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File #: 20-167    Version: 1
Type: Informational Report Status: Filed
File created: 4/29/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 5/11/2020 Final action: 5/11/2020
Title: Work Session on Affordable Housing Incentives Ward(s): All Wards Councilor(s): All Councilors Neighborhood(s): All Neighborhoods Result Area(s): Strong and Diverse Economy; Welcoming and Livable Community
Attachments: 1. Jory Apartments TIF District Map, 2. Affordable Housing Work Session Outline
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TO:                      Mayor and City Council   

THROUGH:                      Steve Powers, City Manager   

FROM:                      Kristin Retherford, Urban Development Director   





Work Session on Affordable Housing Incentives    


Ward(s): All Wards    

Councilor(s): All Councilors    

Neighborhood(s):  All Neighborhoods    

Result Area(s): Strong and Diverse Economy; Welcoming and Livable Community  





City Council Work Session on Affordable Housing Incentives.     






Information only.





Public incentives are a valuable tool for stimulating investment in the community, revitalizing blighted areas, creating jobs, and building affordable housing. The range and variety of the City’s incentive programs are complex and intended to meet community needs on many levels.


The work session is an opportunity to discuss affordable housing and the role of public incentives and programs, focusing on tax increment financing.  City staff and a developer will provide information on the challenges to maintaining and developing new affordable housing. 




Developing affordable housing comes with numerous challenges, including land supply, construction costs, and limited private financing.


The City’s affordable housing maintenance and development incentives:

                      Urban Renewal Area (TIF district) incentives, including single property TIF districts;

                     Multi-Unit Housing Tax Incentive Program - 10-year Property Tax Exemption for qualified housing projects in downtown and central Salem;

                     Four federal Opportunity Zones providing federal income tax incentives;

                     Low-Income Rental Housing Property Tax Exemption (LIRHPTE) program for non-profit owners of affordable housing properties;

                     Salem Housing Authority’s General Management Agreements that provide property tax exemptions to qualifying market-rate projects that include affordable units;

                     System Development Charge exemption if project is affordable for thirty years. 


Each incentive has opportunities, limitations, and guidelines.


Tax increment financing is a tool that can be used to help bridge the funding gap and incent the inclusion of affordable units in market-rate developments. The TIF District program allows the creation of single-property or single tax lot TIF Districts in areas of the city currently not included in an existing urban renewal area (TIF District). Taxes on new development (tax increment) are rebated to the property owner to incent building affordable units within the development.


The actual rebate amount and number of affordable units in the development are subject to an agreement between the Urban Renewal Agency and the property owner. The policy goal is to achieve housing affordability for residents at an average of 80% of Area Median Income or lower.  


A new TIF District proposal (the Jory Apartments TIF District, Attachment 1) was presented for public hearing and first reading on April 27, 2020 and set for second reading at the City Council meeting on May 11, 2020. A development agreement to implement the incentive will be presented to City Council for approval this summer.  




Affordable housing and ending homelessness are high priorities within the City according to both community survey results and the City’s Strategic Plan. The Salem Housing Authority (SHA) currently has a waiting list of approximately 6,000 individuals and families in need of affordable housing.


                     Kristin Retherford     

                     Urban Development Director    



1.                     Jory Apartments TIF District Map