Oregon Releases Statewide Housing Plan

Governor Kate Brown and Oregon Housing and Community Services released the statewide 5-year housing plan, Breaking New Ground. The plan focuses on six priorities and includes measurable goals to work towards by 2023:

  1. Equity and Racial Justice: Advance equity and racial justice by identifying and addressing institutional and systemic barriers that have created and perpetuated patterns of disparity in housing and economic prosperity.
    1. Communities of color experience increased access to OHCS resources.
    2. Create a shared understanding of racial equity.
  2. Homelessness: Build a coordinated and concerted statewide effort to prevent and end homelessness, with a focus on ending unsheltered homelessness of Oregon’s children and veterans.
    1. 85% of households served are stabilized in housing for six months or longer
  3. Permanent Supportive Housing: Invest in permanent supportive housing, a proven strategy to reduce chronic homelessness and reduce barriers to housing stability.
    1. Fund the creation of 1,000 permanently supportive homes.
  4. Affordable Rental Housing: Work to close the affordable rental housing gap and reduce housing cost burden for low-income Oregonians.
    1. OHCS will triple the existing pipeline of affordable rental housing up to 25,000 homes
  5. Homeownership: Provide more low- and moderate-income Oregonians with the tools to successfully achieve and maintain homeownership, particularly in communities of color.
    1. Assist 6,500 households in becoming successful homeowners.
    2. Double the number of homeowners of color in OHCS homeownership programs.
  6. Rural Communities: Change the way OHCS does business in small towns and rural communities to be responsive to the unique housing and service needs and unlock the opportunities for housing development.
    1. Increase OHCS funded housing development in rural areas by 75%.