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Grants & Tax Credits

The Development Resources and Production Section works in cooperation with local partners to provide viable financing packages in order to carry out the department’s mission to develop and preserve affordable housing, linked with appropriate services, throughout Oregon.

OHCS's grant and tax credit programs are listed below:

Grant Programs

Program Overview:​

The GHAP expands the state's supply of housing for low and very low-income Oregonians. GHAP resources support two primary activities:

  • Develop affordable ​multifamily housing.

  • Increase the capacity of OHCS partners to meet the state’s affordable housing needs. 

All projected uses are subject to revenue availability. 25% of GHAP funds are set aside to support Veterans.​

Program Overview:​​

OHCS offers GHAP resources to support our housing provider's capacity to develop and maintain assets.

Capacity-building activities increases our partners ability to develop, preserve, and operate affordable housing. OHCS funds the following activities to achieve the program goals:​

  • Capacity Building Activity Grants

  • Training and Technical Assistance

For more information, Edward Brown ​at (971) 218-1519.​​

Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program Overview

The HOME program provides federal funds from HUD to develop affordable housing. The OHCS Affordable Rental Housing Division administers the HOME program for the State of Oregon, allocating HOME resources to "balance of state" communities whose populations do not meet population requirements to have their own direct allocation of HOME funding from HUD. 

Currently, eligible activities under the State’s program align with priorities identified in the Oregon Statewide Housing Plan and include:

  • Acquisition, new construction and rehabilitation of affordable rental housing,

  • Tenant-based rental assistance through the OHCS HOME Tenant-based Assistance Program. 

Activities funded must benefit low- and very low-income households.

Participating Jurisdictions (PJs) in metro areas with an allocation of HOME funding directly from HUD base their program priorities on their local Consolidated Plans.  Each participating jurisdiction's program will have different components and requirements. 

Contact information for the local HOME PJs listed below is maintained on the Oregon HUD webpage.

City of Beaverton

City of Eugene
City of Gresham
City of Portland
City of Salem
City of Springfield
Clackamas County
Multnomah County
Washington County

Compliance-related information for HOME projects can be found on the OHCS Housing Compliance and Monitoring webpage.  

For more information about the OHCS HOME Program, contact Andrea Matthiessen​ at (503) 986-0963.​​

How to Apply?

Before You Apply: How it Works

Funding Opportunities

Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDO)


HUD CHDO Certification Requirements​

Program Materials​

Program Fact​sheet

 Program Manual

HOME Compliance Manual

​HUD Exchange Resources for HOME​

Program Overview:

The Housing Development Grant Program (“Trust Fund”) was created to expand Oregon’s housing supply for low- and very low-income families and individuals by providing funds for new construction or to acquire and/or rehabilitate existing structures.

Trust Fund applications are accepted during OHCS’ Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) application process. The maximum funding amount for any one project is $500,000 per funding cycle. Applicants are encouraged to leverage grant dollars with other public and private funds. Preference will be given to projects with resident services geared towards the needs of the residents (i.e. daycare, job counseling, emergency assistance, finance management). Trust Fund dollars are allocated throughout Oregon based on regional unmet needs.

How to Apply?

​The HUD 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) program allows persons with disabilities to live as independently as possible in the community by subsidizing rental housing opportunities which provide access to appropriate supportive services.

Funding Opportunities for Development

In partnership with Oregon Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority, OHCS will accept applications for Project Rental Assistance for new, acquired and rehabilitated or existing affordable housing projects funded by LIHTC, HOME, National Housing Trust Fund, and other state funding programs. This health care/housing agency partnership allows for affordable supportive housing for persons with disabilities. No funds are available for construction or rehabilitation.

Application submittals are contingent on availability of HUD funding. Application awards and Project Rental Assistance Contracts are also contingent upon a housing development project receiving development funding approval from Oregon’s Housing Stability Council, and the completion of an environmental review. Funded projects, new or rehabilitated, with awarded Project Rental Assistance Contract must meet placement in service timelines as established by HUD and or OHCS.

Program Overview:

Legislative action in 2001 created funding for the new OR-MEP. Funds can be used to increase the efficiency of heating and other uses of energy in multifamily housing. Improvements may include installing energy efficient:

  • Insulation

  • Windows

  • Appliances

  • Light fixtures

  • Other energy-reducing activities

Applications are open to all income-eligible projects - NOFA and non-NOFA. Participation is easier than ever. Three participation pathways offer flexible options customized to each project’s needs.

OHCS encourages NOFA and bond funded projects to leverage OHCS weatherization funds. Projects can get a conditional reservation in advance of the NOFA application.

How to Apply?

Program Overview:​

The National Housing Trust Fund (HTF) is a formula grant program to be administered by states which is intended to increase and preserve the supply of decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing, primarily rental housing, for extremely low-income and very low-income households.

HUD has developed the proposed program rule for the Housing Trust Fund to mirror the HOME Program regulations in an effort to consolidate similar programs, improve the coordination of local and regional planning efforts and activity delivery, and reduce the administrative burden placed on grantees overall. Many of the HTF requirements are similar to HOME.

How to Apply?

Before You Apply: How it Works

Funding Opportunities

Program Materials:
​For more information, Andrea Matthiessen at (503) 986-0963.​​

Tax Credit Programs

Program Overview:

The AWHTC Program offers a state income tax credit to investors who incur costs to develop agriculture workforce housing. Recipients may apply the tax credit to 50 percent of the eligible costs. The costs are actually paid or incurred to complete a farmworker housing project. The total amount of available credits for each calendar year is $3.625 million. There are funds set-aside for on-farm projects of $750,000. Recipients may transfer 100% of the credit to a contributor of the project.​

How to get funding?

 OHCS Policy and Partner Engagement

For more information, Martin Jarvis​ at (971) 388-6029​.

​Visit the HUD 811 Housing Development Funding webpage at the link below:

​HUD 811 PRA Housing Development 

Program Overview:

The LIHTC program provides tax credits for developers to:

  • construct,​

  • rehabilitate, or

  • acquire and rehabilitate qualified low-income rental housing.

These development projects include multifamily and single-family rental housing units. Eligible applicants include both for-profit and nonprofit sponsors. OHCS issues these credits through a competitive Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) process. There is also a non-competitive application process available. 

The department reserves and allocates 9%  and 4% tax credits on eligible properties. The department set aside a minimum of 10 percent of the credit authority for each calendar year. This applies to​ nonprofit sponsors. OHCS has another discretionary set-aside of 35 percent for preservation.​​​

How to get funding?

Program Overview:

The OAHTC Program provides a state income tax credit for affordable housing loans. It applies for loans for which a lender reduces the interest rate by up to four percent. 

Applications must show a 20-year term that the they will pass on the tax credit benefit to reduce tenants rent. Exceptions to this are available to manufactured parks and preservation projects.​

How to get funding?

 Policy and Partner Engagement

For more information, contact Martin Jarvis​ at (971) 388-6029.

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