Housing Implementation Pipeline (HIP)
The Eugene City Council approved three Low Income Rental Housing Property Tax Exemptions (LIRHPTEs) on January 22, a decision that will contribute to the creation and preservation of 285 affordable housing units. Read on...
A recent two-year review of City’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) highlights the outcomes achieved through Eugene’s Construction Excise Tax (CET) and the programs it funds. Read on...
In December 2021, the Eugene City Council approved the use of $1.9 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to support four local housing developments for low-income families and individuals. Learn more about ARPA affordable housing funds ...
In December 2021 and January 2022, the Eugene City Council approved six Low Income Rental Housing Property Tax Exemptions (LIRHPTEs) that will create or maintain more than 200 units (with more than 400 bedrooms) of affordable housing. Learn more about property tax exemptions . . .
On Monday, January 24 the Eugene City Council unanimously approved the Housing Implementation Pipeline (HIP) a new cross-departmental, five-year internal work plan for the City organization. Learn more about the HIP . . .
A New Approach to Increasing Housing Affordability and Supply
Housing affordability and supply is a long-standing and growing problem in Eugene. There are two paths to housing affordability: a) stabilize the cost of housing and b) raise incomes. The latter is the continued focus of the City’s economic prosperity efforts with local partners. To stabilize housing, and more specifically, to prioritize, fund, and implement actions that will have an impact on the cost of housing, staff created the Housing Implementation Pipeline.
The City of Eugene implemented numerous policies and plans over the last several years that emphasize housing as an urgent community need and demonstrate a pro-housing agenda across the City organization. Through the 2023-2026 City of Eugene Strategic Plan, the City Council established several strategic goals related to housing and compact development:
- Mitigate the impacts of homelessness on unhoused individuals and the community
- Stabilize the cost of housing
- Increase the vibrancy, economic vitality, and livability of downtown
The actions supporting these strategic goals align closely with ongoing HIP efforts to achieve housing and homelessness outcomes, including capacity for shelter operations and supportive services, supporting efforts to preserve and construct Affordable Housing units, Permanent Supportive Housing units, and Moderate-Income Housing units, and developing an Anti-Displacement Action Plan, among many others.
The Housing Implementation Pipeline (HIP) is an internal, cross-departmental, 5-year work plan for the City organization. This work plan coordinates current and future City resources, goals, and priorities with a systems-thinking approach to housing across the full continuum from people experiencing homelessness to overall housing supply. Importantly, there are several initiatives in the HIP that will require working closely with partners to be successful.
The HIP work plan period began July 1, 2022 and concludes June 30, 2027. The HIP will be reviewed and updated on a two year schedule to occur in year 3 (2025) and year 5 (2027)
HIP Appendix Documents
Housing affordability and supply is a long-standing and growing problem in Eugene. There are two paths to increasing housing affordability: a) stabilize the cost of housing and b) raise incomes. The latter is the continued focus of the City’s economic prosperity efforts with local partners. To stabilize housing, and more specifically, to prioritize, fund, and implement actions that will have an impact on the cost of housing, staff created the draft HIP. The HIP sets out the City’s internal cross-departmental workplan over the next five years. It creates a policy framework connecting funding sources and actions, while clearly showing how actions meet goals identified across the housing continuum. The HIP incorporates the City’s existing tools and goals; and identifies opportunities to explore implementation of new tools that will enable the City to work towards achieving housing affordability.
Council received an update on the HIP creation work on October 13, 2021 and reviewed a draft of the HIP on November 10, 2021 (see the Agenda Item Summary for additional background information). Council discussed the HIP and downtown housing on December 13, 2021.
During November and December and building off of the extensive public engagement of the Housing Tools & Strategies (HTS) work (HTS Action Inventory), staff presented the draft HIP document to the following committees/boards to inform and seek input on the section(s) of the HIP that pertain to their purposes: Equity Panel, Housing Policy Board, Planning Commission, Affordable Housing Trust Fund Advisory Committee, and the two urban renewal advisory groups. While no formal action was taken by the advisory groups, they were supportive of the work.