Did you know?
- 28% of Tigard residents are considered rent burdened.
Households are considered rent burdened if they spend more than 50% of the household’s income on rent.
- Tigard is considered a “severely rent burdened” city.
A city is considered severely rent burdened if more than 25% of the renter households are rent burdened.
City of Tigard Senior Center Affordable Senior Housing
The City of Tigard is seeking information from affordable housing developers for a unique opportunity to build affordable senior housing directly next to an established senior center.
Using funds from a Metro Equitable Housing Grant, the City completed a Feasibility Study. The preferred concept was to build the housing to the north/northeast of the existing senior center on what is now part of the parking lot. The study found the site could support 56 one-bedroom apartments in a 48,000 square foot building.
The proposed project site is located at 8815 SW Omara Street and is owned by the City of Tigard and is within the City Center Urban Renewal Area. The 1.7-acre site is currently improved with a 10,700 square foot building that houses the Tigard Senior Center and approximately 49,000 square feet of paved parking and circulation area. The surrounding uses are Fanno Creek Park and Trail to the north, Tigard Christian Church to the east, and single-family homes to the south and west. Tigard Public Library is less than 0.25 miles from the site, across Hall Blvd.
The City is open to different designs, numbers, and sizes of units and site layouts, but the project must provide affordable senior housing (for households at or below 80 percent AMI) and be compatible with its location next to Fanno Creek Park and adjacent to a residential neighborhood.
The City is primarily open to considering either a 99-year ground lease of the site or selling the development site. The City will consider proposals for lease or purchase at below-market rates. The selected Developer will have the exclusive right to negotiate the terms of the development structure, which, among other things, will set forth Developer’s right to develop the City of Tigard-owned site.
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.