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Housing Efforts Across Oregon


State launches risk of foreclosure support campaign
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Viewfinder apartments

Grand opening set for 44-unit affordable housing apartment community in Prineville
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Rockwood Village

Rockwood Village debuts hundreds of affordable housing units
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New State Housing Director Pushes Oregon to Be “Relentless” on Affordable Housing
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Oregon opens door for pandemic housing support

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Wildfire Relief Housing

Oregon sends $30 million for fire relief housing

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Oregon housing chief Andrea Bell on rent assistance rollout, tackling ever-growing affordability crisis: Q&A

Andrea Bell Photo credit: Beth Nakamura / The Oregonian

The Oregonian sat down with Director Andrea Bell for an in-depth interview on the role of the agency, priorities for long-term housing needs solutions, and more.

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Moving into this house represents freedom, community and a safe place for my kids. To have our own place means everything.

Andrea Bell Testifies on Urgent Need to Tackle Housing Crisis and Housing Affordability


Video credit: Office of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden

Executive Director Andrea Bell testified before the Senate Committee on Finance. Committee Chair Senator Ron Wyden convened the congressional hearing to examine the role of tax incentives in affordable housing. Watch Director Bell's important testimony below.

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Over 1000 PSH Homes!

Grand opening of The Nel and House America partnership
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On August 1, we celebrated the grand opening of The Nel, a new apartment building with 45 residential units and onsite support services such as access to food, transportation, mental health support, laundry services, and more for people experiencing chronic homelessness. Andrea Bell, OHCS Director, spoke at the grand opening reiterating housing as a critical determinant of health and that we must take every action necessary at a national, state, and local level to ensure people have a safe and affordable place to call home. Congratulations to Homes for Good, the City of Eugene, Lane County Government, and many other community partners and members who made this new affordable rental housing complex possible.

We are also excited to be a part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development House America, an all-hands-on-deck approach to solving homelessness compassionately and equitably. Understanding that local organizations and community members already know how to solve homelessness in their communities, House America commits to providing the federal resources needed to rehouse individuals and families. Under the national goals laid out by House America, Oregon is committing to re-house 3,500 people and fund the creation of 214 permanent supportive homes by the end of 2022, including small towns and rural communities in the state.

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Viewfinder affordable housing opening

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Director Bell celebrated the grand opening of the Viewfinder, an affordable apartment building in Tigard. Many partners made these 81 affordable homes possible, including Community Development Partners, Washington County, Oregon Housing Authority, Good Neighbor Center, and many others.

OHCS homeownership programs help veterans buy their first homes

Thanks to nearly $745,000 in OHCS' Home Ownership Assistance Program (HOAP) funds, 54 veterans have been able to purchase their first homes. For the first time, OHCS’ recent Down Payment Assistance Program offered HOAP funds specifically for veterans who are also first-time homebuyers.

The recently closed program provided 414 households with over $6 million in down payment assistance to purchase homes with HOAP and Construction Excise Tax (CET) funds awarded to 19 organizations throughout the state. Fifty percent of these first-time homebuyers, who received an average of $14,754, reported as people of color, helping to reduce the homeownership gap and increase generational wealth. 

Homebuyers receiving down payment funds attended homebuyer education and one-on-one counseling to achieve their goal of homeownership successfully. In addition, OHCS’ 17 partnering homeownership centers offered counseling and education on pre-purchasing and financial literacy. Homeownership centers are located throughout the state and offer post-purchase and default counseling for those needing additional assistance, as well as tips and resources to maintain their home.

Mamook Takatee ribbon-cutting

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Executive Director Bell recently attended the Mamook Takatee ribbon-cutting event. This 56-unit development serves the Native community in Portland’s Cully neighborhood and is sponsored by Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), the Siletz Tribe, and Community Development Partners. Mamook Takatee translates to “Make Beautiful,” a fitting name for this space that celebrates Native American culture through art while providing space for community programs and art creation. OHCS is deeply honored to contribute to this partnership.

Bridge Meadows intergenerational community visit

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In April, OHCS Executive Director Bell had the opportunity to visit Bridge Meadows in Redmond, Oregon. This intergenerational community has ten affordable homes for families with foster children and 26 apartments for older adults, a communal kitchen where residents can cook and share meals together, and a community center with on-site services. The elders are mentors and friends to the youth, fostering meaningful connections for aging Oregonians while providing much-needed stability for our kids. OHCS is proud to help fund this truly trauma-informed community.

Meet the newest Housing Stability Councilmember

Sharon Nickleberry Rogers is a native Portland resident who resides in NE Portland with her husband and is an empty nester while her daughter attends college in Texas.  

Sharon recognized early on the importance of housing and knew having a safe place to call home was special.  She is a public servant employed as a Financial Analyst III with the City of Portland. She has over 20 years of experience in various financial roles with the Internal Revenue Service, Price Waterhouse Coopers, NE Community Development Corporation, Harsch Investment Properties, and Home Forward.

She is passionate about serving the community and making a difference for vulnerable residents who lack adequate or affordable housing and is honored to serve on the Oregon Housing Stability Council.