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The money awarded by the Oregon Housing Stability Council will go toward building 625 new affordable rentals and homes for ownership.

PMG PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN  - The Estacada area was among those directly impacted by the wildfires.Oregon Housing and Community Services (HCS) awarded over $73.33 million toward the construction of 625 affordable homes in Oregon counties that have been affected by wildfires.

The Oregon Housing Stability Council awarded the latesta rounds of program funding during a recent meeting, the HCS announced June 15. The funding is slated to go toward building affordable rental housing and homeownership, according to the HCS.

During the 2020 Labor Day fires that burned 1 million acres, more than 4,000 homes were destroyed, the HCS reported.

A 2019 Housing Needs Analysis for the city of Estacada called for additional housing diversity, noting that from 2013-2017, 78% of Estacada's housing was single-family detached.

Gerard Sandoval, an associate professor at the University of Oregon, is an HSC councilmember.

"I've been spending a lot of time in Southern Oregon and the Latinx community has been disproportionately affected," Sandoval said. "This is a perfect type of project that is needed because it has strong community ties and is resident-owned."

There are already 10 affordable housing developments awarded funding in Clackamas, Jackson, Marion and Lincoln counties. In Marion County, 15 acres will be developed for potential two- to four-bedroom single-family homes for wildfire survivors, seniors and workforce housing in the Santiam Canyon.

"Currently, we have around 300 households in Marion County who don't have a place to call home," said Marion County Commissioner Danielle Bethell. "This $1.7 million is not just going to purchase land; it's going to give us the opportunity to create affordable, long-term housing that works for this community that was devastated by the wildfires."PMG FILE PHOTO - Soon, $73 million will go toward rebuilding housing for affordable rentals and homeownership in counties affected by wildfires.

Further projects include:

  • $7 million to convert the Talent Mobile Estates in Jackson County to a resident-owned cooperative, after 89 families were displaced by the 2020 Almeda Fire.
  • $9.7 million to Estacada Apartments in Clackamas, for 36 rental homes.
  • $25.2 million to Gateway Phase 2 in Marion County for 138 rental homes.
  • $9 million to Orchard Meadows and Prescott Gardens in Jackson County for 196 rentals.
  • $6.1 million to Summit Gardens in Jackson County for 34 rentals.
  • $3.2 million to the Talent Senior Apartments in Jackson County for 22 rentals.
  • $3.9 million to Wecoma Place in Lincoln County for 44 rentals.
  • $2.8 million to MacLeay CLT in Marion County for 24 homeownership units.
  • $4.3 million to New Spirit Village in Jackson County for 42 affordable and 42 market rate homeownership units.
  • PMG FILE PHOTO - Troutdale during the 2020 Labor Day wildfires. Many residents throughout Oregon were displaced by wildfires.

    Emily Lindstrand contributed to this report.


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