Supportive housing services: Addressing homelessness in greater Portland

Supportive housing services: Addressing homelessness in greater Portland

In May 2020 voters in greater Portland approved a measure to fund supportive housing services for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. This program will provide funding for housing assistance and wraparound services, with the goal of ending chronic homelessness in the region.

Metro is proposing administrative rules to give direction and add clarity to the new Metro tax codes that allow the agency to implement, collect and enforce personal and business income taxes. These chapters were adopted by Metro Council in December 2020 as part of the Supportive Housing Services tax implementation.

These rules will be published on our website on May 1, 2021. There will be a 30-day public comment period, from May 1 to 30, 2021. A public hearing will be scheduled in mid-May, and will be added to the Metro calendar at

The program is funded by two separate taxes: a 1% personal income tax on taxable income above $125,000 for individuals and $200,000 for those filing jointly, and a 1% business income tax on net income for businesses with gross receipts above $5 million. This tax became effective January 1, 2021.

Information about this new tax and opportunities to comment during the public comment period can be found at
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