Clackamas County, since receiving $116 million in Metro housing bonds approved by voters in 2018, has thus far awarded $48 million of its allocation to support the development of 461 affordable housing units.
The units in development comprise 57% of the county's target goal of 812 units, said Devin Ellin, senior housing developer for the Housing Authority of Clackamas County during a Nov. 8 public policy session hosted by the North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce.
48 of the units currently underway are located within a 27,000-square-foot single-story building on Webster Road in Gladstone which began renovations in October. Seniors aged 50 and above will be given leasing priority, county officials said, however, units will be ultimately accessible to unhoused or at-risk individuals of all ages.
The endeavor was lauded by Clackamas County Commissioner Martha Schrader, who said she anticipates the new construction will provide "significant and lasting relief to many of our rent-burdened residents."
Gladstone Mayor Tammy Stempel said: "The fact that it will it be affordable, assist historically underserved people and also be a resource for Gladstone residents makes this an incredible opportunity to positively impact our community."
The other 413 affordable housing units currently in the works are being constructed through three projects green-lighted by commissioners in July 2020 for construction in Happy Valley, Oregon City and unincorporated Clackamas County.
Fuller Road Station, 9608 S.E. Fuller Road near the Clackamas Town Center, is a 100-unit project scheduled to open around fall 2022 in the unincorporated area of urban Clackamas. The project will cost approximately $10 million and fulfill 8% of the county's housing bond goal.
Good Shepherd Village, to be constructed at 12596 S.E. 162nd Ave., Happy Valley, is 142-unit project slated to begin construction in February 2022. It will cost an estimated $18 million and will fulfill 16% of the county's goal.
The Maple Apartments will be located in Oregon City tucked off of Highway 213 and Beavercreek Road near Clackamas Community College. The $16 million, 171-unit project is slated to begin construction in March 2022 and will fulfill 14% of the county's housing goal.
The 461 total units underway include 292 units that are two-bedrooms or larger to accommodate families (73% of the target goal of 406 units) and 201 units reserved for households with incomes 30% average median income and below (60% of the target goal of 333 units).
Ellin said the county is also 16% of the way toward its goal of using 10% of the Metro bonds for families making anywhere between 61% and 80% average median income, adding that support for more units is anticipated through upcoming projects including a 600-unit housing community planned for Hillside Court in Milwaukie.
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