Housing and Community Development

The Division of Housing and Community Development (HCD) manages and administers Community Development and Housing Programs with funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HCD is responsible for planning and expending funds received under four HUD programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) and the Lead Hazard Control Grant (Lead Safe Housing)

The City allocates these funds to infrastructure projects, social service programs, economic development, housing rehabilitation, and affordable housing development.


Community Development Priorities Task Force: 9+ Positions

Community Development Background: The City of Portland receives approximately $3 million annually in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As a stipulation of the funding the City must submit a 5 year consolidated plan. The plan requires the City to set local goals and priorities in which these funds will be used for. HUD requires robust public outreach and citizen participation for goal and priority setting, the task force was established to meet those requirements.
Responsibilities and Goals of the Task Force:
The Task Force will:

  • Review current needs, goals, and priorities from the 2016-2021 Consolidated Plan;
  • Research needs within the community
  • Analyze, review, and revise the CDBG application and allocation process
  • Participate in public outreach efforts with stakeholders
  • Make recommendations for priority needs and allocation process revisions to the City Manager and City Council.

Qualifications: The City is looking for a diverse group of Portland residents who are fair-minded, analytical, impartial, and knowledgeable about the relevant needs of the City in the realms of urban planning, public improvements and social services. Knowledge of the CDBG, HOME or ESG Programs is helpful but not necessary. The ability to work in a group setting, discuss and deliberate alternatives, and reach a consensus is required.

Please submit a resume and Task Force Application to Amanda Methot, HCD Compliance Officer at Amethot@portlandmaine.gov . Deadline for applications is January 24th, 2020. Questions regarding the task force should be forwarded to Amanda Methot at 207.756.8089 or Amethot@portlandmaine.gov


HUD funds are utilized to benefit low and moderate-income Portland residents and city neighborhoods where a majority of the residents earn low and moderate incomes. HCD supports a wide variety of projects and programs including social and neighborhood services, public facilities and infrastructure in eligible neighborhoods and housing rehabilitation and housing development. The Division works in partnership with residents, non-profit agencies and City departments to benefit low and moderate-income residents and improve the neighborhoods in which they live. 


Please look at the 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan for more information on program funding, goals, and expected outcomes. In addition, please view the 2018-2019 CAPER for more information on how the grant year is meeting the goals of the Consolidated Plan

Action Plan 2019-2020

Caper 2018-2019

Map of Housing Assisted with Public Funds

More information about our housing programs, and housing resources, can be found through the links below:

  1. Loan Programs

  2. Affordable Housing Development

  3. Housing Information & Resources

2019 Housing Report

The 2019 Housing Report has been provided by the Housing and Community Development Division, Planning and Urban Development Department for the City Council's Housing Committee. This report is designed to give an overview of the current housing market and report out on the many policies and initiatives the City has adopted to address the issues of housing availability and affordability.

2019 Community Development Week

​Please join the City of Portland in celebrating Community Development Week April 22-26. A list of events can be found here . To RSVP for the CD Week events follow this link and sign up for as many as you can make! Lastly, be sure to take the Goals and Priorities Survey


A development of ten or more units of housing in the City requires the project to provide either on-site or off-site workforce housing units, or make a payment to the City's Housing Trust Fund.

Since the passage of the Ordinance in 2015, there have been several projects reviewed under its requirements. The projects have chosen a number of creative approaches towards meeting the Ordinance, which is designed to provide flexibility in how to produce workforce housing. 

Note that the units and fee-in-lieu contributions are not provided until the project is complete. Since construction can take two years for a major project, the City is just seeing the first units be complete and occupied. This list also does not include several projects, such as 58 Fore Street, for which applications are expected but not received to date. Nonetheless, this chart gives a sense of the pipeline of projects producing workforce housing:


Workforce Housing, and Hotel Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance

2019 Income Limits - Portland HUD Metro Fair Market Rent Area and Maximum Rents

Portland Rental Market Survey, 2018

Historical Portland HMFA Annual Median Income