Date of Award

2014

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Urban Studies and Planning

First Advisor

Matthew Gebhardt

Subjects

Housing policy -- Oregon -- Portland, Public housing -- Oregon -- Portland, City planning -- Oregon -- Portland

DOI

10.15760/honors.76

Abstract

Rising property values and low vacancy rates have led to a high demand for affordable housing in Portland, Oregon. In order to fulfill this need, a strategy that considers development cost and potential benefits of affordable housing to the public must be put into place. In this report, I compare development cost and public benefit of two housing creation methods – new construction and rehabilitation – to determine ways to increase economic feasibility, as well as positive externalities of the development process. This inquiry is tested using a public benefit survey that was distributed to housing professionals working in Portland, Oregon. The results of the survey were then applied to four case studies developed in North and Northeast Portland, between 2005 and 2013, by a local community development corporation, Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc. The results of this report contribute to the larger goal of creating a comprehensive affordable housing plan for Portland, Oregon, which emphasizes that anyone and everyone in Portland stands to gain from the provision of housing for all.

Comments

An undergraduate honors thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in University Honors and Community Development

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/12463

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