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25 Additional Housing Vouchers to Support Disabled Persons in Lane County

Amy Brenneman

For low income residents with a disability, affording rent can be challenging. But Homes for Good recently received funds to help non-elderly disabled persons in Lane County.

Homes for Good is one of 22 public housing authorities in Oregon, Idaho, and Washington that was awarded additional mainstream vouchers by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The local housing agency will provide 25 more vouchers through the $163,500 they received.

Beth Ochs is the Rent Assistance Division Director at Homes for Good. She says given the average per unit cost in Lane County, they can only provide so many vouchers.

“On average, our per-unit cost is about $500 a month,” said Ochs. “So at $500 a month—over the course of the year—Homes for Good is providing a family about $6,000 of assistance.”

The funding comes from a national HUD initiative to provide housing to over 15,000 non-elderly persons with disabilities.

Elizabeth Gabriel is a former KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She is an education reporter at WFYI in Indianapolis.
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