Implementation

Local Implementation Strategy - Community Engagement

Washington County is conducting community engagement work for the Metro Bond funded affordable housing projects that will be built in Washington County within the next two to three years. The overall goal of this engagement work is to ensure that the Metro Bond funded housing projects in Washington County are informed by and accessible to the County’s Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.

 

During the fall of 2020, Washington County, in partnership with culturally specific community-based organizations (CBOs), will be facilitating Zoom listening sessions during which BIPOC community members can provide feedback regarding the preliminary design and service programming elements of the selected housing projects. As an alternative to participating in the listening sessions, surveys for all of the housing projects will be available in a wide array of languages on the Washington County website. The feedback received from these listening sessions and surveys will be shared with the housing developers so that community input can inform the finalized design and service programming elements of the housing developments.

 

Listening Session

 

Local Implementation Strategy

Washington County is committed to leading with racial equity and community engagement throughout this process. In addition, there is a large commitment to adding units for families (407 units) and extremely low income households (334 units). We will also  focus in workforce participation by minorities, women, and disabled veterans. The guiding principles of the LIS are:

  1. Housing Development plan including criteria and selection process for projects
  2. Strategy for advancing racial equity throughout implementation
  3. Engagement reports summarizing how stakeholder input shaped development of the strategy
  4. Plan for ongoing community engagement

The final version of Washington County's Local Implementation Strategy, approved by the Board of County Commissioners on December 17, 2019, is available here.

Community Outreach
Staff provide updates on Metro Bond implementation throughout the County. Recent presentations have been made to:

  • Westside Economic Alliance Land Use & Housing Committee
  • Housing Oregon Portland Policy Council
  • Washington County Civic Leaders Group
  • Beaverton's Housing Technical Advisory Group
  • Community Housing Fund Board of Directors

Please contact Shannon Wilson at shannon_wilson@co.washington.or.us if you would like more information or to request a presentation.