A New Approach to Increasing Housing Affordability and Supply
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, which will deliver thousands of critically needed housing units to our community, including supporting the creation of more than 800 new affordable homes for lower income households, issuing permits for 6,000 new housing units, and increasing the supply of housing downtown by 50%. 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.
The HIP responds to a long-standing and growing housing crisis in our community where increasing rates of our population are cost burdened by housing (more than 30% of their income spent on housing), there are record low vacancy rates and over 3,000 individuals are unhoused. The HIP was created to begin to address the stabilization of housing, and more specifically, to prioritize, fund, and implement actions that will have an impact on the cost of housing.
The HIP establishes goals across the entire continuum of housing. These goals are reinforced with immediate actions planned in two- and five-year increments. The HIP will be an important tool to focus City efforts on areas of the housing continuum most in need, to provide structure for existing policies, and to develop more tools to the City’s housing toolbox.
Most importantly, the HIP will increase the number of units being built by prioritizing housing work across the organization and grounding the discussion in the resources available. The HIP sets a timeline for implementation that will address Eugene’s housing crisis strategically and efficiently and includes explicit goals that can be monitored and measured. The HIP period covers 5 years – July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2027. Council and the community will receive regular updates on HIP progress and a full report will be generated on a two-year schedule beginning in 2025.
Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis says, “The problem of housing affordability did not occur overnight, and the HIP responds in a manner that allows us to peel back the layers to make system-level impacts in a unified, deliberate and responsible manner. I look forward to the days, three and five years from now, that we can review the successes that have come out of the HIP”
For more information please visit: www.eugene-or.gov/HIP
HIP Goal Highlights:
- 250 new Safe Sleep sites spaces by end of FY23
- With our partners – complete the Emergency Shelter and Navigation Center adding 75 low-barrier shelter beds in a permanent facility
- Income Qualified:
- Support preservation of 325 Affordable Housing units
- Support the opening of 835 new Affordable Housing units
- Meet TAC goal for 263 new Permanent Supportive Housing units
- Support the opening of 129 units of mixed-income housing
- Overall Housing Supply:
- Issue permits for the construction of 6,000 housing units
- Increase the amount of housing downtown by 50% from 2021; an increase of over 1,000 units
Full HIP Goals Summary Here: