housing

Lane County to Open Applications for Rent Assistance

Jul 13, 2020
Lane County

Lane County announced a second round of applications for rent assistance will become available at 9AM Wednesday morning and be open for one week. 

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After both the City of Eugene and Lane County decided to close temporary emergency COVID-19 respite centers and camps, more than 100 protesters convened at a parking lot on Friday. 

City of Eugene

Eugene City Councilors took action on three housing ordinances Tuesday night. This includes the Downtown Riverfront redevelopment project, the Multi-Unit Property Tax Exemption Program (MUPTE) and the Low-Income Rental Housing Property Tax Exemption (LIRHPTE).

Kate Brown

 

Today, Governor Kate Brown issued a 90-day order to temporarily stop residential evictions for nonpayment due to the spread of coronavirus in Oregon.

Rachael McDonald

The Lane County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to move forward with plans to turn 0.74 acres of fairground land into affordable housing.

City of Eugene

Cities with scarce housing across the county are grappling with how to regulate short-term rental businesses like Airbnb. Eugene City Council this week moved to create an advisory committee for further guidance.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Dozens of county officials are in Eugene this week, for the annual Association of Oregon Counties conference.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the keynote issue is housing.

Homes for Good

Lane County’s public housing authority, Homes for Good, has announced the Section 8 Wait List for rental assistance vouchers will soon re-open. It’s the first time in two years. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports.

An online apartment locator and rental advisement service ranks Oregon first among states where it may be more affordable to rent than buying a home.

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Beginning New Year’s Day, two of the region’s non-profit housing service agencies will be officially merged. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, this means expanded housing support for a six-county area.

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All 241 of Oregon's incorporated citites, both urban and rural, are members of the organization.

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If all 180 square feet of her home could be covered in purple, Alice Gentry would be thrilled. But the tiny home isn’t just for her. Her dog Sissy is there too.

Eugene’s Emerald village tiny house community is holding an open house for newly finished homes Friday.

In March Gentry moved into Emerald Village, a community of 22 tiny homes ranging from 160-300 square feet in Northwest Eugene. The village will commemorate the completion of 14 of their 22 homes at the open house.

It’s been 50 years since the Fair Housing Act passed in the United States. An event this week in Corvallis will look at the history and legacy of the fair housing movement in Oregon and the nation. 

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Among the topics touched on by Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis tonight  in her State of the City Address, was housing.

Vinis said she and the city committed to more shelter options for the homeless, including the expansion of the Dusk to Dawn and Rest Stop programs.

Rachael McDonald

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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Eugene is experiencing a solid housing market.  Prices are ratcheting up, and demand for homes in Oregon’s second largest city remains high.  But while sellers and realtors are enjoying the economic benefits, others say this all comes with risks.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

Rachael McDonald

A project that would provide housing to homeless high schoolers in Eugene is moving forward thanks to federal funds approved this week.

Oregon Home Sales Strong, But Construction Stagnant

May 15, 2016
oregonquarterly.com

Major metro areas in Oregon continue to grow and thrive, but new home construction across the State remains stagnant. Even though homes aren't getting built, that doesn't mean the real estate market is quiet.

Oregon's economy continues to expand. The State unemployment rate is hovering around 5%. Many job sectors are posting gains, and the national economic expansion is causing migration trends. But, even though the population is increasing, single family homes aren't getting built. Tim Duy is an Economics Professor at the University of Oregon.

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The Oregon Legislature wrapped up this year's short session, Thursday, approving a last batch of bills dealing with housing, phasing out coal power, and raising the state's minimum wage.

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When Oregon families lose their homes in a wildfire, they can now get a little help rebuilding. The new “Wildfire Damage Housing Relief Account” is open.

Oregon Representative Mike McLane calls it a way to “fill the gap” when families lose everything to wildfire. He sponsored House Bill 3148 to provide assistance in the form of small grants to those eligible. 

The money, $5,000 per household, is meant to supplement insurance and personal savings. Eligibility is based on income levels.

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.

The Jefferson Westside Neighbors will hold a panel discussion during their monthly meeting Tuesday evening. Neighborhood residents plan to meet with representatives from Capstone – the business responsible for the new 13th and Olive apartments in Eugene.

Some residents in the downtown area are not pleased with the tenants and management of the new 1,300 bedroom complex.

Tom Happy is on the Jefferson Westside Neighborhood board. He shares some concerns:

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The Eugene City Council Wednesday voted to extend the suspension of giving tax breaks to developers of multi-unit housing projects.

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Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries will be touring the state during the next few months updating landlords on new Section 8 housing rules.

A law recently passed in Oregon makes it illegal to deny housing for someone who qualifies for low income housing known as Section 8. The first of 15 seminars is September 29th in Portland. State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian says the goal is to inform landlords about the changes so they don't accidently run afoul.

Oregon's Economy Experiencing Average Growth.

Jun 30, 2014
oregonquarterly.com

The state's economy continues to experience average to above average growth. Desmond O'Boyle reports on the latest economic indicators to come out of the University of Oregon.