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Community event to discuss housing and transit in SW Corridor

Join us at a Community Learning and Listening Session to share your ideas on the equitable housing strategy

flyerCommunity members are invited to a Community Learning and Listening Session on Affordable Housing on Saturday, October 14 to share experiences and provide input on housing challenges and opportunities to shape a new SW Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy.

The event will be an opportunity for community members to learn about affordable housing needs in the corridor and provide input to help preserve and build more places for people to live.

Residents can get involved by connecting with neighbors, learning how to volunteer with local housing organizations and sharing their comments on the transit planning process.

Featured speakers will include Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Tigard Councilor Tom Anderson. They will talk about the importance of inclusive communities with more housing and transit. Housing experts from the Community Alliance of Tenants and Community Housing Fund will talk about the challenges lower income residents in Southwest are facing and what resources are available.

Join us for a fun family-friendly event with childcare, food and entertainment. We hope to see you there!

  • When: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (doors open at 9 a.m. for registration, lunch served at 12:30 p.m.).
  • Where: Markham Elementary School, 10531 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.
  • Who: Everyone is welcome; childcare will be provided.

Please RSVP and share this event on Facebook.

For more information about the SW Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy, visit: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/equitablehousing.

Questions? Contact Ryan Curren, 503-823-4574, Ryan.Curren@portlandoregon.gov

Cities of Portland and Tigard planning for more housing choice and opportunity for all along potential light rail line through the SW Corridor

Planners requesting proposals from community-based organizations to help create an Equitable Housing Strategy

Most people know the SW Corridor as Barbur Boulevard or 99W. No matter what you call it, though, it’s got potential for improved pedestrian safety and transit service. In addition to better sidewalks and public transportation, the area is a prime location for more types of businesses and houses for the region’s growing and diversifying population.

As the region plans for a light rail line from Downtown Portland to Bridgeport Village, the cities of Portland and Tigard, along with Metro, are developing an Equitable Housing Strategy for this major transportation corridor. The strategy will help ensure that homes along the new transit line meet the needs of households of different sizes and incomes.

City of Portland receives Metro grant for equitable housing strategy

On March 1, 2017, the Portland City Council passed an ordinance accepting $100,000 from Metro to create a SW Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy over the next year. Metro also received an $895,000 grant from the Federal Transportation Administration to develop a complementary equitable development strategy, which will include plans for economic, education and workforce development needs along the corridor.  

This planning work will focus on achieving Portland and Metro's racial and social equity goals, including reducing displacement of low-income households of color, creating equitable housing choices throughout the city, and increasing education and economic opportunities for those households along the corridor.

To that end, Metro, Portland and Tigard have convened an Equity and Housing Advisory Group of housing experts from the finance, philanthropic, nonprofit and private development sectors. The group will be begin meeting on May 24 and continue to meet throughout the planning process. 

Funding available for community-based organizations

The City wants the housing strategy to be informed by the needs and priorities of low-income households and communities of color. To support inclusive community engagement, we are seeking proposals from community-based organizations engaging and organizing low-income households and communities of color around affordable housing issues in the corridor. Find more information and instructions in the RFP.

Grants to nonprofit partners will be awarded at the end of the month to fund targeted engagement activities throughout the summer and fall. Broader community engagement events will be held over the summer and fall as research on the corridor’s housing needs is completed and the community-based organizations conduct more focused engagement.

Project deliverables

At the end of a year-long process, a unified and strategic approach to housing for the corridor will be presented to the cities of Portland and Tigard for action, including:

  1. Housing targets to guide action and track progress.
  2. Proposals for financing sources, development tools and supportive land use policies to meet the corridor’s housing targets.
  3. Recommendations for supporting community and housing organizations to work together to champion and implement the housing strategy.
  4. Prioritized early opportunity sites for housing.

For more information, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/equitablehousing.