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Agency Annual Report

Building Oregon’s Future: 2023 Annual Report

Oregon Housing and Community Services is the state’s housing finance agency and provides resources for Oregonians to reduce poverty and increase access to safe, stable, and affordable housing.

This Annual Report highlights and documents the work of Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) in 2023. It includes key data points, stories, program and policy updates, photos, and more. This work would not be possible without agency partners across Oregon. OHCS is just one of many organizations across the state working to address Oregon’s housing challenges.

Through this report, you will see that together, we can build a better future for Oregon.

2023 by the numbers

In 2023, the agency launched more data dashboards than ever before.


Homeownership dashboard

1,993 people were served through homeownership counseling and education.


Affordable Rental Housing Dashboard

Over $405 million in funding was allocated to build or preserve over 3,892 homes serving 1,137 households at or below 50% of area median income


Agricultural Worker Housing Study

1 in 4 farmworkers interviewed said they want to own their own home but face barriers.


County Profiles Dashboard

66% of Oregonians who are white are homeowners while only 44% of Oregonians who are Hispanic/Latino/a/x are homeowners.


Affordable Rental Housing Preservation Dashboard

OHCS anticipates over 4,700 homes are slated to lose affordability in the next 5 years. This means rents for these homes will convert to market rate unless affordability is preserved.


Minority, Women-owned Emerging Small Businesses (MWESB) Dashboard

MWESB firms made up of 27% of total development costs of the 35 projects completed in 2023. This is an increase of $48 million invested in MWESB firms compared to 2022.


OHCS Emergency Homeless Response Dashboard

OHCS suprassed all three housing goals set by the governor in emergency shelter, rehousing unshletered households, and homeless prevention.

Funding for affordable housing

In 2023, OHCS allocated over $436 million to create affordable rental and homeownership opportunities across the state.

This is a map showing all the places in Oregon OHCS has invested in affordable housing development with blue dots showing rental housing and orange dots showing homeownership. There are many more blue dots than orange dots because the agency has invested more in affordable rental housing development. The dots correlate with population, so both colors of dots dots show more developments in the Portland region and the I-5 corridor.

Responding to Oregon’s housing crisis

Governor Tina Kotek proposed three actionable goals to be achieved by January 10, 2024. The agency was able to surpass all three goals.


low-barrier shelter beds created


unsheltered households rehoused


households prevented from experiencing homelessness

In 2023, OHCS saw the largest investment in housing statewide from the Oregon legislature.

Pathways home

OHCS invested in energy-efficient upgrades and construction in homes throughout the state through the Oregon Multifamily Energy Program (OR-MEP).

OR-MEP energy upgrades

OR-MEP energy construction

$2.5 million
in funding for energy-efficent upgrades to buildings

$5.7 million
kilowatt hours saved through energy-efficent construction

19 projects
selected to receive funding

in reduced electric utility cost

1,000 homes
impacted with utility cost savings

2,200 homes
impacted with utility cost savings


households served by permanent supportive housing


manufactured homes replaced


households assisted with full recovery from wildfires

Building more homes

OHCS awarded over $31 million in LIFT funding, which supported 13 affordable housing developments, totaling 265 units.

Beyond housing

OHCS focused on customer service in 2023 responding to over 1,000 constituent requests. 2023 also marked the first full year with an ombudsperson available to address constituent concerns regarding OHCS programs and services they are receiving.


households received energy assistance


households received payment for furnace repair or replacement


households received water and wastewater utility assistance

Navigation centers across Oregon

This map displays a map of Oregon with the names and locations of navigation centers around the state. The centers are Bybee Lakes Hope Center in Portland, Yamhill Community Action Partnership Nav Center in McMinnville, Lighthouse Navigation Center in Bend, Gloria Center in The Dalles, City of Salem Nav Center in Salem, City of Medford Nav Center in Medford, Gary Leif in Roseburg, and River Avenue in Eugene

New programs and improving agency practice: Expanding Medicaid coverage to housing

On September 28, 2022, the Centers for Medicare, and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Oregon’s Section 1115 waiver demonstration (OHP), with an effective date of October 1, 2022, through September 2027.

The 1115 Medicaid Waiver allows for Medicaid to cover health-related social needs such as food, housing, and climate-related resources. This is the first of its kind in the nation. OHCS is a partner in this work with the Oregon Health Authority, which administers OHP.

Over this five-year period, OHP will use the more than $1 billion of federal resources to create a more equitable system through initiatives related to addressing health inequities, continuous eligibility, coverage expansion, and health related social needs. OHCS staff is currently participating in design and implementation workgroups.

Oregon was also recognized for its leadership through its work on the 1115 Medicaid Waiver. The National Council of State Housing Agencies presented OHCS with the 2023 Award for Program Excellence.

Centering equity and partnerships

The By and For Initiative, Native American Tribes of Oregon (BAFI-NATO) program, is a significant initiative that provides state funds to create or support existing local programs to prevent and reduce homelessness in Tribal communities.


households received energy assistance


households received payment for furnace repair or replacement

OHCS staff were out and about throughout Oregon in a variety of ways in 2023.

Community voice


Angie was unhoused and struggling with health issues. With the help of local housing assistance agencies, she found safe and stable housing.


After a long wait, Evan finally received the keys to his new homes after struggling to find a safe and warm place to sleep every night.


Through the help of Franklin Avenue Shelter, John was able to address his medical needs and find a path to access safe and stable housing.


Daisy is a recipient of down payment assistance, helping her prevent eviction and stay in her home.


Through the Manufactured Housing Replacement program recipient, Howard made his home safe and prevented eviction.


Lucy has seen the positive impact Sequoia Crossings, a new affordable housing development, has made in her local community.