Affordable Housing Trust Fund

What is the Affordable Housing Trust Fund?

The Affordable Housing Trust Fund provides critical funding for local housing and is one part of a larger effort to help address the housing challenge in Eugene. In 2019, the Eugene City Council passed Ordinance No. 20609 establishing a construction excise tax (CET) in Eugene. (An information sheet about Eugene's construction excise tax is available.) The tax creates a dedicated source of funding for affordable housing in Eugene, called the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

AHTF Highlights 

Since 2020: 
  • $2.2 million from AHTF will leverage $45 million to fund the construction of 178 new affordable homes in Eugene
  • AHTF is helping create 74 homes affordable for low-income homebuyers, 56 permanent supportive homes for people exiting homelessness, 38 permanent supportive homes for people with conviction histories, and 10 supportive homes for Veterans exiting homelessness
  • AHTF kept over 100 local families and individuals in their homes in the wake of the pandemic with rental assistance and foreclosure prevention funds

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AHTF Two-Year Program Review

Every two years, the City Council reviews the activities and outcome of the AHTF.  The latest two-year report, covering July 2021 through July of 2023 is now available. Take a look to learn more about what the AHTF has accomplished.

How are the funds spent?

The Affordable Housing Fund can be used for projects and programs that increase availability and access to owner- and renter-occupied housing that is affordable to lower-income community members. Examples of how these funds may be used include:  

  • Gap financing for the development of new affordable housing  
  • Acquisition of existing housing or non-residential buildings that will become affordable housing
  • Direct assistance for renters
  • Down payment assistance for home buyers

An advisory committee of community members provides input and recommendations to staff on the use of Affordable Housing Trust Funds resources.  

If you would like to keep informed about the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, please sign up to join the list for interested parties. Information including notifications of meetings, events, committee recruitment, and participation opportunities will be delivered to your inbox.

To learn more about affordable housing and non-profit partners in Eugene, please visit the Looking for an Affordable Home webpage.


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