Wyden, Merkley announce $200K from USDA for management of Oregon long-term affordable housing

WASHINGTON (KTVZ) — Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley,
D-Ore., announced Wednesday that Community and Shelter Assistance in Oregon
will receive $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide
ongoing management of long-term affordable housing in communities all over the
state, including Redmond and Madras.

“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,” said
Merkley. “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
communities in Gold Beach, Leaburg, Boardman, McMinnville, Idleyld, Dexter,
Cottage Grove, Redmond, Warrenton, Clatskanie, Winston, Estacada, Rainier,
Madras, Welches, and Newport as they develop long-term, affordable housing
options. 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,” said Rose
Ojeda, Director of CASA’s Manufactured Housing and Cooperative Development
Center. “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.