First Advisor

Joseph Broach

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Community Development and University Honors


Community Development


Homeless persons -- Housing -- Oregon -- Portland, Low income housing, Geographic information systems, Land use -- Oregon -- Portland -- Planning, Housing -- Location -- Planning




Objective: The suitability index, k-index, created through this will allow for a more comprehensive system for identifying adequate housing sites. Three Permanent Supportive Housing scenarios will also be assessed.

Methods: Research concerning PSH and spatial effects on health and life outcomes were used to build the index and to identify influential factors. ArcGIS was then used to spatially relate these factors within Portland, Oregon and assign points to specified areas.

Results: Areas closer to the center of Portland had the greatest concentration of high scores, while the outer city scored lower. Part of the analysis of PSH housing scenario confirmed concerns around housing site oversight and amplifies factors that the city may be able to improve.

Conclusions: The k-index’s findings begin to create an understanding of what suitable housing locations exist in Portland and how PSH can benefit from the factors already present.


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