Affordable housing

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Homes for Good is developing a new affordable housing complex on the corner of 6th and Oak Street in Eugene.

Eight of Oregon’s federally recognized tribes received over $15 million in annual funds for affordable housing from the federal government.  The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians will use their $4 million grant to reduce homelessness in urban spaces.

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Leaders from more than 200 cities around Oregon, including Eugene, converged on the state capitol Thursday. They were there to tell their priorities to state lawmakers during the 2019 legislative session.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown shared her legislative agenda today  at the University of Oregon.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, tackling housing concerns was among the top items.

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In 2018 there were close to 15,000 people serving time in prisons across the state, according to the Oregon Department of Corrections. As of last month over 500 people were released into Lane County.

Several Lane County housing providers received a total of $2 million in grant money from the Lane County Board of Commissioners. The funds will go toward projects meant to reduce homelessness through permanent supportive housing.

People in Central Oregon who are interested in low-income housing vouchers can apply for the waitlist starting Monday. Folks will have one week to register, or update their information if they’ve never applied before.

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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.

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A Lane County partnership has developed a new framework for reducing recidivism. If all goes well, that plan could become a national model.

Recorded On: September 21, 2018

Air Date: September 24, 2018

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Governor Kate Brown stopped in Eugene today to speak on the importance of affordable housing in Oregon. 

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Tonight, the Eugene City Council may direct the City Manager to draft an ordinance for a construction excise tax. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the aim is to fund more affordable housing across the city...which several non-profit groups strongly support.

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Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis says she’s pleased with the interest shown at this week’s middle class housing summit on the University of Oregon campus. The Wednesday event drew a capacity crowd of 235 people, including 40 that had to be turned away.

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Lane County’s housing services agency is seeing a steady number of applicants for Section 8 housing vouchers.

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Advocates say one of the best ways to approach the problem of homelessness is to provide housing first. Then, issues around drug addiction and physical and mental health can be addressed in a safe, stable situation. One organization in Lane County is working to provide housing to those in need.

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Fair housing advocates are offering down payment assistance loans to 100 first-time home buyers in Oregon.

NEDCO, Community Lending Works, and Willamette Neighborhood Services call it Project Reinvest Down Payment Assistance. 

Recorded On: June 3, 2017

Air Date: June 12, 2017

Recorded on: December 2, 2016

Air Date: December 5th, 2016

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The second phase of an affordable housing project in North Eugene is done.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, Bascom Village’s grand opening for 48 units was held today.  

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In Eugene, a groundbreaking ceremony was held today for a new affordable housing community…of 22 tiny houses. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley

Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley wants to help solve the affordable housing crisis. He was in Eugene Wednesday.

Recorded on: March 4th, 2016

Air Date: March 7th, 2016

Oregon Democrats left the short legislative session today (Thursday) with at least two policy changes to be happy about. Governor Kate Brown signed a law that will increase the state’s minimum wage over the next five years. And lawmakers were able to approve a bill that will phase out coal fired power plants by 2030. KLCC’s Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman.

Lehman: “That’s something that Democrats say will contribute to cleaner air, but Republicans say, ‘well, it will just jack up electricity rates, and coal power is going to stick around regardless of what Oregon does.’”

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Officials broke ground on a new affordable housing complex in north Eugene today (Monday). Phase two of Bascom Village will be sure to fill up quickly.

Near County Farm Road and Coburg Road, earth movers clear the ground for the second half of the Bascom Village community, which will have 48 units.

Funds Approved For Ex-offender Housing In Eugene

Jul 22, 2015
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Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced state funding awards for 13 affordable housing developments. They will include a Eugene project for ex offenders looking to make a new start. 

Oaks at 14th will offer 54 units on oak patch rd in west Eugene.  The one bedroom apartments will provide permanent, affordable housing to ex offenders who have been successful in transitional housing facilities.  Steve Ochs is with the Lane County Housing Agency, which will oversee the development:

Recorded on: July 10, 2015

Air Date: July 13, 2015

To build traditional affordable housing for the 700 Lane County residents identified as chronically homeless would cost about $60 million. That price is based on a typical cost of $160,000 to $180,000 for each two-person unit. The Eugene-Springfield Consolidated Plan for 2015 anticipates just $13 million in federal support for such housing over the next five years. That is about one-fifth of the amount needed for the customary approach to providing affordable housing.

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The waiting list for a new affordable housing complex in north Eugene opened Monday morning. According to Saint Vincent de Paul's Executive Director, people started camping out Sunday to be first in line for Bascom Village.

St Vinnie's Terry McDonald says in the 25 years his agency has been in the affordable housing business he's never seen such demand.