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Affordable Housing

What's New? 

  • Affordable housing for families and veterans coming to Tigard
    Construction on a new building funded by Metro’s Affordable Housing Bond will be completed in fall 2021.
  • Tigard’s new affordable housing community to break ground on Oct. 1
    Community Partners for Affordable Housing will break ground on its newest affordable housing community in Tigard, Red Rock Creek Commons, on Tuesday Oct. 1.
  • Home Sharing Program Now Available in Tigard
    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 to stay in place who could be at risk of losing their homes and for those experiencing rent burden. Learn more…
  • Northwest Housing Alternatives Selected to Begin Work on Tigard’s Next Affordable Housing Development
    Northwest Housing Alternatives was selected by the City of Tigard to enter negotiations to develop high-quality affordable senior housing next to Tigard’s popular Senior Center. The site owned by the City of Tigard is an ideal location for affordable senior housing. It will be next to the Fanno Creek Trail, and directly across Hall Boulevard from the Tigard Public Library. Read more...
  • Tigard City Council Adopts Affordable Housing Plan
    On Tuesday, June 18, 2019 the Tigard City Council approved Resolution No. 19-27, adopting the Tigard Affordable Housing Plan. The Plan includes strategies to promote and encourage affordable housing in the city, including developing funding sources, reducing barriers to development, and preserving existing affordable housing. Council will consider the Plan’s recommendations individually as they come forth in the future.   
  • System Development Charges (SDC) Exemptions for Regulated Affordable Housing
    The program allows for the exemption of city transportation and park SDCs for regulated affordable housing units located within the City of Tigard. To be considered regulated affordable housing, units must be at or below 80% median family income. For more information, please view the documents below.

    SDC Exemption Guidelines 
    SDC Exemption Application

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

Affordable Housing: Tigard-Senior-CenterThe 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
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
Albert Shields | Permit Coordinator
503-718-2426  |

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