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 six months after funding is approved.
Staff is currently underway with project initiation efforts and more details will be available soon. We anticipate holding a series of stakeholder meetings in the fall, as well as having an economist evaluate existing and potential tools and strategies to further inform City decision-making.