This summer Meyer challenged Oregon experts on innovative housing design, construction and finance to think big: Bring us your best ideas to create 1 million months of affordable housing for as little public subsidy as possible.
Our 1 Million Months Challenge RFP elicited 18 proposals from teams around the state that brought fresh thinking to the basic thrust of our question: How can communities help many more people into housing that's suitable and affordable, given current levels of funding?
We are glad to report that a first look through the proposals validates our hope that there are promising, untested approaches that might well be worth trying. Those who submitted concepts in that first round that seem most impactful and innovative will be invited to submit more detailed full proposals this fall, with funding decisions announced in January 2019.
We look forward to sharing what emerges from this work with you and getting your thoughts on how to channel and support the creativity people have brought to it!