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Housing Production Strategy

  • The housing production strategy project will create a plan to address Gresham’s unmet housing needs.

    • The project will include a focus on housing equity with public input.
    • This plan includes tools, policies and actions.
    • The project is part of the City’s overall housing efforts.

    Housing production strategy is the second phase in the City's planning to support a variety of housing options. It includes the housing production needed to provide fair and equitable housing for all.

    • Phase 1: What Gresham has and needs: Housing capacity analysis, completed October 2021 
    • Phase 2: Strategies to get us there: Housing Production Strategy, beginning winter 2022 
    • Phase 3: Implementation, expected 2023 

    Project information 

    • Status and Updates
    • Project Background
    • Project Documents
    • Contact
    Status and Updates

    Project schedule

    • Project kick-off: Refining the schedule and recruiting a project advisory group; winter 2022
      Gathering data and feedback: Collecting and analyzing data and public engagement; winter/spring 2022. 
      Strategies to meet future housing needs: Using what we learn to develop action measures; spring/summer 2022  
    • Draft and final HPS report: summer/fall/ 2022
    • Housing Production Strategy adoption: winter/spring 2023 

    Public involvement efforts to include: 

    • Interviews and focus groups with: 
      • Housing developers (people who design or build housing or land developers) 
      • Housing consumers (owners and renters; also including property managers) 
      • Housing service providers (organizations that run shelters or provide transitional, supportive, affordable, cooperative or special housing)
    • Public open houses
    • Project advisory group meetings
    • Planning Commission work sessions and hearings
    • Council round tables meetings and hearings 
    Project Background

    There is a housing crisis. Not just in Oregon, but nationwide. 

    In 2019, the Oregon State legislature passed House Bill 2003 to help local communities meet the diverse housing needs of Oregonians. The law requires Gresham to study future housing needs of its residents and develop strategies to encourage production of needed housing.

    • The bill requires Gresham to analyze what housing is needed every six years for both current and future residents (Housing Capacity Analysis).
    • The bill then requires every city to adopt a Housing Production Strategy. The strategy includes specific tools, actions and policies to promote the development of all identified housing needs – such as revising regulations or providing financial incentives. 

    The HPS overlaps with the City's housing priorities in the 2021 Council Work Plan. It is included in the Housing and Houselessness project and directly relates to the Council’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion project. 

    Why this work is important 

    Gresham will need more than 6,000 new dwelling units in the next 20 years and a wider variety of housing types than is currently being built.

    Based on census estimates, about 44% of Gresham’s households are paying more than 30% of their income on rent (cost burdened) and 21% are paying more than 50% (severely cost burdened).  These percentages are higher in Gresham than elsewhere in Multnomah County. The cost burden of Gresham residents varies by ownership status. About 64% of Gresham renters are cost burdened, and about 28% of Gresham homeowners are cost burdened. 

    Cost burden also varies by race and ethnicity. In the Portland metro region, the percentage of households paying more than 30% of their income in rent are:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 54%
    • Asian: 39%
    • Black or African American: 53%
    • Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 25%
    • White: 46%
    • Hispanic or Latino (of all races): 57%

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    Project Documents

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    Terra Wilcoxson, Senior Planner