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City Manager Joe Hannan submits a plan to the planning commission allowing churches to create housing

oving forward with its proposal to ask churches to be more involved in housing at-risk individuals in the city.

City Manager Joe Hannan said he is forwarding his idea to have churches in the city build at least one home on their property for a member of their parish.

The plan calls for all churches in the city with enough land to build at least one home on their property for someone in the congregation, whether it's someone who works there or is a member of the church.

"It was a discussion idea and I will forward it to (the Housing Affordability Commission)," Hannan said.

Newberg's plan would call for the 30-plus churches in the city to help accommodate the growing issue of a lack of housing for low-income families.

On Friday, Hannan said the commission will return their opinions to the Newberg City Council in time, and the council will then craft a proposal.

The city itself would not lead the project as Hannan said the goal is to hand it off to a local organization like Love INC to serve as the coordinator.

Previously, many of the churches Hannan spoke to were receptive to his idea, as the houses on the properties didn't have to be large and the hope now is at least for a single-family home.

"They're an important part of that, the faith community taking on some role in addressing affordable housing," Hannan said.

He added that there are more than 30 churches in the city that have space on their property to accommodate at least one house for those in need.

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