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Oregon's Statewide Housing Plan

An Overview
Oregon Housing and Community Services is placing a greater emphasis on strategic planning and the way we invest our resources. Over the past several years we have been restructuring, refocusing and reimagining our department. Our work has led to a greater emphasis on data, research and customer service. In 2017, we are carrying that effort forward with the development of the Statewide Housing Plan.

The plan will clearly articulate the extent of Oregon's housing problem and what can be done to address it. OHCS has committed to the Housing Stability Council and our stakeholders that the plan will be responsive to the needs of the state delivered to the legislature and include elements of our equity agenda. To accomplish this task OHCS has hired Cogan Owens Greene EcoNorthwest and CommonWorks Consulting to help deliver this important body of work.

The Plan will include:

Understanding the problem to be addressed is key to innovation and making investments that are lasting.

The plan will examine what is working to deliver more housing where there is the greatest need. How can Oregon take advantage of the best thinking and efforts to provide housing stability to our residents?

OHCS has a limited role in addressing the housing problems facing Oregonians. Partners are key to our success and ability to help people living in poverty. We will keep our partners' missions at the front of our strategic planning work. The plan will lay out strategies on how we will make our investments and how funding will be prioritized.

Our stakeholders will know how we will implement our strategies and efforts. OHCS will lay out metrics that help achieve our goal to provide safe, decent and affordable housing and work to reduce the impacts of the housing crisis.

The Plan's expected results:

  • Clear articulation of the state of housing in Oregon.
  • Clear articulation of the role of the state and the role of our partners, including other state departments, developers, and agencies working to reduce the impacts of poverty on low-income people.
  • Reliable data that allows decision makers to consider impacts and alternatives.
  • Goals and metrics that can be reached with existing resources.
  • Clear direction for implementation.

How will The Plan get done?

Our partners and stakeholders are leaders in providing effective solutions to their communities. We will work closely with them to mobilize our resources in helping to address statewide community needs. We will launch a stakeholder engagement process that is meaningful and deliberate.

If you have questions, comments or concerns, please contact:

Shoshanah Oppenheim
Planning and Policy Manager

Oregon's Statewide Housing Plan

Shoshanah Oppenheim
Planning and Policy Manager

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