Affordable Housing Community Conversation
Thursday, January 17, 2019 | 6-8:30 pm at the Tigard Public Library
Childcare, Interpretation and Dinner Provided
Join us for a special screening of Priced Out: 15 Years of Gentrification in Portland, Oregon – an investigative and personal look at housing discrimination and the pain of losing a community to gentrification.
After the movie, a panel of housing providers will lead a conversation about the causes and consequences of rising rent costs, it relates to our community and discuss solutions for the future.
The traveling exhibit, Anywhere But Here: The History of Housing Discrimination in Oregon, from the Fair Housing Council of Oregon will also be on display. The exhibit chronicles Oregon’s history of discrimination, segregation and displacement as well as the progress we’ve made in overcoming history and the challenges that remain.
Southwest Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy
The potential investment of light rail in the SW Corridor presents an opportunity to plan for equitable transit oriented development that will expand housing options for all residents. There are 39,665 total households in the SW Corridor (44.5% rental households and 57.5% owner occupied households) and only 775 regulated affordable rental units. Most of the low income households in the SW Corridor live in “naturally occurring affordable housing,” i.e. unregulated market-rate housing that, because of age and relative lack of amenities, rents at lower than average rates. A recent study documented that many of these rental properties are being purchased, often resulting in sharp rent increases that many tenants cannot afford.
To proactively address the potential for additional displacement and housing instability, Tigard staff has been working with the City of Portland on the SW Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy. The cities worked with SW Corridor stakeholders (tenant groups, developers, community-based organizations, and funders) in the SW Corridor Equity and Housing Group. The Strategy report contains a toolbox of potential implementation strategies.
On July 24, 2018 the Tigard City Council was briefed on the strategy and approved a resolution acknowledging the report.
Affordable Housing Assessment
In light of the recent recession and the region’s current housing crisis, the city recently reviewed its affordable housing strategies and assessed how they have addressed changes in the local housing market and local housing needs.
A full report, detailing each of those approaches and opportunities to improve local access to affordable housing, can be read here.
Tigard is Committed
Policies in the City of Tigard's Comprehensive Plan reflect the city's commitment to maintaining a variety of housing choices and to removing barriers to the development of affordable housing.
The city initiated a variety of voluntary actions to support and enhance opportunities for affordable housing. These are described in the City of Tigard Affordable Housing Program Report published in September 2002. These adopted policies, goals, strategies, and voluntary actions reflect the city's capacity and approach in meeting the affordable housing needs of the city.