Category Archives: Housing & Community Services Dept.

This is the story of the working homeless

 “I don’t want to survive anymore . . . I want to live,” Terrance Harris said as he sat in the At Risk Kids Project surrounded by donated clothes and flyers for food drives. Harris and his family have been identified as “working homeless” for the past nine years. The downward spiral began when his […]
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Exclusive: A solar rush in Oregon — and then what?

Please contact the State Library for access to this premium story from the Portland Business Journal. library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800 Business is surging for Oregon solar installers, but they’re worried about what’s around the corner. That’s because the spike is a result of the impending expiration of the Residential Energy Tax Credit, the state incentive that […]
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3,000 Oregon rental units at risk under tax plan

The tax reform plan approved by the U.S. House of Representatives would eliminate private activity bonds, which support programs that yield affordable housing units in Oregon and other states. In the midst of a critical affordable housing shortage in Oregon, the state could lose out on nearly 3,000 new rental units under a tax overhaul […]
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Oregon Housing releases $40 million to assist homeless, at-risk

Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) has announced the release of $40 million in funding to provide homeless prevention and assistance to Oregonians statewide. These resources will be implemented by Community Action Agency partners across the state and delivered through the Emergency Housing Assistance (EHA) program and State Homeless Assistance Program (SHAP) administered by OHCS. […]
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Homelessness increases 100% in some Oregon counties: Find out how it looks throughout the state

Every two years in January, counties across the country conduct a one-night count of homeless people living outside and in shelters. The count presents a snapshot of how each area is dealing with housing issues. In Oregon, homelessness looks different depending where you live. The Oregonian/OregonLive just visited Redmond to explore the sometimes invisibility of rural […]
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State officials to gather information on Douglas County housing

Roseburg is among the cities that Oregon Housing and Community Services will visit to hold outreach for its Statewide Housing Plan. State housing officials will stop in Roseburg on Monday at the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians Building, 2371 NE Stephens Street, Suite 100, to hold a public meeting for the Statewide Housing Plan. […]
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Secure housing for working poor | Opinion |

Cornerstone quietly adds to local stock of affordable apartments Plans for an affordable housing complex deep in the south Eugene hills met with the usual apprehensions when they were announced 25 years ago: Neighbors feared that their property values would decline, that crime would rise, that traffic would worsen Source: Secure housing for working poor […]
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Downtown Eugene housing and retail project pitched by ex-mayor Brian Obie delayed

The biggest mixed-use commercial-residential project proposed for downtown Eugene in decades has been delayed. The multi-component undertaking — one portion to be developed by Eugene businessman Brian Obie and the other by Lane County government’s Housing and Community Services Agency — was set for a groundbreaking late this year or early next. Source: Downtown Eugene […]
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Affordable housing, homelessness issues prevalent in Malheur County

Having affordable housing, having access to housing and homelessness were some of the issues brought up during a Statewide Housing Plan outreach meeting in Ontario Wednesday. Conducting the meeting were Kim Travis and Kenny LaPoint, with Oregon Housing and Community Services, who are holding similar sessions across state. Source: Affordable housing, homelessness issues prevalent in […]
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$10K in state lottery money to help local homeless veterans

Oregon Coast Community Action (ORCA) has been notified that it will get $10,743 in state lottery money to help Curry and Coos county’s homeless veterans. The money represents 3.7 percent of the $350,000 recently released by the state Housing and Community Services (OHCS) department. Source: $10K in state lottery money to help local homeless veterans;