing Assisted with Public Funds

More information about our housing programs, and housing resources, can be found through the links below:

Development of ten or more units of housing in the City allows a developer to get a density bonus- and also requires that the project provide either on-site workforce housing units, or make a payment to the City's Housing Trust.

Since the passage of the Ordinance in 2015, there have been several projects reviewed under its requirements. The projects have chosen a number of creative approaches to meeting the Ordinance, which si designed to provide flexibility in how to produce workforce housing. 

Note that the units and fee-in-lieu contributions are not provided until the project is complete. Since construction can take two years for a major project, the City is just seeing the first units be complete and occupied. This list also does not include several projects, such as 58 Fore Street, for which applications are expected but not received to date. Nonetheless, this chart gives a sense of the pipeline of projects producing workforce housing:

Inclusionary Zoning Development Projects Dec 2015 to Sept 2017