Housing and Community Development


2017 Housing Report Now Available

The report gives an overview of the current housing market and showcases the many policies and initiatives the City has adopted and is utilizing to address the issues of housing availability and affordability. 

2017 Housing Report

The report is broken into four sections:

1) a compilation of data on current conditions and topics that interact with Portland’s housing market;
2) an overview of current City initiatives and tools utilized to address the unique challenges of a growing city and its specific housing needs;
3) a review of available funding sources (local and federal), which the City leverages to achieve its community-based and housing related goals;
4) a potential set of policy proposals for committee discussion. These proposals were taken, in part, from the “bucket list” of ideas created through the public process undertaken by the Housing Committee in 2016.
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