Learn about strategies for reducing the cost of housing, presented to the Metro Council in 2006 by the Housing Choice Task Force.
The Metro Council received the recommendations of its regional Housing Choice Task Force on April 20, 2006. They include a set of key recommendations for Metro, and two priority groups of strategies designed for reducing the cost of housing.
The Housing Choice Task Force recommends that Metro:
The recommendations of the Housing Choice Task Force were based on almost 12 months of discussions that recognized that the region is one housing market where people live in one area and work in another. The task force reviewed the barriers identified by local governments during the implementation of affordable housing requirements that were based on the work of the 2000 Affordable Housing Technical Advisory Committee. The task force also reviewed past trends in housing funding, types of housing development and employment in various communities and locations, household income in various communities, development cost, sale price and housing affordability trends. The conclusion following the reviews is that the housing problem articulated in 2000 still exists, and jobs, school, transportation investment and housing mismatches can negatively affect regional livability.
The Housing Choice Task Force identified opportunities to increase housing choices for the region’s elderly, people with disability, families with young children and workers in various professions. The task force hopes that the collaboration of various stakeholders who addressed the shortage of housing choices as a regional issue will build broader support for regional housing solutions and in areas where more housing should be provided, such as the center and corridors. The report identifies several roles for local governments, Metro and other organizations in the region.
While accepting the report, the Metro Council adopted a resolution directing staff to:
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