The City of Ashland announced today the approval of its Housing Production Strategy (HPS) by the State of Oregon. This critical milestone marks a significant step forward in combating the housing crisis gripping not only Ashland but the entire area. Following a detailed review conducted by the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD), Ashland’s HPS has achieved the distinction of being the first plan of its kind to gain state approval.
The City of Ashland hopes this is the first step is combatting the pressing issue of affordable and equitable housing but also a clear indication that its HPS is closely aligned with the broader goals of the state in tackling housing needs. Ashland’s HPS has a comprehensive approach, including a contextualized housing need assessment, robust community engagement, specific actions tailored to meet future housing requirements, and a commitment to achieving fair and equitable housing outcomes.
The basis of Ashland’s HPS is in its 15 specific strategies, each dedicated to encourage the development of affordable rental housing, expanding opportunities for affordable homeownership, nurturing income-restricted affordable housing units, and safeguarding the existing supply of affordable housing. These strategies are designed to cater to diverse demographic groups within the community, with a particular focus on seniors, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and those experiencing homelessness.
The city has laid out a clear timeline for the implementation of each proposed strategy.
For those interested in delving deeper into Ashland’s Housing Production Strategy, the full plan can be accessed here.
Source: City of Ashland