The City Council’s 2016 Strategic Goals & Objectives articulate the following:
- Goal: Facilitate Sustainable, Manageable Growth
- Objective 6: Create and sustain a city of diverse neighborhoods where all residents can find and afford the values and lifestyles they seek.
Housing Resources - Community Partners
The City of Grants Pass does not have a separate Housing Department, and does not currently have a primary function of owning or operating affordable housing. The Housing Resources Directory provides a description and contact information for state and local partners who provide services related to affordable housing, homeowner/homebuyer assistance and classes, weatherization, homelessness services, and other assistance.
City of Grants Pass
The City performs several important functions related to housing and residential development.
- Fair Housing. Through its commitment to affirmatively further fair housing, the City supports equal opportunity in housing.
- Fair Housing Policy (see below)
- Growth Management: Through long-range planning and growth management, and implementation of those plans, the city ensures there is an adequate supply of buildable land with residential and mixed-use zoning within the Urban Growth Boundary to provide opportunities for needed housing units at different price levels and rent levels, with opportunities for a variety of housing locations, types, and densities. The City strives to plan for livable neighborhoods that provide a high-quality of life for citizens, with safe and convenient access to community amenities, shopping, services, and workplaces. The development review and building permit processes ensure new residential development is safe and meets community standards.
- Consolidated Planning. Through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and related work, the city develops a Consolidated Plan which includes actions designed to identify and overcome barriers to affordable housing and fair housing, and to facilitate work with community partners to address homelessness. The Consolidated Plan also addresses non-housing community development needs that primarily benefit low and moderate income households, including items such as public investments, youth life-skills training and technical assistance and training for small businesses.
- Development Incentives. The City offers incentives to encourage investment for a vibrant downtown, including upper-story residential use of existing buildings new mixed-use development.
City of Grants Pass Fair Housing Policy(Resolution 13-6105)
It is the policy of the City to support equal opportunity in housing for all people, and that discrimination in the sale, rental, leasing, or financing of housing or land to be used for the construction of housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or handicap is hereby prohibited by Title VII of the 1968 Civil Rights Act (as amended), the 1988 Fair Housing Amendments Act (as amended), the 1995 Housing for Older Persons Act (as amended), and Oregon Revised Statutes, Title 51, Chapter 659A.
Within resources available to the City, the City will assist all persons who feel they have been denied equal access to housing due to one of the aforementioned reasons in the process of filing a complaint with the State of Oregon Civil Rights Division or the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Fair Housing Contacts
Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO)
The Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO) is a nonprofit civil rights organization driven to eliminate illegal housing discrimination through enforcement and education across Oregon.
If you have a fair housing question, or to report a fair housing complaint to FHCO, call (503) 223-8197 Ext. 2 or (800) 424-3247 Ext. 2. (Translation available).
Oregon Civil Rights Division
The state Civil Rights Division (CRD), part of Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries, is tasked with defending the rights of all Oregonians to equal opportunity in employment, housing, public accommodations and career schools. The investigators, managers and support staff that make up CRD are a crucial part of BOLI's mission: to protect employment rights, advance employment opportunities, and protect access to housing and public accommodations free from discrimination.
If you believe that you have been illegally discriminated against on the basis of a protected class or protected activity, contact CRD immediately by phone (971) 673-0764 or email (email@example.com). Timelines vary depending on the type and basis of a complaint, but it's always better to act sooner to ensure that your legal rights are protected.
US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO)
The mission of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) is to eliminate housing discrimination, promote economic opportunity, and achieve diverse, inclusive communities by leading the nation in the enforcement, administration, development, and public understanding of federal fair housing policies and laws.
To submit a housing discrimination complaint to HUD, call (800) 669-9777 and for the hearing impaired, please call TTY (800) 927-9275, or submit a complaint online.
Healthy Homes & Lead-Based Paint Resources
Healthy Homes Programs addresses multiple childhood diseases and injuries in the home. These initiatives take a comprehensive approach to these activities by focusing on housing-related hazards in a coordinated fashion, rather than addressing a single hazard at a time.
These programs address a variety of environmental health and safety concerns including: mold, lead, allergens, asthma, carbon monoxide, home safety, pesticides, and radon.
HUD’s Healthy Homes Initiative
CDC’s Healthy Homes Initiative
EPA’s Healthy Homes Brochure
National Healthy Homes Partnership
National Center for Healthy Housing
US Environmental Protection Agency
Oregon Health Authority
City of Grants Pass