Governor Kitzhaber Announces Awards to Build Affording Housing Across Oregon


Salem, OR – December 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Governor Kitzhaber and Oregon Housing and Community Services are pleased to announce the awarding of funds to build or preserve 14 apartment complexes across Oregon, providing critical housing to low-income Oregonians. The State Housing Council on Friday approved grants and tax credits across Oregon – from St. Helens to Medford, and from Hillsboro to Prineville to LaGrande.

“Today, too many Oregonians don’t have an affordable place to call home, and they struggle to pay rent and put food on the table,” Governor Kitzhaber said. “These projects funded today through Oregon Housing and Community Services will meet critical needs in our communities. Many of the projects make progress toward other state goals, such as support for families recovering from addiction and returning to employment, seniors and people with disabilities receiving the services they need to stay healthy and stable, and families having stable places to raise their children.”

The State Housing Council approved grants and tax credits for 14 projects and nearly 600 units, which includes new units to be built in the coming year, as well as units which need to be rehabilitated so they can continue to provide a safe and affordable place for people to call home.

“We know these homes will make a huge difference for many Oregonians,” said Margaret Van Vliet, Director of Oregon Housing and Community Services. “Our agency has a vision that all Oregonians will have the opportunity to pursue prosperity and live free from poverty. We know the Oregonians who will move into these apartments across the state will have the opportunity to achieve this. We also know there is more to do to ensure every Oregonian can access safe and affordable housing.”

Units which will be built or rehabilitated through these awards will provide housing for veterans, families needing a place to recover from addiction, elderly residents living on fixed incomes, and people with disabilities. Oregon Housing and Community Services provides financing and support through community based and private sector partners in furthering the state’s goals, and the agency will continue to provide funds to build and preserve stable and affordable housing in order to ensure more Oregonians have access to opportunity.

A full list of projects funded can be found online.

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