Our Mission & History

Housing Development Center’s mission is to strengthen opportunities for low-income families and individuals by developing, preserving, and sustaining affordable housing and community facilities.


In 1993, a group of Portland housing policy makers founded Housing Development Center to assist an emergent nonprofit community development industry with the technical challenges of affordable housing development. From a two-person team coordinating rehabs of single-family homes in east-side Portland, we grew into a multiservice real estate consulting group serving mission-driven organizations across Oregon and southwest Washington. Along the way, we got nicknamed “HDC.”

Today, HDC assists the development of health-care and human-service facilities as well as of affordable rental housing and homeownership projects. We also offer asset management, lending, and policy consulting services to support the affordable housing industry. Working with partners in urban, suburban, and rural communities, we have helped to create and preserve more than 6,000 affordable homes and to improve the financial condition of thousands more. HDC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Learn about our approach and explore our services using the links below.