New Task Force Being Created
The City of Tigard is seeking volunteers for the Affordable Housing Task Force. This task force will advise city staff and consultants in the development of an Affordable Housing Plan, which will be presented to City Council in the Summer 2019.
Because Tigard has a high rate of cost-burdened households, the city was selected to receive a grant from the state under House Bill 4006, enacted in the 2017 regular session. The task force will consider a wide variety of strategies to encourage, promote, and support affordable housing options in the city, and to reduce displacement of Tigard residents impacted by rising housing prices.
Expectations and Time Commitment
Tigard residency is not a requirement for applying for the task force. The task force will meet occasionally (no more than once a month) from January 2019 to June 2019. Meetings will be approximately two hours. Meeting dates and times are to be determined.
Applications Being Accepted Now
We invite you to submit the below online application to participate on this task force. If you would like the application in an alternate format or language, please contact Schuyler Warren via email at SchuylerW@tigard-or.gov or by telephone at 503-718-2437.
Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, October 31, 2018.
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.