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Assembling The Puzzle Of Affordable Housing

Recorded on: March 4th, 2016

Air Date: March 7th, 2016

Affordable housing made news twice recently.  First, St. Vincent de Paul, a private non-profit, purchased a mobile home park in Junction City.  Then, the Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County (HACSA)/Brian Obie project, which included workforce housing, hit a snag when Lane County declined to convert their proposed 99- year lease on the underlying land into an outright sale.  These projects address affordable housing differently – rural versus urban, preserving existing housing versus building new housing, and a private versus public/private partnership approach.  Is there a “right” and “wrong” answer for Eugene, or are these just different pieces of a larger puzzle?
 
Our speakers are executive directors Terry McDonald, of St. Vincent de Paul, and Jacob Fox.

St. Vincent de Paul is Lane County’s largest nonprofit human services organization, helping more than 84,000 people annually.  It has six core areas – affordable housing, emergency services, homeless services, recycling programs, thrift stores, and self-sufficiency stores.

HACSA provides housing and supportive services to about 4,300 Lane County families a year through Section 8 and Public/Affordable housing programs, as well as energy conservation by weatherizing around 300 homes each year for low income renters and property owners.

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