HTS Working Group

Project Overview

The City contracted with a consultant to facilitate a Housing Tools and Strategies Working Group. There were four meetings on focused conversations with the Working Group about barriers to housing and tools and strategies were identified. The City also contracted with Strategic Economics to evaluate existing and potential tools and strategies to further inform City decision-making. The Strategic Economics report can be accessed at this link.


The Housing Tools and Strategies Working Group was comprised of 35 community members ranging in interest, skills, involvement, and advocacy for housing development. More details about the Working Group can be found below.

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

The working group meetings were open to the public and anyone who was interested was welcome to attend and listen. Materials and a summary of the discussion have been posted to this site. Community feedback and questions regarding the working group meetings may be provided through the housing tools and strategies contact email- HousingTools@eugene-or.gov. 

At the end of the four meetings the Working Group voted on recommendations to improve housing affordability, availability and diversity in Eugene. The meeting materials and summaries are included below.

  1. Meeting 1- September 12, 2018
  2. Meeting 2- October 4, 2018
  3. Meeting 3- November 14, 2018
  4. Meeting 4- November 28, 2018

Past Meeting Materials:

Working Group Meeting 1: September 12, 2018

The Housing Tools and Strategies working group held their first meeting with 30 of the participants in attendance. Mayor Lucy Vinis attended the meeting and welcomed our volunteer working group participants. There was robust conversation from multiple vantage points representing housing advocacy, developers/builders, neighborhoods, young professionals, and housing consumers across all income levels.


The group explored the challenges around housing including who's impacted and how and identified broader community impacts beyond those directly impacted. The group identified housing as a "wicked problem" with tensions and trade-offs between competing values and needs. They also explored the deep complexity of the problem, and it became clear that the barriers to housing are more than financial.


September 12, 2018 Meeting Materials: