|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
▪ 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.
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
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.