Housing

Supportive Housing Collaborative Brings Solutions to Homelessness to Coos Bay Area and Beyond

February 4, 2021

Did you know that on any given night in Coos and Curry Counties, over 700 people are homeless? While often viewed as an “urban” problem, homelessness and housing insecurity are also experienced in rural communities.  While the causes that result in homelessness are complex, the solution is well known – more affordable housing where people…

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The Urban Renewal Agency of the City of Talent Receives a Generous $250,000 Grant From People’s Bank of Commerce Foundation for Transitional Housing on the Gateway Site

February 4, 2021

By Press Release Chair Darby Ayers-Flood Chair of the Board of Directors Urban Renewal Agency of the City of Talent mayor@cityoftalent.org The Board of Directors of the Urban Renewal Agency of the City of Talent were recently notified by People’s Bank of Commerce Foundation of a $250,000 grant award to provide housing for fire victims…

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The second stimulus bill and impact on housing

January 5, 2021

By Brad Cartier  stessa.com Diana Olick of CNBC opened up the week with some interesting real estate data to put 2020 to a close. Although mortgage applications fell 5% last week, they are still 26% higher than they were at the same time last year. Refinance volume jumped 4% as well last week and is…

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Land Conservation and Development Commission Adopts

December 8, 2020

Housing Production Strategy Rules At their meeting on November 12, 2020, the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) passed new rules to implement House Bill 2003 from the 2019 legislative session. The primary goal of the bill is to help satisfy unmet housing needs in Oregon through the development of housing production strategies. Forty-nine (49)…

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63 Million Households Are Unable to Afford a $250,000 Home

February 27, 2020

BY PAUL EMRATH ON February 6, 2020 REPRINT BY PERMISSION In January, NAHB released its new Priced-Out Estimates for 2020. A previous post discussed the often-cited estimate that a $1,000 increase in the price of a median-priced new home will price 158,857 U.S. households out of the market for the home. A second post discussed…

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Homelessness in Oregon

February 27, 2020

Solutions to inadequate housing supply, rising rents, a lack of public services and shelter space must be approached collaboratively by public, private, non-profit and philanthropic sectors Affordable housing and homelessness together represent a statewide crisis that must be tackled by all levels of government, philanthropy, nonprofits and businesses working together on collaborative solutions, says a…

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How Coronavirus is Helping Housing

February 2, 2020

By Curt Sandfort Although there were a few caveats, last week saw one of the biggest jumps in new home construction in more than decade. Now this week’s data shows existing home sales at their highest in nearly 2 years, and close to highest in more than a decade. Is housing starting to boom again?…

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Want more housing? Build a landlord.

December 3, 2019

By Joe Cortright If we’re going to have a lot more missing middle housing; we’re also going to have a lot more landlords Accessory dwellings, duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes are suited to “mom-and-pop” landlords, but tough tenants rights requirements may discourage many homeowners from creating more housing. By Ethan Seltzer City Observatory is pleased to…

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A Meeting with Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis

November 1, 2019

By Greg Henderson On January 3, 2019 in her State of the City address, Eugene’s mayor Lucy Vinis listed her “drawdown” list of four major priorities; “Homelessness and Housing, Climate Resiliency, Public Engagement, and Inclusiveness.” Her mind has not changed. In a forty-five minute meeting on October 22, Mayor Vinis shared thoughts and ideas on…

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We Used to Just Call These “Houses”

November 1, 2019

By Daniel Herriges Senior Editor for Strong Towns We have a way in the modern world of rediscovering things that humans have always done but branding them as something trendy and a little alien. So it goes with the explosion of interest in “tiny houses” as an answer to what ails cities struggling to house…

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Housing Affordability in Oregon

October 1, 2019

By Damon Runberg The fast growth in home prices have many across the state concerned about housing affordability. Obviously the cost of housing is a critical, if not the most important, component of housing affordability, but it isn’t the only factor that impacts the affordability of housing. In order to better understand affordability trends across…

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