Tag Archives: Affordable Housing

Editorial: Expand affordable housing program across state

Redmond is in. Bend is in. Every other city in Oregon is out, and the Legislature should change that. The 2016 Legislature created a pilot program effort to ease the state’s affordable housing crunch. Under it, two cities, one large, with a population over 25,000, and one small, would be able to annex land for […]
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With governor’s signature, Redmond reverses affordable housing defeat

Gov. Brown signs bill to retroactively qualify city for state program. With the aid of some creative legislative math and a flourish of Gov. Kate Brown’s pen, Redmond turned back time on Tuesday to win a prize it had already lost. Brown signed House Bill 2336, which had the practical effect of awarding Redmond a […]
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New affordable housing development in Tillamook

Northwest Oregon Housing Authority (NOHA) has secured $14.2 million in federal, state and private funds to construct 60 units of affordable/workforce housing within the city of Tillamook. Source: New affordable housing development in Tillamook | News | tillamookheadlightherald.com

Capitol round-up: Helt named to state school board

Voting, housing and roadkill also in the news. State Rep. Cheri Helt, R-Bend, has been chosen by Secretary of State Bev Clarno to replace a controversial activist as the office’s representative on the state Board of Education. Helt’s new role was one of the highlights of the past week in the Capitol. With 75 days […]
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Bend Councilor Focuses on Affordable Housing

Oregon Housing and Community Services has a five-year plan to create affordable housing across the state. Bend’s newest City Councilor, Chris Piper, attended a meeting Thursday to learn about the new plan. He believes its focus on data, research, and customer service will help address this region’s pressing need for housing, Source: Bend Councilor Focuses on […]
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Deschutes, Jefferson counties receive Oregon housing funds

Affordable housing developers in Deschutes and Jefferson counties will receive about $7.7 million from Oregon Housing and Community Services to build more than 100 homes. The awards, announced Monday, are part of a $34.9 million program that focuses on building homes in rural communities and for minority populations. Housing Works will receive $6.6 million to […]
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Capitol roundup: Cascade of bills as Legislature faces deadline; Redmond housing bill goes to governor

Redmond housing bill goes to governor; Kaylee’s law moves forward as lawmakers face Tuesday deadline. With one day to go before a key deadline that will kill off reams of legislation, lawmakers on Monday powered through more than 250 bills in committees and on the floor of the House and Senate. Because of the legislative […]
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Rural America faces a housing cost crunch

People living in a quarter of the country’s most rural counties spend at least half their income on housing. The problem of housing affordability, long a concern in popular big cities, has officially moved to rural America. Nearly one-fourth of the nation’s most rural counties have seen a sizable increase this decade in the number […]
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Key Bend-area bills live or die as Legislature hits halfway mark

Affordable housing moves on, while bike and marijuana bills die. A key affordable housing bill for Redmond moved forward on Monday, while the growing list of bills that expired at Friday’s deadline included a bicycle safety bill supported by Bend. With the 2019 session of the Legislature at the halfway point, Friday was the deadline […]
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Oregon rent control law will make renters compete for shrinking supply

Recently, Oregon made headlines with America’s first statewide rent control law. Housing prices are a serious burden for Oregon renters, but rent control can’t fix the problem. Source: Oregon rent control law will make renters compete for shrinking supply