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Affordable Housing

The Viewfinder- New Affordable Housing in the Tigard Triangle
Wait list opened on Thursday July 15th

Viewfinder will bring 81 residential apartment homes, in a variety of floorplan styles including one-bedroom, two-bedrooms, and three-bedroom apartments. Viewfinder has been designed with the community in mind, common areas will include:

▪ Community space on the ground and second floors
▪ Laundry facilities on each floor
▪ Second-floor courtyard
▪ Parking
▪ Bicycle storage
▪ Fitness Room
▪ Media Room
▪ Outdoor play area

Income restrictions apply. Apartment homes are available for residents making 60% or less of the area’s median income levels.

Viewfinder in the Triangle

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.

The city is working on becoming a more age-friendly community by encouraging programs and projects that make our community more livable for people of all age. People of all ages benefit from the adoption of policies and programs that make neighborhoods walkable, feature transportation options, enable access to key services, provide opportunities to participate in community activities, and support housing that’s affordable and adaptable. 

Here are some of the different ways we are becoming a more age-friendly community: 

  • Home Sharing Program
    Metro HomeShare and the City of Tigard have partnered to pilot a Home Sharing Program in Washington County. Providing a comprehensive matching and support service that helps home providers stabilize and retain their housing by renting unused portions of their home to home seekers. This program adds another option for people, especially seniors, to stay in place who could be at risk of losing their homes and for those experiencing rent burden. Learn more…
  • Allowing for More Housing Options for All Stages of Life
    In 2018 Tigard City Council approved code amendments to allow for a wider range of housing types within the city.  Responding to the need for a greater diversity of housing for people at all stages of life. They include standards for “Missing Middle” housing types that are marked by their walkability to services and amenities, smaller well-designed units, simple construction and small footprint. These types of housing have seen increased demand in the market as retirees and younger homeowners are seeking smaller, more vibrant, sustainable, and walkable places to live. Learn more...
  • Affordable Housing in Tigard
    » The Knoll at Tigard

    The Knoll at Tigard Apartments are designed for seniors (age 55+) of modest means and include 45 one-bedroom units and 2 two-bedroom units. Built in 2010, The Knoll is owned and operated by CPAH. 

    » Red Rock Creek Commons

    Red Rock Creek Commons will be among the first new developments within the Tigard Triangle Urban Renewal Area. The site on 68th Parkway is near SW Pacific Hwy/99W, with convenient access to high-frequency transit, grocery stores, PCC and potential employers. The building will have 48 one bedroom apartments – to serve individuals and small households – in four stories with an elevator, a community room for services and activities, and access to the natural area around Red Rock Creek. RRCC will be lease-ready in late 2020 and is owned and operated by CPAH. 
  • Affordable Housing Projects- In the Works
    » Senior Housing Alongside the Senior Center 

    This project is being designed for seniors age 62 and older and includes 50-60 one-bedroom units. Currently in the preliminary design stage the project would prioritize veterans and seniors with disabilities creating and maintaining safe, healthy, and sustainable housing with services for seniors in Tigard. The project is transit-oriented, located near a bus line and within walking distance to other community amenities such as the library, senior center, and downtown Tigard shops and restaurants. 

    » The Viewfinder

    Located in the Tigard Triangle the six-story Viewfinder building will consist of 25 one-bedroom apartments and 66 larger units that will be available to families. Ten percent of the Viewfinder’s units will be reserved for veterans. Residents will enjoy both indoor and outdoor community gathering spaces, play areas, laundry facilities on each floor, bicycle storage, and 64 parking spaces.

Southwest Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy
Southwest Corridor Equitable Housing StrategyThe 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
January 2017
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. 

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Dedicated Affordable Housing

» For Families and Individuals:
Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) operates eight complexes in Tigard and Beaverton.

  • The Barcelona at Beaverton 971-217-7193
  • The Knoll 503-718-7982
  • The Watershed 503-452-0010
  • Oleson Woods 503-245-6990 (32-units of affordable housing)
  • The Village at Washington Square 503-784-9575
  • Greenburg Oaks 503-639-6514
  • Metzger Park 503-892-2340
  • Spencer House 503-644-4496
» Reserved for Seniors and Persons with Disability:

  • The Knoll 503-718-7982
  • Kaybern Terrace 503-625-6555  
    A housing complex in North Plains with 12, 1-bedroom units for the elderly and persons with disabilities. Residents pay low, fixed monthly rent or 30% of resident’s monthly income, whichever is higher. Residents must have a stable income.

Programs and Resources

  • Fair Housing Council of Oregon:  800-424-3247
    Investigates claims of illegal housing discrimination.
  • Renter’s Right Hotline:  503-288-0130
    Operated by Community Alliance of Tenants for information on one’s rights as a tenant. Hablantes de español disponibles
  • Tenant Hotline: 503-648-7723
    For legal aid and tenant rights counseling. Hablantes de español disponibles 
  • Resolutions Northwest: 503-595-4890 Ext. 0
    Provides a confidential and effective process for resolving conflicts with landlords and tenants, including problems with rent, repairs, utilities and noise
  • Rent Well:  503-640-3263
    Fee tenant education classes with a focus on helping renters with barriers to getting accepted for rental housing.
  • Emergency Rent Assistance: 503-615-0770
    Provided by Community Action Organization of Washington County. Very limited funds are available to those who have received a 72-hour eviction notice. To apply, call the number above and request a screening for eligibility and availability of funds. A voice message must include the caller’s permanent phone number and zip code.

Government Assistance

  • Section 8 Vouchers:
    Federal program that provides rental assistance to low-income households who can use assistance to pick from list of landlords working with Housing Services. Applications not being accepted at time of publication.
  • Project-Based Vouchers: 503-846-4794
    Project-based vouchers are also federally-funded rental assistance, but vouchers are linked to specific housing units. Applications for project-based vouchers are being accepted at time of publication.

General Information Services 

Online Resources


Resources for Housing Providers

Tigard Municipal Code
City of Tigard's Nonprofit Corporation Low Income Housing Exemption allows affordable housing property owners affordable housing to receive a total exemption from taxes owed to the city.

Interested property owners apply for the exemption in February of each year and applications are reviewed in March. For questions or comments on the application process, contact Schuyler Warren at 503-718-2437 or

Related Documents

Staff Contact
Schuyler Warren
Associate Planner

Affordable Housing
Affordable Housing Plan
Affordable Housing Plan Executive Summary

Staff Contact
Sean Farrelly
Redevelopment Project Manager
503-718-2420 |

Staff Contact
System Development Charge (SDC) Exemption
Christine Moody, 
Contracts and Purchasing Manager

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