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City Of Eugene Closes On $1.5 Million Loan For Affordable Senior Living

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The Ya-Po-Ah Terrace Apartments will undergo rehabilitation next year.

Senior residents of Eugene’s tallest building will see some much needed renovation next year. The city closed on a $1.5 million loan from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Ya-Po-Ah Terrace Retirement Apartments houses low-income residents 62 years and older. Nicole Stehlar,  the Community Development Analyst, City of Eugene says the Community Development Block Grant will allow the apartments to stay affordable while residents see updates in plumbing and insulation.

“It’s not only preserving the building itself to go another 50 years, or more to meet any substantial rehab, but it’s also preserving the subsidy that’s attached to the building long term,” she said.

Stehlar said the rehabilitation process starts after February and will wrap up in 2020. During construction residents will either be moved to other units, or other apartment buildings depending on their needs.

She said renters won’t have to pay for moving costs and their rent will stay the same.

Melorie Begay is a multimedia journalist for KLCC News. She was the Inaugural KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She has a bachelors in Multimedia Journalism from the University of New Mexico. She previously interned at KUNM public radio in Albuquerque, NM and served as a fellow for the online news publication New Mexico In Depth.
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