Working with Communities

The Governor’s Regional Solutions office invites you to join our effort to address the state-wide shortage of workforce housing.  In her travels across the state, Governor Kate Brown has heard from employers, workers, and local leaders that the lack of workforce housing is a constraint to continued growth and prosperity.

With Governor Brown’s leadership, state agencies have reviewed their programs to find opportunities to partner with local governments, the business sector, and housing developers to address the workforce housing shortage in Oregon. A Request for Information (RFI) was issued in September to gather information and refine the State resources that would be helpful. The RFI responses confirmed that the workforce housing shortage constrains economic growth and job creation in many communities. The RFI garnered thirty-seven responses, with 60% coming from local governments (22) and 40% coming from developers/builders (10) and businesses/employers (7). The majority originated from rural communities, but there were also several from urban areas or communities that fall within the orbit of major metropolitan areas.  Respondents offered a number of compelling ideas for how public-private partnerships could address the workforce housing shortage. 

The information collected in the RFI process informed the Request for Applications (RFA) that will be used to select several pilot projects across the state.  The Regional Solutions agencies have identified tools to support workforce housing public private partnerships, including access to loans, grants, and targeted technical assistance. We are now seeking applicants from the public, private, and non-profit sector to utilize these tools. Please visit the Oregon Housing and Community Services website for more information and for instructions on how to apply via the RFA.​



RFA Issued Date: December 11, 2017

Pre-Application Conference #1 (Optional): December 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Pre-Application Conference #2 (Optional): January 9, 2018 at 10:00 AM

RSVP to Attend Pre-Application Conference(s): Prior to Conference dates

Application Due Date: January 25, 2018

Application Due Time: 3:00 PM PDT​