Housing Affordability in the
Eugene-Springfield Metro Area
19% of population live in poverty
Median family income grew by 2% while median gross rent
grew by 20% between 1970 and 2007.
55% of renters and 32% of homeowners have a housing cost
74% of low- and extremely low-income renters have a housing
Homeownership rate has fallen to 50%.
Eugene’s Primary Strategies for
Increasing Affordable Housing Supply
Increase the supply of new affordable housing throughout the
community through landbanking, construction subsidies, SDC
waivers, and tax exemptions.
Preserve and improve existing affordable owner and renter
housing stock through acquisition grants, rehabilitation loans, tax
exemptions and emergency home repair loans and grants.
Create permanent supportive housing for persons with special
needs including persons with mental illness, addictions, ex-
offenders, and others.
Remove barriers to housing access and affirmatively further fair
housing through rental housing code and education. 4
Eugene’s Approach to Equitable
Distribution of Affordable Housing
In 1968, Eugene leaders recognized decline of housing supply
affordable to low to middle-income families and concluded the City
should endeavor to provide maximum choice of housing for all its
residents. Eugene creates its first Housing Policy Statement
which recommends an array of actions.
Between 1969 and 1983, Eugene develops and refines its Housing
Dispersal Policy to guide the development of decent, safe and
sanitary housing for low-income families in suitable areas.
In order to achieve the goals of the Housing Dispersal
Policy, Eugene identifies landbanking as a way to increase the
supply of affordable housing and ensure that its placement does
not exacerbate concentrations of poverty.
90 acres acquired with
first site purchase in
22 projects with 828
units have been
developed since 1990
133 units in pipeline
Achieved dispersal of affordable housing throughout community with
access to public transit and services.
Fosters development capacity among nonprofit and public
Uses limited resources efficiently and creates coordinated allocation
process for multiple resources.
Achieve early community buy-in and acceptance of sites.
Site control and early local commitment leverages state and federal
WestTown on 8th
Parcel Size: .95 acres
Purchase Price: $570,000
102 affordable rental units and 9
market rate live-work rental units.
Affordable units targeted to
families, individuals, and seniors at
or below 60% of median income.
Downtown location within a half
mile of grocery store and retail.
Close to downtown transit center.
Access to new Bus Rapid Transit
system and all major bus routes.
Conduit Bond Financing
Local Financial Subsidies
CDBG (land cost)
Eugene General Funds
Lane County Road Funds
Eugene SDC Waivers
EWEB SDC Waivers
Total Project Cost: $19,700,808
Parcel Size: 6 acres
Purchase Price: $580,000 in 1997
101 affordable rental units to be
developed in two phases.
Families, individuals, and seniors
at or below 50% of median
Community center, play areas,
and open space.
Located near major areas of
employment and services.
Elementary school and park within
a quarter mile.
Near major public transportation
Close to medical facilities.
Anticipated Project Financing
OHCS Trust Fund
City Contributions - $2,113,088
CDBG (land) - $390,000
City General Funds (land) - $190,000
CDBG (infrastructure) - $346,136
HOME Funds - $713,013
Eugene SDC Waivers - $473,939
20 Year Property Tax Exemption
Total Estimated Project Cost: $17,496,231
Opportunities and Challenges
for the Future
Created through a three-year HUD Sustainable Communities
Regional Planning Grant and includes a dozen public and nonprofit
Focused on strengthening linkages between housing,
transportation, economic development, and public health.
Fostered new relationships and identify opportunities for collective
impact among partners to link plans and investments, share data,
and prioritize use of resources to achieve multiple benefits.
All products will be available at www.livabilitylane.org
Lane Livability Consortium
Equity and Opportunity Assessment
Multi agency process
to identify key equity
Resulted in 70
comparable maps in
Maps coupled with
surveys and focus
groups with Latino and
St. Vincent de Paul using results of survey and focus groups to
retool resident services to focus on access to opportunity.
City of Eugene and Lane County have partnered with Oregon
Health Authority to conduct a HIA on affordable housing.
Lane Workforce Partnership partnering with affordable housing
providers to give residents greater access to work readiness
New understanding of need for transportation safety improvements
around affordable housing developments.
Early Tangible Results from EOA
Supply of affordable housing is simply not keeping up with the
needs created by demographic and economic changes.
Increasingly strict HUD requirements for committing/expending
funds make it difficult for Eugene to provide “patient” project
Providers have difficulty accessing the operating funds needs for
special needs populations even if capital funds are available.
The growing number of homeless persons combined with
reductions in services have overwhelmed human service and
supportive housing systems. Eugene has spent enormous
resources trying to meet the emergency housing needs.
Eugene’s Housing Challenges
New 20-year comprehensive plan, Envision Eugene, has provided
opportunity to create clear connection with Consolidated Plan and
Development of 2015 Consolidated Plan and Fair Housing Plan
offer opportunity to reconsider goals, priorities, and strategies.
Lane Livability Consortium has created a better framework for
understanding housing impacts and working across sectors and
Eugene’s Housing Opportunities