Housing

250-unit workforce housing development in Ashland moving forward

April 4, 2021

Bob Kendrick, an Ashland developer is moving forward with his “Grand Terrace” project that he has been working on for 7 years.  The 17 acre site on the north end of Ashland will have 12 buildings when complete. He plans on building 4 at a time.  Each building will contain 21 One bedroom units of…

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Fire Victim Housing : A progress report

April 4, 2021

By Jim Teece Publisher – Southern Oregon Business Journal It has been nearly seven months since the wildfires of 2020 devastated Oregon with over 2,500 homes lost just in Southern Oregon. I noticed that the FEMA  trailers that were parked at the Jackson County Expo, that have been there for months waiting for spots to…

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People’s Bank built a new mixed-use building in Klamath Falls with a Branch and Workforce Housing

April 4, 2021

I sat down with Steve Erb, Chief Strategy Officer of People’s Bank to talk about the new mixed-use bank building he just oversaw the construction of in Klamath Falls. It’s the first mixed-use building the bank has built and might become a blueprint for future branches.  The bank occupies the entire first floor of the…

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Who Benefits from the Housing Market?

April 4, 2021

By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis oregoneconomicanalysis.com One of the darker, underlying currents to the housing discussion is something along the lines that it’s the builders and developers who benefit the most, often described as exploiting or eroding our livability and quality of life. Usually this is couched in, shall we say, more…

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Hunter Communications Awarded $19.2 Million in FCC Rural Digital Opportunity Funding to Boost Broadband Services in Oregon and California

March 6, 2021

Hunter to provide up to 1 Gbps symmetrical fiber broadband internet Hunter Communications (Hunter), the premier fiber-optic communications services provider in southern Oregon and northern California, has been awarded $19.2 million through the Federal Communication Commission’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) Phase I auction.  Hunter will deploy 100% fiber-optic broadband networks to offer up to 1 gigabit symmetrical internet services to…

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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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