We know the Portland metropolitan region is stronger when we all have options for safe, quality, affordable housing with access to jobs, school, services and amenities to help preserve our region’s economic competitiveness and quality of life.
The Equitable Housing Initiative
Through the Equitable Housing Initiative, Metro is committed to working with partners across the region to find opportunities for innovative approaches and policies that result in more people being able to find a home that meets their needs and income levels.
The objectives identified to reach this goal include:
- develop a shared understanding among elected officials, jurisdictional staff, developers, funders and stakeholders regarding best practices, needs and opportunities for collaboration.
- develop and provide technical assistance to support local implementation of best practices to overcome barriers to equitable housing development.
- evaluate the feasibility of collaborative approaches and pursue partnerships opportunities to support capacity building, policy and resource development, and research to advance regional equitable housing efforts.
Report: Opportunities and challenges for equitable housing
In January 2016, the initiative released a report exploring the nature of the region's housing challenge and providing a four-part strategic framework to respond.
Read the report:
2016 housing summit
Leaders and staff from Portland-area government, nonprofits, developers, other businesses, labor and the philanthropic sector discussed the report's findings and recommended next steps at a summit on Feb. 1, 2016. The keynote address was delivered by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. Read a recap and watch a video of the summit
How the report was created
In 2015, the initiative researched strategies from our region and around the country and engaged experts and stakeholders to develop a shared understanding of challenges and opportunities for equitable housing. This work was conducted in partnership with Oregon Opportunity Network, guided by a work group of professionals with an interest in equitable housing development and preservation.
Equitable housing grants
On Dec. 1, 2016, the Metro Council awarded $575,000 in grants to help seven communities around the region eliminate barriers to developing equitable housing. These grants were a subset of Metro's community planning and development grant program. Learn more