Housing and Community Development

2018 Interim Housing Report

The 2018 Interim Housing Report, prepared by City staff for the Housing Committee, is an update of housing data and policy implementations undertaken during the past year.  The report highlights housing development achievements with new development units, inclusionary zoning, and subsidized housing development.  Also included in the report is a "state of the housing market" section as well as housing initiatives and implementation tools adopted during 2018.  The report concludes with a reporting of federal and local housing resources that support local housing development. 

2018 Interim Housing Report

2017 Annual 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. 

2017 Housing Report

Pages from 2017 Housing Report

Affordable Housing Development

Housing Trust Fund Application

The City of Portland’s Division of Housing and Community Development will accept applications as of July 1 for the development of affordable housing in the City of Portland.

For fiscal year 2018-2019, the City is providing Housing Trust Funds in the amount of $913,000 for developments that create housing that promotes economic diversity in the neighborhood in which the development is located. All projects must address the housing needs of the very low, low, and median income households.

Housing Trust Funds should be a resource of last resort and should be focused on opportunities where other funding sources do not work or are not effective, such as projects designed to create housing affordable to households earning at or below 50% of the area median income, or projects designed to create housing affordable to households earning 80% to 120% of the area median income.

Development projects should promote the efficient use of land in locations in proximity to shopping, work places, and community facilities. They should also incorporate high standards of design, energy efficiency, “green” design, and social sustainability.

Applications will be accepted until all budgeted funds are allocated. However, the City may keep in reserve $500,000.

The application outlines the selection criteria which all projects applying for funds must meet, as well as the scoring factors which will be used by the City of Portland to evaluate the applications.

Housing Trust Fund Application
Housing Trust Fund 2018 Plan

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:

  1. Loan Programs

  2. Affordable Housing Development

  3. Housing Information & Resources


A development of ten or more units of housing in the City requires the project to provide either on-site or off-site workforce housing units, or make a payment to the City's Housing Trust Fund.

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 towards meeting the Ordinance, which is 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:

I Z Development Projects Dec 2015 to April 2019 without subsidized projects

Workforce Housing, and Hotel Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance

2018 Income Limits - Portland HUD Metro Fair Market Rent Area and Maximum Rents

Portland Rental Market Survey, 2018

Historical Portland HMFA Annual Median Income

Housing Replacement Fee