Bend Chamber Workforce Housing Initiative
Housing for a More Affordable and Inclusive Bend
The availability and cost of housing is at a critical level in Bend, making it too expensive for many to live near where they work. And employers know that housing is one of their biggest hurdles in hiring and retaining employees. Housing that is out of reach for many results in a lack of labor and a growing disconnect between who works and lives in Bend.
Put simply, the cost of finding a place to live — whether that means paying the rent, or a home mortgage, is driving away those who want to work here.
This effects staple jobs in our community, including nurses, teachers, firefighters and many industries that are essential —people who in the past would have had little trouble finding a place to live in Bend. Now, the housing market is nowhere within their reach.
The Bend Chamber is leading an initiative with employers and community partners to build more workforce housing as quickly as possible.
Bend’s housing shortage needs multiple strategies that increase the amount and variety of housing types. How do we do this?
Build In, Build Up and Build Out
- Create well-planned living spaces within existing neighborhoods
- Allow for higher buildings and more density in designated urban areas in Bend
- Start the process of expanding our Urban Growth Boundary to increase the amount of land on which we can build.
- Build Auxiliary Dwelling Units (ADU’s) in adjacent rural areas
Workforce Housing Survey Results and Analysis
In our recent survey conducted in August, 2021, Bend residents weighed in on how the housing shortage is affecting our community. They also shared their opinions on how to add housing in order for people who work here to be able to live here.
Said they or someone they know has had to leave Bend or couldn’t move here due to lack of affordable housing.
Said that the most worrisome issue is rising rents.
Support building specific urban areas where housing is denser and buildings are taller.
For more details from our survey, check out the presentation and resources below.
Survey Analysis Webinar
Watch a replay of our workforce housing challenges webinar.
Workforce Housing Survey Slides
Analysis of Bend Chamber’s Workforce Housing survey.
Solving for Workforce Housing Slides
Slides from Mike Kosdrosky of Workforce Housing Solutions.
Bend Central District Plan
View details of the City of Bend’s Central District Plan.
Employee Relocation Info
Resources for employees moving to Bend.
Thank You to Our Collaborators
With thanks to our collaborators for helping us work towards solving Bend’s workforce housing shortage.