Affordable Housing – News from around the region
[June 2017 review]
- The Coos-Curry Housing Coalition meets monthly to explore housing options for our area. Next meeting is July 13.
- Action groups which emerged from the April 14 Homeless Summit held in Coos Bay are continuing to meet, with short-term/transitional housing as one of the group’s focus. See our Summit recap page.
- “Multnomah County offers incentives for homeowners to house homeless in backyards.” The Meyer Memorial Trust contributed $175,000 to the project via its Affordable Housing Initiative. Read more.
- “Meyer grantee Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare scored a big win in New Markets Tax credits to build a 52-unit apartment complex for low-income individuals, homeless veterans and people with mental illness. The building will also house an on-site medical team coupled with mental health and addiction services.” Read more.
- “Tillamook County Housing Task Force recently completed a housing assessment to identify short-term solutions to address the extreme housing crisis in Tillamook County.” Tillamook County is experiencing similar housing challenges we are encountering here on the southern coast. Their employers also cannot attract employees because we lack affordable housing for them. Read the full report to find out what their Housing Study consultants recommended.
- “Meyer Memorial Trust convened a Cost Efficiencies Work Group in 2014 to explore factors driving the cost of affordable housing development.” Read more.
- Seniors everywhere are finding it difficult to keep up with rising costs on limited incomes and many are losing their housing. The following story focuses on Portland, but the circumstances can be found all across our region. Read more.
- New affordable housing ideas include using properties like churches, libraries, schools and backyards. Read how communities are adding housing units to existing properties.
- Public housing is essential in all communities, including ours. See the challenges that Lane County’s public housing agency is encountering and how it’s dealing with them. Read more.
- Housing for teens is under way in Eugene. “St. Vincent de Paul, along with its Youth House partners Hosea Youth Services, local school districts, The 15th Night and others, wants to provide homeless teens with the secure housing, services, mentoring and other resources they need to stay in school and then move on to live successful adult lives.” Read more.