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Mass Shelter and Housing Zoning Code Update

  • In 2015, 1,887 people were unable to find housing, even in emergency shelters.

  • Mass shelters are often the last resort for people who would otherwise be on the street.

  • This project provides 48 units for short-term housing stabilization for people at imminent risk of homelessness.

This project amends zoning regulations for short-term shelters and housing and is a result of the City Council’s resolution in March to “simplify regulations, remove regulatory obstacles and expedite processes for land use reviews and permits”. It proposes to expand the situations that allow shelters by right, and reduces the level of land use review for certain shelters and short-term housing. The code update is part of a larger citywide attempt to address housing affordability and homelessness.

The code amendments have been approved by City Council and went into effect on December 9, 2016.


Phil Nameny, Project Manager, City Planner II, 503-823-7709
Leslie Lum, City Planner II, 503-823-7896

About the Mass Shelter and Housing Project

Proposed Zoning Code changes aimed to help increase shelter availability for vulnerable community members