Housing and Community Development

Tell us what you think!

The Housing Committee would like your feedback on the list of housing policy initiatives outlined in the 2017 Housing Report. We welcome you to complete a brief survey asking for your feedback around these policy ideas. Please complete the survey by visiting the following link:
  Proposed Housing Policy Initiatives - Public Feedback Form

Responses submitted through November 5th, will be reviewed by staff to be included at the November 8th meeting. The survey will continue to collect public feedback until January 7th 2018 for review during the first Housing Committee meeting of 2018.
Thank you for your input!

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