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Affordable Housing Development


CHDO Certification

The County receives applications form nonprofit organizations for certifications as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) in the spring of each year. A CHDO is defined in the HOME Rule at 24 CFR 92.2. Eligible applicants include community-based nonprofit 501(c) (3) or 501(c) (4) organizations that include the provision of decent, safe, affordable housing to low- and moderate-income persons among their purposes. If designated, the organization may be eligible for HOME funds specifically set aside for projects developed by CHDOs in each HOME Program Year. However, nonprofits are not required to be a designated CHDO to access HOME funding as a sponsor, owner or developer. For more information, please contact Kevin Ko, Housing at Community Development Manager at (503)-655-8359.

Housing Development

The federal HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) is the primary resource that Clackamas County uses to address one of the most pressing housing needs identified in the Consolidated Plan --- the need for affordable housing for low-income households.

The HOME Program was created under Title II of the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 to:

The regulations that govern the HOME Program are found at 24 CFR Part 92.

Clackamas County receives an annual allocation of HOME funds through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). We anticipate that the 2015-2016 allocation will be about $700,000. Clackamas County must set aside at least 15% of the grant for housing developed by Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDO's).

Applying for Home Funds


Project Sponsors or Developers must submit an application to Clackamas County Community Development Division (CDD) in order to be considered for funding. Applications are accepted on a first come first serve basis; however, proposed projects must meet the criteria and priorities identified in the County’s Consolidated Plan. CDD evaluates each application and makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners.

Eligible Applicants

Public agencies, nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations are eligible to apply for Clackamas County HOME funds. The agency or organization must provide evidence that it has the administrative and financial capacity and experience necessary to administer the complex requirements of the HOME Program throughout the period of affordability.

Eligible Beneficiaries

HOME funds may only be used for units that will be occupied by low- or very low-income households which are defined by HUD as follows:

Only the units that receive HOME dollars are considered HOME-assisted units, therefore, only HOME-assisted units must adhere to HOME expenditure limits, income targeting guidelines, and affordability requirements. This allows HOME funds to be used in mixed income projects.

Eligible Projects

Clackamas County's HOME Program provides funds to projects that benefit low-income people. Eligible projects are ones that result in:

A project may include one or more buildings on a single site under common ownership, management and financing. Structures scattered on more than one site that are under common ownership, management and financing are also considered a single project. There must be at least one HOME-assisted unit in each building of the project. HOME-assisted projects may:

Project Selection Guidelines

To be considered for HOME funding a project must be:

Projects meeting the threshold requirements are further evaluated based upon the extent to which the project:

HOME funds are allocated in amounts appropriate to the scope and needs of the proposed project. HOME funds are provided in the form of low interest loans. The County reserves the right to:

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