Housing & Block Grant Programs

Housing Strategy Handout

The Housing Strategy handout summarizes the projects and programs approved by the Springfield City Council to help meet Springfield’s housing needs. See the handout here.

HUD Funds

The City of Springfield uses Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist with affordable housing development, housing-related services, neighborhood revitalization, public improvements, and downtown redevelopment activities.  The primary purpose of the CDBG and HOME programs is to benefit low- and moderate-income persons. Springfield’s CDBG program is planned and conducted so that each project or activity meets at least one of the three national CDBG program objectives: benefits low- and moderate income persons; prevents or eliminates slums and blight; and meets an urgent need posing a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community where other financial resources are not available. Springfield invests CDBG funds in the areas of children and youth, disabled and elderly, at-risk populations, support to social services, job creation, and housing assistance. The Eugene-Springfield HOME Consortium program is planned and conducted so that each project or activity provides decent, safe, and affordable housing for low-income and special needs populations.

Consolidated Plan

The Eugene-Springfield Consolidated Plan is a document that Eugene and Springfield must submit to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to be eligible to receive federal housing and community development funds like CDBG and HOME.  This five-year strategic plan helps the Cities select the projects and activities they supports with HUD funds. The Springfield CDBG One Year Action Plan identifies how the City will allocate CDBG funds to address community development and affordable housing needs to benefit low-income persons in the community. For comprehensive information regarding the Consolidated Plan, please visit the joint Consolidated Plan page on the City of Eugene’s website.

How to Apply

  1. Review the HUD income limits to determine if you or someone you know is eligible for this program.
  2. Determine whether your home is within Springfield’s City Limits.
  3. Eligible Springfield residents must complete an Application Form and return it to the City, along with income and/or disability documentation.
  4. Please note that funding for all programs is limited, and clients are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  5. Questions? Contact Penny Olsen!

Low Income Rental Housing Property Tax Exemption Program (LIRHPTE)
This property tax exemption is for newly created low-income rental housing units that are available to households at or below 60% of the area median income (AMI).

Waiver of SDCs for Affordable Homeownership Housing Units
The City is temporarily waiving transportation, stormwater, and local wastewater system development charges (SDCs) for housing sold affordably to income-qualified households. The income limit is 80% of the area median income (AMI), and the compliance period is five years. The waiver is not available for rental housing development, and Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission and Willamalane Park and Recreation District SDCs are still in effect. Please see the program guidelines and administrative steps for details and additional requirements.

The waiver program is application-based, and availability is limited. The City will waive SDCs on a “first come-first served” basis for qualifying applications until $300,000 of charges have been waived for the program or December 31, 2025, whichever comes first. The program may close without notice, please check with staff before submitting an application.

Waiver of SDCs for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
The City is temporarily waiving transportation, stormwater, and local wastewater SDCs for newly permitted ADUs through June 30, 2027.

For more information on ADUs, visit the City’s Accessory Dwelling Unit webpage.

Fee Waivers for Nonprofit Affordable Housing Providers and Low-Income Citizens
The City has development fee waivers available for nonprofit affordable housing providers and low-income citizens. See the Springfield Development Code Section 2.1.135(C) for details.

HOME Funds for Affordable Housing Development
The City receives federal HOME funds to expand affordable housing opportunities for low-income households. These funds are offered as a development subsidy through a request for proposal process administered by the City of Eugene. See here for more info on the Eugene-Springfield HOME Consortium.

Funds to Buy Land for Affordable Housing Development
The City has federal CDBG funds available to purchase land for or acquire an existing building to convert to affordable housing. Staff are currently looking for land to acquire or help developers acquire. Contact Erin Fifield at 541-726-2302 for more information or if you have land you are interested in selling at fair market value for this purpose.

Contact Us:

For questions regarding the Springfield Home Ownership Program (SHOP) or the Emergency Home Repair (EHR) Program:
Penny Olsen, Housing Programs Assistant

For questions regarding Springfield’s other Housing Programs:
Katie Carroll, Housing Analyst

For questions regarding Springfield’s CDBG program:
Erin Fifield, Community Development Analyst

HUD Equal Housing Opportunity

The City of Springfield does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of age, race, sex, color, marital status, familial status, national origin, religion or disability.