This is the second part in a special series by Salem Reporter examining how affordable housing is funded and why public support is needed. Today: Looking at how the pieces fit for one new Salem project.
A housing plan advanced by a Senate committee includes $350 million, down from the $600 million Gov. Tina Kotek wanted.
Environmental groups still staunchly oppose a section in the governor’s housing proposal that would make it easier to expand cities.
Making it easier to annex land and increasing options for middle-income Oregonians are top priorities for the governor’s housing policy this year.
Oregon exceeded Kotek’s goals for building new shelter beds, rehousing homeless people and keeping families in their homes.
The state housing agency still can’t reliably say how many Oregonians were helped with pandemic rental assistance, an audit found.
Two downtown affordable housing developments and a large apartment building are scheduled to open in 2024.
Over 50 permits to build accessory dwelling units, like a “mother-in-law” cottage or a basement apartment, have been filed so far this year. It’s twice as many as last year, and city planners say it’s something that will chip away at Salem’s housing needs. Officials hope to make the option more accessible with new ready-build plans.
The $88 million lawmakers set aside this spring for rental assistance is on pace to run out by next summer, advocates said.
Developers say a new Salem housing project will have up to 500 residents. The unique partnership with Seed of Faith Ministries is intended to prevent property management companies from discriminating against Black residents.