Creating Stable, Safe Housing Opportunities for Eugene Residents
In Eugene, many individuals and families struggle to find housing they can afford. Households paying more than 30% of household income are considered to have a "housing cost burden." A majority of the renters, 54%, and 32% of homeowners in Eugene are cost burdened.
The City of Eugene works to create a range of stable, safe, and affordable housing opportunities for area residents. Eugene programs provide financial and regulatory incentives for the development of permanent, transitional and emergency housing by nonprofit partner organizations. City programs are guided through the Eugene-Springfield Consolidated Plan. Working together, our community has created over 3,000 units of permanent affordable housing.
Below are brief descriptions of the programs that help create and maintain affordable housing in our community.
Affordable Housing in Eugene
The City of Eugene does not own, operate, build, or manage housing. We collaborate with non-profit and other partners to assess the city’s housing needs, choose the best solutions to efficiently meet them and identify how to pay for them. Other city roles include allocating funds (federal, local and private) toward housing solutions in our community and supporting programs that help low-income residents find, rent, buy, retain, and repair their homes.
- Affordable Housing Development – Housing Development programs include buying existing housing, building new housing, rehabilitating housing, and project-related costs. Eugene awards funds for these projects through an annual Housing Request for Proposals (RFP) process. Subsidies for development include land, HOME Investment Partnership Program funds, system development charge waivers, and property tax exemptions. Regulatory incentives include density bonuses and reduction of parking requirements. Projects receiving funds include small developments for special need populations as well as medium sized affordable housing developments.
- Housing Rehabilitation Fund – The Housing Rehabilitation Fund (HRF) is a revolving loan fund created with CDBG funds. The HRF generates $250,000 per year which is made available for low-interest loans to rehabilitate rentals and and homes for low-income persons. This is a critical resource for maintaining the existing housing units available to low-income persons.
- Emergency Home Repair – The program offers emergency repair grants and loans of up to $5,000 to very low-income homeowners for minor repairs and accessibility features. Grants are available for accessibility improvements for rental units occupied by very low-income tenants with disabilities. About 30 repair projects are completed each year.
- Capital Grants for Emergency and Transitional Housing Facilities – This program provides grants to buy or rehabilitate facilities for nonprofit organizations that provide services for low-income persons. Such facilities include emergency and transitional housing for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
- Finding Help –The City of Eugene supports programs for homeless persons to find safe spaces through the Homeless Car Camping Program, Opportunity Village, and Rest Stops.
- Condominium and Manufactured Home Park Conversions – The City of Eugene regulates the conversion of rental units to condominiums and the closure of manufactured home parks in order to provide appropriate supports for the tenants residing there.
- Condominium Conversions - City Code
- Manufactured Home Park Closures and Regulations - City Code
- Rental Housing Code – This code creates minimum standards for habitability of rental properties and establishes a process to help renters and owners resolve concerns.
Need additional help finding services?
Contact the United Way of Lane County for assistance.
Need an Affordable Home?
The links below provide contact information for affordable housing providers in the area: