Tomorrow, come and show your support for Inclusionary Housing: This policy will make sure that, in every new market-rate development with 20 or more units, there will be units that will be affordable to families making 80% or 60% Median Family Income (about $59,000 or $44,000, respectively for a family of four), or more.

This well-calibrated policy will go a long way toward realizing truly mixed-income communities, and is one key tool to help level the playing field for working families.

To come and show your support, join us and the whole Inclusionary Housing coalition:

i-heart-housing-choices-buttonPortland City Hall
9:00am, Tuesday December 13
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 130
Portland, OR 97204
(Note: 2 minutes spoken is about one page written, 1.5 spaced, 12 Times font.)

If you can’t make it in person, please consider sending a letter to City Council at cctestimony@portlandoregon.gov.

Here are some social media tips from OPAL Environmental Justice, and here is a link to the Facebook event.

NOTE: Check back here for confirmation of a second hearing, either Thursday December 15 or Thursday December 22. 

Want to learn more about Inclusionary Housing?
The Oregon State Legislature passed a bill in March 2016, allowing cities to require affordable housing in larger multi-dwelling projects. Known as Inclusionary Housing, Oregon was previously the only state, other than Texas, where this approach to affordable housing provision was prohibited. The Portland Bureau of Housing (PHB) spearheaded the City’s development of an Inclusionary Housing Program and began to set program requirements with input from community members, a panel of experts, economic consultants, and an inter-bureau technical team made up of representatives from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), the Bureau of Development Services and the Office of the City Attorney. In conjunction, with PHB efforts, BPS began crafting updates to Portland Zoning Code regulations to implement the program and add affordable housing density bonuses granted for projects that comply with program requirements.

Documents & Resources:
Further information on the Inclusionary Housing Program
The Proposed Draft of the Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project.
Here is an overview of IH in Oregon from Housing Land Advocates. 


November 23:

We have two more days to send Portland City Council a strong, unified message: The Residential Infill Project is headed in the right direction, and it can be made even stronger in key ways. Here is a quick note that you can use/adapt and send directly to Council, at: cctestimony@portlandoregon.gov 

Dear Mr. Mayor and Commissioners,

Thank you for your time and your work to bring more abundant & affordable housing options to more Portlanders.

I would like to quickly remind Council of how important this suite of proposals can be to increasing more families’ ability to find housing that meets their needs, and to encourage you to direct staff to further the proposal in key ways.

I support the Residential Infill Project:

  • The RIP Concept Report is headed in the right direction, introducing much-needed flexibility and housing options into our residential neighborhoods.
  • The RIP will help provide more home-ownership opportunities for middle-income and lower-income Portlanders.
  • The RIP better meets the rental and home ownership needs of more Portlanders – our household sizes are getting smaller, and more families are looking for inter-generational living.
  • The RIP reduces energy use, and supports transit, walking & biking, and Portland’s climate goals.

The proposal can go further in key ways:

  • By following the steps outlined in the Internal Conversions Report, the proposal can be strengthened by making conversions the easier and more economical choice over a tear-down.
  • Though currently neutral on both, the proposal can be strengthened to provide much more flexibility and incentives for tree preservation and accessibility.
  • The RIP can benefit even more families in two ways:
    • Extend the “middle,” ADU, and other housing opportunities of the Housing Opportunity Overlay Zone to all of Portland.
    • Direct staff to provide meaningful incentives & flexibility to non-profits and others if they provide permanently-affordable units.

Thank you again for your time and consideration at this critical moment,


More info. & resources on how to testify: 

There are many ways to testify – just make sure that you do. Stories from the community about your housing experience, and what could help you and your family, are exactly what Portland City Council needs to hear. You can testify:

i-heart-housing-choices-buttonIn person at hearings on the 9th & 16th:
Both are in Council Chambers, at City Hall
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 130
Portland, OR 97204
(Note: 2 minutes spoken is about one page written, 1.5 spaced, 12 Times font.)

We need you to speak up, and let our city leaders know that we need abundant, diverse and affordable housing options in ALL Portland neighborhoods.
You can also:

Sign Portland for Everyone’s letter in support of diverse housing options in all residential neighborhoods before November 16. Or, download a PDF, sign, & mail in, or use it as inspiration for your own letter.

Call City Council:
(503) 823-4082

Email City Council:

Here are some more folks’ stories from around the Portland community. 

Write/email your own letter! Here are some examples from P4E, partners, & individuals:
Portland for Everyone’s letter
Project updates & P4E Recommendations in slideshow form (11/03/16)
Summaries, opinions & more information can also be found on the P4E Blog.
The White House’s recent report on housing affordability strategies. Go ahead – quote the White House in your testimony!
AARP Oregon’s Letter
Talking Points from some tree preservation experts
Oregon Opportunity Network’s letter
Alan DeLaTorre, urban gerontologist with PSU’s Institute on Aging
Portlanders for Parking Reform

Chris Dearth’s recent Op-Ed in the SW Portland Post
Living Cully’s Letter
Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives’ Letter

Resources & Documents:
Bureau of Planning & Sustainability’s Recommended Concept Report (October 2016/current)
Summary of Recommended Concept Report (October 2016/current)
Slideshow Summary BPS presented to PSC (October 2016)
Research & appendices for the Recommended Concept Report, including economic analysis, internal conversion report, and Floor Area Ratio memo, can be found here via the project web page.
Bureau of Planning & Sustainability’s Draft Concept Report (June 2016)
A new platform, Open:Housing, is curating news and information on housing in Portland. 

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The La Bonita, built in 1929. These sought-after bungalow apartments are now illegal in Portland’s single-dwelling zones.

The Residential Infill Project is exploring ways to adapt Portland’s single-dwelling zoning rules to meet the needs of current and future generations. In response to community concerns about demolitions and the scale of new homes, as well as the supply of housing in Portland, Residential Infill Project staff and the Stakeholder Advisory Committee were tasked with developing proposals to address three topics: (1) Reducing the size of houses (2) increasing the range of housing types (3) historically narrow lots. Increasingly, the project has also come to address the rate of demolitions, increasing housing costs and the loss of affordability, and lack of housing choices, especially in high-opportunity neighborhoods. Visit the project webpage for more information. 

Schedule for adoption of the Residential Infill Project:
Oct 25  Planning & Sustainability Commission project briefing (no testimony- meeting starts at 4:00 pm- agenda available one week prior to meeting)
Nov 1   City Council staff briefing/work session (9:30 am- no testimony)
Nov 9   City Council public hearing (2:00 pm time certain)
Nov 16  City Council public hearing continued, deliberation/vote (2:00 pm)
Dec 7   City Council deliberation/vote, if needed (2:00 pm)
2017:  Begin code development process; include a Discussion Draft for public review (late spring/early summer), followed by public hearings at the Planning and Sustainability Commission, before going back to City Council for a final decision.