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There are more than 400 faith-based institutions with hundreds of acres of buildable land in Portland — and far more in the metro region. Faith-based institutions include churches, synagogues, temples and other places of worship. And many members of these communities want to help solve the housing crisis in Portland.
A growing number of them are exploring how to use their properties to address the affordable housing crisis. Faith-owned property is found in every neighborhood of the city, including in the most popular and expensive neighborhoods, where affordable housing development is challenging due to the high cost of land.
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has convened a project (funded by a grant from Metro) to help faith communities begin the process of developing affordable housing on their properties. BPS is accepting applications for grants that will fund design and finance consulting services for faith-based organizations who submit proposals for using their available land to provide housing for those in need. Up to five grants will be available.
Nan Stark, City Planner
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
News from Affordable Housing Opportunities in Faith Communities
Applications are due by Monday, February 4, 2019.
About the Affordable Housing in Faith Communities project
Representatives from City bureaus, nonprofits, and other organizations will be participating in the event to provide information and answer questions about developing housing on faith-owned land.
Meeting agendas, presentations and other materials related to the Affordable Housing Opportunities in Faith Communities project.
The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is managing the Opportunities for Affordable Housing in Faith Communities grant, funded through the Metro Planning and Community Development grant program.