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. In 2019, City Council established Eugene’s CET as a dedicated revenue stream for the AHTF, collecting 0.5% on the construction of new structures and additions to existing structures in Eugene. Over the past three years, the CET has generated $3.3 million for local Affordable Housing developments and services. The City has also contributed $2 million to the AHTF.
Since its creation, the AHTF has supported outcomes to increase affordable housing options for lower-income community members. These efforts align with City housing goals outlined in the Housing Implementation Pipeline (HIP), a framework adopted by the City Council in 2022.
Some key AHTF outcomes for Fiscal Years 2020 through 2023 (July 2019 through June 2023) include:
- Leveraging Resources: AHTF housing development funds totaling $2.3 million will leverage approximately $45 million, to support the construction of 178 new units of Affordable Housing in Eugene.
- Creating New Homes: Developments awarded AHTF include 74 new owner-occupied homes, 56 permanent supportive housing units for individuals exiting homelessness, 38 permanent supportive housing units for those with conviction histories, and 10 transitional units for Veterans emerging from homelessness.
- Preventing Homelessness: AHTF direct service funds of $488,000 played a pivotal role in keeping over 100 local families and individuals in their homes during the pandemic, offering rental assistance and foreclosure prevention. An additional $290,000 in emergency rent relief funds will assist an estimated 110 Eugene households in maintaining housing over the next year.
- Supporting New, Low-Income Homeowners: $281,000 in AHTF Down payment assistance, affirmatively marketed to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, is empowering low-income households to purchase homes in Eugene.
A nine-member Advisory Committee of community members plays a crucial role in advising City staff on the allocation of AHTF funds and recommending projects. The City Council makes the final decision for AHTF development awards. Housing developments supported by the AHTF include:
- Peace Village Cooperative – new construction of 70 owner-occupied tiny homes for low-income households.
- Williams Place – new construction of 10 units of transitional housing for veterans experiencing homelessness.
- The Coleman – new construction of a mixed-use development of 38 apartments and on-site support services for people with conviction histories.
- Bridges on Broadway – conversion of a former hotel into 56 units of Permanent Supportive Housing serving people experiencing chronic homelessness.
- Grant Street Grow Homes – new construction of four new homes that will be available for purchase by low-income households.
The City of Eugene remains committed to addressing the critical need for affordable housing, and the success of the CET and AHTF programs are part of efforts across the community to help tackle the housing challenge in Eugene.
A copy of the full report as well as additional information on the projects supported by the AHTF is available on the City’s website: eugene-or.gov/affordablehousingfund.