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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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Inclusionary Housing

The City of Portland has identified the need for a minimum of 23,000 additional housing units to serve low and moderate income households. The Inclusionary Housing program is designed to help meet this need, working to preserve economically diverse neighborhoods and housing affordability.

How Does the Program Work?

Inclusionary Housing requires that all residential buildings proposing 20 or more units provide a percentage of the new units at rents affordable to households at 80% of the area median income (AMI). The City has defined additional regulatory options under the umbrella of this requirement, and all permit applications must include one of these options in their proposal, or pay a fee-in-lieu.

All permit applications are reviewed by the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB). PHB staff are available to assist in the various phases of the development, including permitting, closing, construction, lease-up, and operations.


Regulatory Option 1: 80% AMI

Buildings include either 15% or 20% of units affordable at 80% AMI, depending on their location.

Regulatory Option 2: 60% AMI

Buildings include either 8% or 10% of units affordable at 60% AMI, depending on their location.

Regulatory Option 3: Build Off-Site

Affordable units are built off-site in a separate new development.

Regulatory Option 4: Designate Existing Units

Affordable units are designated in a separate existing building.

Regulatory Option 5: Reconfiguration

The mix of unit types can be reconfigured to provide fewer affordable units of greater size.

Regulatory Option 6: Fee-in-Lieu

Applicants may pay a fee-in-lieu of the Inclusionary Housing requirements.

Supplemental Information

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Contact Information

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