Housing and Community Development

The Housing and Community Development Division is working diligently to address issues centered on growth and development while meeting the needs of all community members to provide safe, decent, and affordable housing.

The Division is dedicated to providing an efficient delivery of public services, as well as maintaining and improving infrastructure.

Current Initiatives

Housing Stories & Interviews

The Housing and Community Development Division in the Planning Department has started work on two new housing projects: a Housing Capacity Analysis and Housing Production Strategy.  Over the next four weeks, staff will be conducting interviews with local residents to hear your housing story and experiences to use as part of our work. If you are interested in participating, please see the flyers below.  

English version(PDF, 221KB) and Spanish version(PDF, 57KB)

Homeless System Action Plan

The City recently completed a Homeless System Action Plan(PDF, 2MB) producing five recommended goals and 32 actions to address homelessness in Medford.  City Council is currently in the process of reviewing the recommended actions for potential implementation during the 2019-21 biennium.  

 

The Housing and Community Development Division is dedicated to providing affordable housing options for all income levels. We recognize the importance of having affordable housing in a community and have identified it as a critical component to economic development. Research has shown that the availability of affordable homes supports the creation of new employees at a rate consistent with comparable market prices. Along with this, stable and affordable housing options allow families to attend to other needs, thus enabling them to be self-sufficient and productive members of the community.

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This division administers the following grant programs:

Community Development Block Program

The CDBG program aims to benefit low and moderate income persons, eliminate conditions of slum and blight, or meet an urgent need (as defined by HUD) within the City of Medford.


General Fund Grant Program

The mission of the City General Fund Grant (GFG) Program is to provide funding to support outside agencies and organizations that care for the needs of Medford residents with programs and services the City itself either cannot, or does not, provide due to lack of facilities, staffing, funding, or other limitations.


Housing Opportunity Fund

The Housing Opportunity Fund is a demonstration of the City’s commitment to increase the supply of quality, affordable housing for Medford households earning up to 120% of the Area Median Income. There are a variety of challenges that housing developers, providers, and property owners encounter when seeking to develop quality housing that is affordable. This fund was created to address some of these challenges and to incentivize community partners in the production of affordable housing.

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Below is a list of entities and agencies that may be of assistance to you.  The links listed on this page are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement of or an approval by the City of Medford of any of the products, services or opinions of the organization or individual.

  • Public Defender - (541) 779-5636 
  • Status of Municipal Court Cases - Call (541) 774-2040
  • Circuit Court Matters - Call (541) 776-7171
  • Landlord/Tenant Disputes - You should speak with a private attorney, or to determine eligibility for assistance from Legal Services, call (541) 779-7291
  • Felony or DUII Offenses - Call the Jackson County District Attorney at (541) 774-8181
  • Consumer Complaints - Contact the Attorney General's office at (503) 378-4320 (8:30 a.m. to noon)
  • Oregon State Bar Lawyer Referral Service - 1-800-452-7636

 

The Housing and Community division manages two City commissions:

The City of Medford is working hard to address problem properties through a collaboration of several departments. It is our goal to make sure that all city properties and residential areas are safe and up to code.

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