Housing Tools and Strategies

Housing affordability and availability is a long-standing and growing problem in Eugene. There is a need for a comprehensive, coordinated approach that considers the spectrum of tools and strategies available to the City to promote more housing affordability, availability, and diversity.


At the May 30, 2018 Work Session, Eugene City Council passed a motion to have staff implement a process to identify barriers to housing affordability, availability, and diversity, and to suggest, evaluate, and recommend possible strategies and tools to address the barriers. The project recommendations are due to Council on December 10, 2018.


Project Overview

The City is contracting with a consultant to facilitate a Housing Tools and Strategies Working Group. There will be four meetings to hold focused conversations with the Working Group about barriers to housing and identify tools and strategies. The City is also contracting with an economist to evaluate existing and potential tools and strategies to further inform City decision-making. At the end of the four meetings the Working Group will make recommendations to City Council on options to improve housing affordability, availability and diversity in Eugene. For more information, please see the project charter.

Community Involvement and Feedback Options:

  • The window for community feedback regarding the November 28th meeting closed on December 2nd. Community feedback will be summarized by the facilitator, shared with the working group and made available online. The full text of all feedback will be retained and included in the final packet of materials for City Council.
  • Email - HousingTools@eugene-or.gov is the project email available to send in questions and/or give feedback. This email goes to an inbox monitored by staff, not directly to Working Group members. ONLY emails sent to the Housing Tools email will be included with certainty so please make sure to use this email.

All feedback submitted through the online form and the HousingTools@eugene-or.gov email by the end of the day on December 2nd will be synthesized and shared with City Council in their packet.


The Full Text of comments and emails will also be made available to the working group as an attachment before the final meeting and will be included in the final packet to Council prior to the 12/10 Work Session.

  1. Meeting 4 - 11/28/2018
  2. Meeting 3 - 11/14/2018
  3. Meeting 2 - 10/04/2018
  4. Meeting 1 - 09/12/2018

Working Group Meeting 4: November 28, 2018

The Housing Tools and Strategies working group met for the fourth and last time on November 28, 2018. Mayor Lucy Vinis and City Manager Jon Ruiz welcomed the group members and then stayed to observe the meeting. At this final meeting, the working group deliberated and voted on which options to move forward in a final recommendation to City Council at a work session scheduled for December 10th at 5:30PM.


Before the working group began its deliberations,  they worked to deepen their understanding of the Strategy 4 options not discussed at the previous meeting and took a straw poll on these options as to know which of these to move into voting.


The group then moved into deliberations and voting on the options.  As there are over 60 options and limited time to deliberate and vote, the options that received the most support in the straw poll on November 14th were prioritized for deliberation and voting. The voting results are available below. Options that did not receive a final vote are indicated in the document and ranked based on the straw poll results from November 14th.


The online survey for community feedback closed on December 2nd. Feedback will be summarized by the facilitator, shared with City council and made available online. The full text of all feedback will be retained and included in the final packet of materials for City Council. Staff will present at a work session for City Council at 5:30 pm on December 10th.


Community and Participant Feedback

Meeting Materials

Working Group :

  1. Meetings
  2. Participants
  3. Participant Percentage by Ward

The Housing Tools and Strategies working group will meet four times. The meetings will be held at the Baker Downtown Center from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, September 12
  • Thursday, October 4
  • Wednesday, November 14
  • Wednesday, November 28

The working group meetings are open to the public and anyone who is interested is welcome to attend and listen. After each meeting, materials and a summary of the discussion will be posted below. Community feedback and questions regarding the working group meetings may be provided through an online form that will  be posted following each meeting. The feedback and questions will be summarized by the facilitator and shared with the working group at the following meeting.

Other Meetings:

Eugene City Council: December 10, 2018 (tentatively scheduled)


Past Meeting Materials:

Additional Information:

Contact Us

    1. Community Development


      Anne Fifield
    2. Economic Strategies Manager
    3. 99 W 10th Ave 
      Eugene, OR 97401 
      Ph: 541-682-5451
      Fx: 541-682-5572
      Email
Housing Affordability Graphic Displaying Income Brackets of Common Job Types in Eugene