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Portland Housing Bureau

Solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland.

Phone: 503-823-2375

fax: 503-823-2387

421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204

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Citywide Housing Strategy


To create and implement a plan for equal access to housing; the Citywide Housing Strategy will ensure that the Portland Housing Bureau’s (PHB) investments and influence will serve the housing needs of all Portland residents. 


  • To create healthy, connected neighborhoods as the city grows by following PHB’s Strategic Plan and the Portland Plan
  • To achieve equal access to housing for all Portlanders by investing in affordable homes and influencing the housing market
  • To identify and prioritize a list of tools, policies, partnerships and resources to meet the unmet housing needs in Portland


PHB has teamed up with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), and tap into our internal and external experts on equity and fair housing to complement and leverage ongoing Portland Plan efforts.


One's address is the primary determiner for their ability to achieve prosperity through access to community assets. Using a set of indicators, PHB created a series of maps detailing neighborhood-level access to amenities such as quality schools, transportation and healthy food. These maps a foundation for making decisions about where to invest and how to influence the housing market.


PHB works with many nonprofit groups who build and maintain affordable homes for individuals and families who earn less than the median income. Through the Citywide Housing Strategy, we engage our partners to help us extend our reach into underserved communities. Focus groups from traditionally underrepresented communities help PHB verify mapping data, identify on-the-ground realities missed during the mapping exercise, and shape strategies for meeting demands going forward. A technical advisory committee of ten stakeholders and Portland Housing Advisory Commission members meet regularly to oversee the process and add creative insight. 


Based on data from the mapping exercise and collaboration with BPS on the Comprehensive Plan, PHB will draft strategies to direct our investments, align city resources and influence the housing market in five-, ten- and 25-year time frames.

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