Dignitaries tout remodel of affordable-housing complex
Residents at the Fairview Arms affordable housing complex, who spent approximately a year in temporary housing situations while the complex was remodeled, are happy to return home.
Kanisha Leonhardt has lived for seven years at the complex at 305 Seventh St., Fairview, and was among the residents displaced during construction.
"It was kind of difficult," Leonhardt said. "Being out of your house is horrible."
Residents returned to their dwellings last December. Leonhardt is pleased to be back home, and noted the crews that performed the interior, exterior and landscaping improvements did a great job.
Human Solutions, the nonprofit that owns and manages the complex, held a reopening celebration for the refurbished apartments on Friday morning, May 17.
Andy Miller, Human Solutions executive director, spoke to a crowd of about 30 at the celebration. He noted state and local representatives often focus on creating more affordable housing.
"(But) we don't hear a lot about affordable housing that's already on the ground," Miller said.
Margaret Salazar, director of Oregon Housing and Community Services, also spoke at the reopening.
"Every time I get an opportunity to visit a newly conserved affordable housing project it just touches my heart," Salazar said. "I know what were doing here is keeping our promise to our communities for our residents."
Maintaining affordable housing will benefit future generations.
"It's a wonderful thing to celebrate," Salazar said.
All three speakers at the reopening celebration thanked Fairview Arms residents for enduring the temporary moves, including Human Solutions Resident Services Coordinator Amal Ahmed, who concluded the ceremony.
"Thank you to the residents who endured a year of construction and relocation," Ahmed said. "It has been a long year for the tenants."
Fairview Arms apartments
The apartment complex was built in 1970, and purchased by the nonprofit group Human Solutions in 1997.
The complex contains 45 units, in four two-story buildings and comprises 11 one-bedroom units; 22 two-bedroom domiciles; 12 three-bedroom apartments and a manager's unit.