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Living or working near the Johnson Creek Floodplain can be challenging. Winter rains bring the threat of flooding to the Lents and Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhoods each year, which will likely get worse with climate change. Mandatory flood insurance is expensive and premiums are rising at up to 18% each year, threatening to displace low- and moderate-income homeowners. Additionally, existing homes can be hard to repair, which can lead to decreased property values, disinvestment, and make homeowners susceptible to predatory real estate practices. Local and federal rules about development in the floodplain are complicated, which can result in some commercial lands remaining under-developed.
About 700 households in the Lents and Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhoods are currently located in the floodplain, and these residents face real financial and environmental risks. Working alongside the community and other city bureaus, the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) aims to protect floodplain homeowners, reduce flood insurance costs, and prevent displacement in order to ensure that these communities remain diverse and affordable.
This summer, the City of Portland launched a pilot Flood Insurance Savings Program, in partnership with the non-profit Enhabit. This blog post explains the program’s origins and shares some early insights from our work to stabilize homeowners in East Port
Find out if your home is located in the Johnson Creek Floodplain