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Oregon Housing and Community Services' Annual Report highlights significant statewide housing outcomes (Photo) - 05/21/24

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) releases the 2023 Annual Report, “Building Oregon’s Future,” to show and highlight outcomes achieved throughout the state to meet the housing needs of Oregonians with low to moderate incomes.  

“Building Oregon’s Future describes the progress that OHCS has made in delivering results on the strategic goals and challenges facing our housing system,” said OHCS Executive Director Andrea Bell. “The public has placed great trust in OHCS, and we are honoring that trust by delivering results that aim to make everyday life better for the people of Oregon.”  

As the state’s housing agency, OHCS works across the housing continuum to help reduce poverty among Oregonians and increase access to safe, stable, and affordable housing. Some highlights from 2023 include: 

  • Over $436 million was allocated to create more than 4,000 affordable rental and homeownership opportunities across the state.  
  • OHCS surpassed all three housing goals helping more than 10,000 households and creating over 1,000 shelter beds. 
  • OHCS launched seven new data dashboards and reports to show the continued progress. 

“Even as we celebrate the many milestones highlighted in this report, we continue to work tirelessly to create new programs and policies and get funding out to communities as swiftly and efficiently as possible. Working together with our partners across Oregon, we remain relentless, through the lens of humanity, to deliver effective housing solutions for all,” said Bell. 

The report features stories from Oregonians who have received housing assistance through OHCS and its housing partners, like Howard. Howard is an older adult who was able to receive a new manufactured home through the Manufactured Home Replacement Program. His new home is more energy efficient and structurally sound, ensuring he has a safe place to enjoy and live for many years to come.  

The 2023 Annual Report includes many other key data points, stories, program and policy updates, photos, and more. You can read the full report on the OHCS website. 

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Oregon Housing and Community Services awards nearly $23 million to create more than 150 affordable homes across Oregon - 05/07/24

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) announces the approval of nearly $23 million toward creating 157 new homes across the state. These investments will continue to help establish concrete pathways for Oregonians to pursue homeownership.

“While no one community is identical, there is a shared need across communities for more affordable housing options. Even in this tough economy, our imperative is to continue fighting to ensure that Oregonians can still realize the dream of homeownership,” said OHCS Executive Director Andrea Bell. 

This year, OHCS changed how it grants Local Innovation and Fast Track (LIFT) Homeownership funding for the development of new affordable homes through a rolling application process.

“By providing multiple opportunities for developers to apply for funding instead of all at once, this new process can help accelerate new construction timelines in service to getting homes into communities faster, especially in rural areas,” Bell said

In fact, 30% of the awarded projects will be built in rural communities. The Hope St. Project is a prime example of that and is the first affordable homeownership community in Hood River. 

“After 32 years of building in the Gorge, Columbia Gorge Habitat for Humanity is very excited to build permanently affordable homes for the first time in Hood River,” said Chad Krause, executive director of Columbia Gorge Habitat for Humanity. “With the help of Oregon LIFT funding, these new homes will be built and sold to hardworking members of our community who can't afford market-rate homes. Hood River teachers and retail workers—needed desperately in our small town—may now be able to purchase their own Habitat homes.”

Here are the 10 developments receiving this round of funding awards:

ProjectLocationAwardeeUnitsTotal Award
1201 E 5th StNewbergNewberg Area Habitat for Humanity2$400,000
Adams CommonsSistersSisters Habitat for Humanity19$3.8 million
Breath of LifeMedfordTurning Point Program38$6.02 million
Hope St ProjectHood RiverColumbia Gorge Habitat for Humanity4$800,000
Myrtlewood WayGreshamHabitat for Humanity Portland Region20$2.68 million 
Rooted at 19thRedmondRootedHomes22$2,599,996 
Rooted at AntlerRedmondRootedHomes18$1.47 million 
Southtown IICorvallisDevNW16$2,815,610
Timber CottagesRedmondBend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity13$1.45 million
WoodlandsSistersSisters Habitat for Humanity5$950,000

Since the creation of the program in 2018, $71.3 million in LIFT funds have resulted in 47 projects with a total of 752 homes that are affordable to Oregonians. 

For more detailed information about each recommended project, please refer to the Housing Stability Council packet from April 26, 2024.

About Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS)  

OHCS is Oregon's housing finance agency. The state agency provides financial and program support to create and preserve opportunities for quality, affordable housing for Oregonians of low and moderate income. OHCS administers programs that provide housing stabilization. OHCS delivers these programs primarily through grants, contracts, and loan agreements with local partners and community-based providers. For more information, please visit: oregon.gov/ohcs.  

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7 de mayo de 2024

El Departamento de Vivienda y Servicios Comunitarios de Oregón otorga casi $23 millones para crear más de 150 viviendas a precio asequible en el estado

SALEM, Ore. – El Departamento de Vivienda y Servicios Comunitarios de Oregón (OHCS, por sus siglas en inglés) anuncia la aprobación de casi $23 millones que serán utilizados para crear 157 nuevas viviendas en el estado. Esta inversión continuará a ayudar a establecer vías concretas para que los habitantes de Oregon puedan convertirse en propietarios de vivienda. 

“Aunque ninguna comunidad es idéntica, existe una necesidad común de más opciones de vivienda a precio asequible. Incluso en esta difícil economía, nuestra misión es seguir luchando para garantizar que los habitantes de Oregón puedan seguir haciendo realidad el sueño de ser propietarios de una vivienda", declaró Andrea Bell, directora ejecutiva de la OHCS. 

De hecho, el 30% de los proyectos que recibirán fondos se construirán en comunidades rurales. El Hope St. Project es una de esas comunidades rurales que ha recibido fondos y es la primera comunidad de viviendas a precio asequible en Hood River.

“Al ofrecer más oportunidades para que los desarrolladores de vivienda soliciten fondos en lugar de hacerlo todos a la vez, estamos ayudando a acelerar la construcción de nuevas viviendas para que éstas lleguen a las comunidades más rápido, especialmente en las zonas rurales”, dijo Bell. 

El Hope St. Project es una de esas comunidades rurales que ha recibido fondos y es la primera comunidad de viviendas a precio asequible en Hood River.

“Después de 32 años construyendo en el Gorge, Columbia Gorge Habitat for Humanity está muy emocionada de construir casas permanentemente a precio asequible por primera vez en Hood River”, dijo Chad Krause, director ejecutivo de Columbia Gorge Habitat for Humanity. “Con la ayuda de los fondos del programa LIFT de Oregon, estas nuevas viviendas se construirán y venderán a miembros trabajadores de nuestra comunidad que no pueden permitirse comprar viviendas a precio del mercado. Los maestros y trabajadores del comercio minorista de Hood River—quienes se necesitan desesperadamente en nuestra pequeña ciudad—podrán ahora comprar sus propias casas de Habitat”.

Éstos son los 10 proyectos que recibirán fondos en esta ronda:

Desarrollo de ViviendaUbicaciónOrganizaciónViviendasInversión
1201 E 5th StNewbergNewberg Area Habitat for Humanity2$400,000
Adams CommonsSistersSisters Habitat for Humanity19$3.8 million
Breath of LifeMedfordTurning Point Program38$6.02 million
Hope St ProjectHood RiverColumbia Gorge Habitat for Humanity4$800,000
Myrtlewood WayGreshamHabitat for Humanity Portland Region20$2.68 million 
Rooted at 19thRedmondRootedHomes22$2,599,996 
Rooted at AntlerRedmondRootedHomes18$1.47 million 
Southtown IICorvallisDevNW16$2,815,610
Timber CottagesRedmondBend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity13$1.45 million
WoodlandsSistersSisters Habitat for Humanity5$950,000

Desde la creación del programa en 2018, $71.3 millones en fondos LIFT han ayudado a 47 proyectos de desarrollo para crear un total de 752 viviendas a precio asequible para los habitantes de Oregón.

Acerca del Departamento de Vivienda y Servicios Comunitarios de Oregon (OHCS)  

OHCS es la agencia de financiación de viviendas de Oregón. La agencia estatal proporciona apoyo financiero y de programas para crear y preservar oportunidades de vivienda a precio asequible y de calidad para los habitantes de Oregón con ingresos bajos y moderados. OHCS administra programas que proporcionan estabilización de la vivienda. OHCS ofrece estos programas principalmente a través de subvenciones, contratos y acuerdos de préstamo con organizaciones locales y proveedores comunitarios. Para obtener más información, visite: oregon.gov/ohcs.

OHCS on track to help hundreds of disaster survivors through the Homeowner Assistance and Reconstruction Program - 05/02/24

Program moves into application and review phase 

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) is moving into the application phase of the Homeowner Assistance and Reconstruction Program (HARP) after receiving nearly 800 Eligibility Questionnaires from survivors of the 2020 Labor Day wildfires and straight-line winds. This is an important milestone only made possible because of the partnership of local organizations.  

ReOregon, an OHCS program, launched HARP at the end of March to help homeowners with low to moderate incomes who still need assistance to repair, rebuild, or replace their homes in the wake of the disasters.  

“The HARP program is now progressing into the application review phase, which brings us closer to getting survivors the resources they need on their path to recovery,” said Ryan Flynn, director of Disaster Recovery and Resilience at OHCS. “We also want to thank all of our outreach and intake partners for their help in reaching and assisting hundreds of survivors. We couldn’t do this without them.”

ReOregon is now working on notifying more than 300 of the 800 people who submitted questionnaires with instructions on how they can apply for HARP. Local culturally specific organizations are helping households that may need additional support navigating the application process. ReOregon estimates there may be more survivors who may be eligible for assistance in later phases of HARP.

Those who are interested can still fill out the Eligibility Questionnaire on the re.oregon.gov website where eligibility requirements are also listed.  

For assistance with the process, contact the ReOregon Call Center at 1-877-510-6800 or 541-250-0938 or email housingsupport@oregon.org. Additionally, OHCS has partnered with community-based organizations to provide in-person support. A full list of these partners is on the re.oregon.gov website.  

About Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS)  

OHCS is Oregon's housing finance agency. The state agency provides financial and program support to create and preserve opportunities for quality, affordable housing for Oregonians of low and moderate income. OHCS administers programs that provide housing stabilization. OHCS delivers these programs primarily through grants, contracts, and loan agreements with local partners and community-based providers. For more information, please visit: oregon.gov/ohcs.  

 

2 de mayo de 2024

El estado brindará asistencia a cientos de sobrevivientes de desastres a través del Programa de Asistencia y Reconstrucción para Propietarios de Viviendas 

El programa entra en la fase de solicitud y revisión 

El estado brindará asistencia a cientos de sobrevivientes de desastres a través del Programa de Asistencia y Reconstrucción para Propietarios de Viviendas

El programa entra en la fase de solicitud y revisión

SALEM, Oregon – El Departamento de Vivienda y Servicios Comunitarios (OHCS, por sus siglas en inglés) pasa a la fase de solicitud del Programa de Asistencia y Reconstrucción para Propietarios de Viviendas (HARP, por sus siglas en inglés) después de recibir cerca de 800 Cuestionarios de Elegibilidad de sobrevivientes de los incendios forestales y vientos huracanados del Día del Trabajo de 2020. This is an important milestone only made possible because of the partnership of local organizations. El progreso de este trabajo ha sido posible gracias a la colaboración de las organizaciones locales.

ReOregon, un programa de OHCS, lanzó HARP a finales de marzo para ayudar a los propietarios de viviendas con ingresos bajos y moderados que aún necesitan asistencia para reparar, reconstruir o reemplazar sus hogares después de los desastres.  

"El programa HARP avanza ahora hacia la fase de revisión de las solicitudes, lo que nos acerca a la posibilidad de proporcionar a los sobrevivientes los recursos que necesitan en su camino hacia la recuperación", dijo Ryan Flynn, director de la División de Manejo y Recuperación de Desastres de OHCS. "También queremos agradecer a todos nuestros socios que se pusieron en contacto con cientos de sobrevivientes y proporcionaron asistencia con el cuestionario de elegibilidad. Este progreso no fuera posible sin ellos".  

ReOregon está trabajando ahora para notificar a más de 300 de las 800 personas que completaron los cuestionarios para darles instrucciones sobre cómo pueden llenar una solicitud para HARP. Organizaciones locales culturalmente competentes están ayudando a los hogares que pueden necesitar ayuda adicional para navegar por el proceso de solicitud. ReOregon calcula que hay mas hogares que pueden ser elegibles para recibir asistencia en fases posteriores de HARP.

Las personas interesadas aún pueden llenar el Cuestionario de Elegibilidad en el sitio de internet re.oregon.gov, donde también puede encontrar los requisitos de elegibilidad.  

Para obtener ayuda con el proceso de solicitud, comuníquense con el Centro de Llamadas de ReOregon marcando al 1-877-510-6800 o 541-250-0938. También pueden enviar un correo electrónico a housingsupport@oregon.org. Además, OHCS se ha asociado con organizaciones comunitarias para proporcionar apoyo en persona. La lista completa de estos socios se encuentra en el sitio de internet re.oregon.gov.

Acerca del Departamento de Vivienda y Servicios Comunitarios de Oregon (OHCS)  

OHCS es la agencia de financiación de viviendas de Oregón. La agencia estatal proporciona apoyo financiero y de programas para crear y preservar oportunidades de vivienda a precio asequible y de calidad para los habitantes de Oregón con ingresos bajos y moderados. OHCS administra programas que proporcionan estabilización de la vivienda. OHCS ofrece estos programas principalmente a través de subvenciones, contratos y acuerdos de préstamo con organizaciones locales y proveedores comunitarios. Para obtener más información, visite: oregon.gov/ohcs.  

Housing Stability Council Meeting - May 3, 2024 - 04/26/24

May 3, 2024

The next Housing Stability Council meeting will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2024. This will be a virtual meeting. You can find all relevant meeting materials on our website. The Housing Stability Council helps to lead OHCS to meet the housing and services needs of low- and moderate-income Oregonians by:

  • Establishing and supporting OHCS’ strategic direction
  • Fostering constructive partnerships across the state
  • Setting policy and issue funding decisions
  • Lending their unique expertise to the policy and program development of the agency

Register in advance for this meeting. Please note the new public hearing process:

Public comment is limited to council decisions on awarding loans, grants, or funding awards. Commenters will be allotted five (5) minutes per topic unless time is extended by the chair. (ORS 456.561)

In the event public hearing time expires and you are unable to speak or you have comments regarding another topic not related to the agenda items, please submit your comments in writing via email or USPS.

To mail in comments, please use this address:

Oregon Housing and Community Services
Attn: Oregon Housing Stability Council Assistant
725 Summer St. NE Suite B
Salem, OR 97301​

AGENDA

9:00: Meeting Called to Order

9:05: Report of the Chair

9:15: Report of the Director

9:30: Housing Stabilization Division (pg. 4)
          Liz Weber, Interim Director of Housing Stabilization Division

  • Youth Emergency Housing Assistance (YEHA): Judy Hui-Pasquini, Homeless Services Policy Strategist

10:00: Homeownership Division (pg. 12) 
            Keeble Giscombe, Director of Homeownership Division

  • Public Hearing comments in accordance with ORS 456.561
  • Homeownership Development NOFA Recommendations: Jessica MacKinnon, Senior Homeownership Development Program Analyst

10:30: 15-minute break

10:45: Affordable Rental Housing Division (pg. 28)
           Natasha Detweiler-Daby, Director of Affordable Rental Housing Division

  • Public Hearing comments in accordance with ORS 456.561
  • Transactions: Tai-Dunson Strane, Assistant Director Production
    • College View Apartments
    • Cypress Hills
    • MountainView Townhomes
  • Renaissance Commons (f.k.a., REACH Argyle) Bond Refunding and Reissuance and Bond Charge Recommendations: Hattie Iott, Production Manager; Tai-Dunson Strane, Assistant Director Production
  • Funding Resources & Set-asides Recommendation: Mitch Hannoosh, Senior Operations and Policy Analyst; Roberto Franco, Assistant Director Development Resources; Natasha Detweiler-Daby, Director
  • Evaluation Standards Recommendation: Mitch Hannoosh, Senior Operations and Policy Analyst; Rick Ruzicka, Assistant Director Planning and Policy
  • Construction Loan Guarantee Framework Recommendation: Mitch Hannoosh, Senior Operations and Policy Analyst

12:00: Meeting Adjourned