From KLCC.org, Public Radio, Eugene Oregon, “Farmworker Housing Tax Credit Set To Sunset In 2014” by Angela Kellner, 31 Mar 2011.
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A tax credit to encourage developers to build affordable housing for Oregon farm workers is set to expire in 2014. House Bill 3168 would extend the credit through 2020.
The Farmworker Housing Tax Credit has been in effect since 1989. Aria Seligmann is with Oregon Housing and Community Services. She says more homes still need to be built. The tax credit has helped lead to the development of 124 housing developments.
Seligmann: “78 of these developments are on farm communities and 46 are located within regular, established Oregon communities. So that these farmworkers and their families can have easy access to their jobs and also to schools and transportation.”
Seligmann says Oregon is home to more than 44,000 year-round farm laborers. During the peak growing season, there are about 150,000 migrant farm workers and their families. The state says they contribute about $4.3-billion to the annual agricultural economy.
Farmworker advocates will celebrate Oregon’s progress in improving the quality of housing at an event Friday in Salem.
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