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More Affordable Housing In Eugene-Springfield To Come, As Pandemic Recession Continues

Brian Bull

The head of an affordable housing agency in Lane County says it’s an "exciting time" for them. 

Jacob Fox is Executive Director for Homes for Good. He said wait lists are in progress for the Market District Commons, a 50-unit apartment complex for low-income residents in the downtown. He added there are four other developments in progress.

“Three of those are in Eugene. And then we have a 70-unit apartment community that’s under construction in Springfield," explained Fox.  "All of our construction projects have not been delayed. So over the next year, those 224 units of housing will become available to community members.”

Fox says the pandemic’s disruption on jobs and the economy has certainly driven up demand.  

Lane County’s unemployment rate for May was 14.7 %.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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