A new affordable housing community is open on Main Street in Forest Grove.
The units at the Valfre at Avenida 26 were made possible by a 2018 Metro housing bond, which covered $3.7 million of the $13.5 million development.
The development is named after Adolph "Val" Valfre, a U.S. Air Force veteran, former Forest Grove city councilor and retired executive director of the Housing Authority of Washington County.
At an opening ceremony earlier this month, Valfre said the complex received 470 inquiries for its 36 units, 30 of which are two or three bedrooms.
"Nothing can please me more than to see families, both young and old, culturally diverse experiencing security, hope and prosperity in these new apartments. These families and more to come will become our new neighbors," Valfre said. "I ask you to just multiply that demand across this beautiful county. Too many in our communities are either being priced out or forced out of housing security and without housing security, no city, no community, can prosper."
Eight of the units will provide what advocates call "wraparound services" and case management for previously homeless Forest Grovers and others previously without stable housing. That means personalized, individual plans intended to keep people off the streets and help address their needs directly, whether that's health care, counseling, job skills or something else.
The complex also includes an activity room, playground and a community garden.
In the last year, officials say, Washington County has opened 117 new affordable homes and has another 505 currently under construction.
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