Affordable Housing: Gold Beach and other Oregon cities to share $200,000 in federal funds

Community and Shelter Assistance (CASA) in Oregon will
receive $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide
ongoing management of long-term affordable housing in communities all over the
state, including Newport and Warrenton.

Oregon U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced
funding Wednesday, Dec. 14.

“As we enter the coldest months of the year, I’m
gratified to see federal dollars go to keeping roofs overhead for Oregonians in
communities throughout the state,” Wyden said. “While
building more long-term affordable housing remains an ongoing challenge, CASA
is providing crucial services to maintain and expand the long-term affordable
housing we already have. I will continue to fight so that in the wealthiest,
strongest nation on earth, all Oregon families have a warm, safe, affordable
and stable place to call home.”

“Everyone should be able to afford a safe place to call
home, and as we are faced with a housing affordability crisis, it is crucial that
we support efforts expanding access to housing options,” Merkley said.
“This funding, going to CASA of Oregon to support housing cooperatives
across the state, will ensure Oregonians have greater access to affordable and
reliable housing options.” 

CASA, located in Sherwood, will use the Rural Development
grant dollars from USDA along with $96,500 it raised to provide assistance to
the following communities as they develop long-term, affordable housing

  • Gold Beach
  • Newport
  • Warrenton
  • Clatskanie
  • Rainier
  • Leaburg
  • Boardman
  • McMinnville
  • Idleyld
  • Dexter
  • Cottage Grove
  • Redmond
  • Winston
  • Estacada
  • Madras
  • Welches

CASA provides ongoing technical assistance to housing
cooperatives to ensure long term viability as affordable housing options.

“We are grateful for these much-needed resources that
will allow us to find long-term solutions to the housing crisis that too many
Oregonians – especially those living in rural areas – face,” CASA’s
Manufactured Housing and Cooperative Development Center Director Rose Ojeda
said. “We look forward to working with our local partners to develop
programs tailored to their unique needs that create more sustainable, healthy,
and just communities.”