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City Council to consider Portland’s future housing needs at a public hearing on Dec. 6

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Community members are invited to testify on the Housing Needs Analysis and Buildable Lands Inventory after staff brief the commissioners.

Over the past year, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff have been conducting in-depth analyses and engagement around housing needs in Portland. This work is important because we must meet the community’s need for more housing based on accurate information and projections for population growth and demographics, zoning capacity, economic factors and more.

On Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m., City Council will hold a public hearing on the City’s 2045 Housing Needs Analysis (HNA) and Buildable Lands Inventory (BLI). These reports cover housing market conditions, existing population and households, as well as housing forecasts and analyses of the capacity for new households in 2045.

Review the Recommended Draft of the 2045 Housing Needs Analysis

Why is this important?

The need for more housing that is affordable to lower income households ― as well as units that are age-friendly, accessible, and/or adequate for families ― is apparent. The HNA analyzes the data and identifies housing that Portlanders will need for the next 20 years. It also identifies the need for a variety of housing types (family-sized units, affordable housing, accessible/visitable) that are affordable to current and future households.

Key takeaways from the HNA

Portland has more than enough zoned development capacity to accommodate projected household growth. The challenge is developing housing for different types of households and their needs.

  • Overall production. Portland needs to support the development of 120,560 new units of housing by 2045 ― an average of 5,200 units per year. Additionally, to align with Governor Tina Kotek’s statewide housing production strategy, the City should “catch-up” the units from underproduction and for households experiencing houselessness and build another 55,000 units by 2032, roughly, 6,000 units per year.
  • Affordable housing. Approximately 31% (88,000) of current Portland households are low-income and cost-burdened, which means they spend more than 30% of their income on housing expenses. The housing forecast identifies a need for 63,000 new affordable units by 2045 ― 53% of expected demand. These units need to be affordable to households with incomes at or below 80% of area median income (AMI), which in in 2023 is $90,240 for a four-person household.
  • Age-friendly and accessible housing. As the number of older adults increases, establishing “aging-in-community” housing practices becomes even more significant, driving demand for intergenerational housing, small easy-to-maintain dwellings, assisted-living facilities, and age-restricted developments. 12% of Portland’s population has a disability, and 22% of all households include members with disabilities. That number is even higher (56%) for households with extremely low income (0-30% AMI), and 33% of people over 65 have at least one disability, increasing the need for accessible units.
  • Family-sized housing. 23% of Portland households have children (0-18 years), and more than one-third (37%) of households with children are low-income households. If these household trends continue, 30% of new housing units ― an additional 28,000 family-sized (2+ bedrooms) units ― are needed by 2045 to accommodate households with three or more people.
  • Houseless housing need. In 2022, 5,228 people were counted as experiencing houselessness in Multnomah Co., a 30% increase since 2019. Black or African-American residents are over-represented in the houseless population (15% compared to 5% of the overall population). At least 4,604 additional housing units are needed for households currently experiencing houselessness.

Tell City Council what you think

Community members are invited to review the draft Housing Needs Analysis and Buildable Lands Inventory and testify in writing or in person to the City Council.

The hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. will be a hybrid format, with options to participate in person at the Portland Building, Lizzie Weeks Room, or virtually using a computer, mobile device or telephone. Commissioners will attend the meeting virtually due to renovations in Council Chambers. You must sign up to testify in advance. To testify before City Council in person or virtually:

  • Sign up online.
  • Visit the Council Agenda.
  • Visit the 311 Customer Service Desk in the Portland Building or call 311.
  • Visit the Auditor’s Office on the first floor of City Hall, Room 130.

Registration for virtual testimony closes one hour before the Council meeting. After registering for virtual testimony, an invitation will be sent by email at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting with information about providing virtual testimony. In-person testifiers must sign up before the agenda item is called. After registering for in-person testimony, the Clerk will call your name for you to present your testimony to Council. Learn what to expect when attending a Council meeting. Individuals have three minutes to testify unless stated otherwise at the hearing. Email the Council Clerk with questions or text CLERK to855-625-2050 with questions during the meeting.

Use the Map App

The written record will close on Friday, December 8, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

Testify in writing via the Map App

Click on "2045 Portland Housing Needs Analysis," then click the "Testify" button. Testifying in the Map App is as easy as sending an email.

U.S. Mail

Portland Planning Commission
Housing Needs Analysis and Buildable Land Inventory Testimony
1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Room 130
Portland, OR 97204


Tom Armstrong

Supervising Planner, Planning and Sustainability

Ariel Kane

City Planner II, Planning and Sustainability