Housing administers public resources to expand affordable housing and infrastructure in low and moderate income communities through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the Affordable Housing Development Program (AHDP), and the home improvement loan program. Additional program funds are earmarked for future use in the purchase of a mobile home part for preservation purposes. The program preserves approximately 50 and creates approximately six affordable housing units annually. This program is a collaboration among DCHS, the city of Gresham, the city of Wood Village, the city of Fairview, the city of Troutdale, the city of Maywood Park, the city of Portland, and the community.

Affordable Housing Development Program (AHDP)

The Affordable Housing Development Program seeks to foster the development of affordable housing and home-ownership opportunities for low-income households in Multnomah County be re-purposing tax-foreclosed properties. The AHDP deeds county foreclosed properties to non-profit community development corporations for affordable housing development manages an ongoing portfolio of approximately 450 units for program compliance and real estate transactions. 
Staff Contacts:
Rose Bak
Seth Lyon

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Multnomah County manages the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grant funds to serve the residents of Troutdale, Wood Village, Maywood Park, Fairview and unincorporated areas of the county. 

Congress first created the CDBG program as a part of the Housing & Community Development Act of 1974. These grant funds are awarded to cities and urban counties for housing, social services, and community development project. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development administers the program at the national level, but community planning takes place at the local level. Information on the CDBG Program can be accessed on HUD’s website.

The major objectives of the CDBG Program are:

  1. Meeting the needs of low- and moderate-income individuals and households.
  2. Eliminating and preventing the creation of slums and blight. 
  3. Meeting other urgent housing and community development needs.

In past years, Multnomah County’s CDBG program, in collaboration with the cities of East Multnomah County has funded public facilities, programs, and improvements.  These projects have included parks and neighborhood livability improvements, street and sewer infrastructure upgrades, housing rehabilitation, transitional housing for homeless families, and social services.  

Since its creation in 1984, the county’s CDBG program has invested over $14.6 million dollars in housing, social services, and community development projects that have benefited low- and moderate-income individuals and communities in Multnomah County. 

For information on Multnomah County’s CDBG program, contact Janet Hawkins, Program Specialist Senior, DCHS Youth & Family Services Division, 503-988-3707 or janet.c.hawkins@multco.us