Affordable Housing Work Continues

In May, City Council approved $9 million of Metro Affordable Housing Bond resources and $849,191 in American Rescue Plan Act funds for the construction of the South Cooper Mountain Main Street Project.
This development will fund the construction of 164 affordable housing units, 80 of which will be for seniors, in the South Cooper Mountain area. The development will be located west of Mountainside High School. A groundbreaking was held on Wednesday, Jun. 29.
The housing team continues to work hard to support the community through housing services. Through partnerships with Oregon Housing and Community Services, private developers, and property owners, the city tries to improve its housing stock and preserve affordability. In program year 2020-2021, Community Development Block Grant funding (CDBG) supported 1,301 low-income residents with housing repair and rehabilitation, rent and eviction assistance, shelter housing for teens, and low-cost homeownership opportunities. If you are looking for housing services, please visit, connect with our housing team at or call 503-629-6427.
The housing team is also encouraging the community to learn and participate in the Housing Talk Series that is being conducted with City Council. The goal is to bring experts to the table to learn and engage in conversation about important topics regarding housing, such as homeownership, anti-displacement, and housing development and funding. With these talks, City Council will prioritize funding and help guide our housing action plan. If you want to learn more, visit
For more information, contact Bianetth Valdez at 971-337-7075.

“Our city’s Housing Options Project is a great tool to help us provide a variety of housing types and at different levels of affordability. We have a lot of catching up to do, but I am hopeful about upcoming projects.”

Ashley Hartmeier-Prigg, City Councilor

“An unfortunate fact about our contemporary economy is that the cost of housing has for years been going up much faster than the incomes of our less well-paid fellow residents. With a modest investment from the city, plus a lot of hard work in support and coordination, we are able to help make more homes available to people of limited means. This is a continuous, ongoing effort by our city that will help hundreds more in the years to come.”

Marc San Soucie, Council President

“Housing justice is economic justice and I look forward to policy discussions that center housing as a right for everyone in our community.“

Nadia Hasan, City Councilor

“A healthy, sustainable community must have housing that is affordable at every stage of life and across the spectrum of income levels.”

Allison Tivnon, City Councilor