From Oregon.gov, 20 Apr 2011.
Salem [OR] — The Oregon State Housing Council approved funding for a Hood River, Ore. farmworker housing project on Friday.
Columbia Cascade Housing Corp. acquired a grant reservation of $500,000 in Trust Fund monies and $440,072 of Housing Preservation Funds (HPF) for the acquisition and rehabilitation of WyEast Vista Apartments, which serves farmworker families.
“We are proud to assist the preservation of affordable housing for Oregon’s agricultural community,” said Oregon Housing and Community Services Acting Director Rick Crager. “With these funds, Oregon proves its commitment to improving farmworker housing quality and availability.”
Columbia Cascade Housing Corp. Executive Director Ruby Mason added that because of the shortage of housing in Hood River, there are residents that have been at WyEast since the building was constructed in the early 1990s. “We get very little turnover,” she said. “There is no place for people to go, so they stay. The plan is to have more homeownership education opportunities for people to move up and out.”
WyEast is the only dedicated farm labor project in Hood River, with 12 of the 25 units receiving projectbased rental assistance. The funds will be used to rehabilitate the units and preserve affordability for at least 20 years.
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