House Passes Bill to Ensure 8-Year-Old Locally Supported Land Exchange in Oregon

H.R. 699, the “Mount Hood Cooper Spur Land Exchange Clarification Act,” sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) passed on suspension by a vote of 415-1. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement

Housing Works Awarded Funds to Convert School to Housing in Prineville

Housing Works is excited to announce the funding of Ochoco Elementary School apartments, a repurposing of Ochoco School into multifamily housing in Prineville. The project involves the conversion of the 70-year-old Ochoco Elementary School into 29 affordable apartments. The property is located at the junction of Highways 26 and 126.

SENATE PASSES PROVISIONS TO HELP REBUILD LOST HOUSING FOR COLUMBIA RIVER TRIBES

U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announced that provisions to help fulfill long-unmet housing obligations to tribes along the Columbia River have passed the full U.S. Senate as part of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA)

New Pearl District Apartments Seek Rigorous LEED Green Building Certification

Nonprofit developer BRIDGE Housing is pursuing a Gold-level LEED for Homes certification for The Abigail, a newly constructed property at 1650 NW 13th Avenue that offers 155 apartments, including 128 with affordable rents for low-income households. The Abigail will celebrate its grand opening on Friday, Sept. 16.

Rep. Peter DeFazio Announces New Funding to Combat Veteran Homelessness across Southwestern Oregon

Representative Peter DeFazio today announced nearly a million dollars in new funding has been awarded to combat veteran homelessness across southwestern Oregon. The VA has awarded $985,293 in grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program to help low-income veteran families avoid homelessness

MERKLEY AND WYDEN ANNOUNCE $4.7 MILLION TO HELP HOMELESS VETERANS ACROSS OREGON

Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded over $4.7 million in grant funding for homeless veterans in Oregon. The funding comes from the Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) program and will be distributed to organizations across the state.

Wyden and Merkley Announce $4.7 Million to Help Homeless Veterans Across Oregon

Oregon’s Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded over $4.7 million in grant funding for homeless veterans in Oregon. The funding comes from the Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) program and will be distributed to organizations across the state.

Medford Center Unveils $12M Plan to Add Restaurants, Wine Bars, Breweries and Experiential Retail...

LBG Real Estate Companies, LLC (“LBG”), a Southern California-based investor in retail real estate, announced that plans have been finalized for the redevelopment of Medford Center, a 420,000-square-foot regional entertainment and lifestyle shopping center in Medford, Oregon, which serves Medford, Grants Pass and Ashland area residents as well as the Rogue Valley’s 3.2 million annual visitors. LBG plans to invest over $12 million to create more than 30,000 square feet of experiential retail and restaurant space for a variety of culinary offerings including brewery and wine-based concepts, complemented by the highly successful Cinemark Tinseltown Theater and other retailers in the already 90% occupied Medford Center

Oregon Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Vietnamese Neighbors and Interfering with their Housing Rights

John Blayne Vangastel, 37, of Klamath Falls, Oregon, pleaded guilty today in the District of Oregon to one count of using threats of force to injure, intimidate and interfere with his neighbors in the enjoyment of their housing rights because they are a family of Vietnamese descent.

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MERKLEY COMPLETES OREGON AFFORDABLE HOUSING TOUR

Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley completed his Oregon Affordable Housing Tour today after stops in Portland, Medford and Eugene this week. Merkley held roundtable discussions in each city with local and state advocates about what the federal government can do to help address the housing crisis that is gripping the entire state. Additionally, Merkley heard directly from Oregonians who have been affected by rising rental prices, lack of available housing and skyrocketing housing prices

Wendy Serrano Joins the Home Forward Board of Commissioners

Wendy Serrano, a Field Representative for Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s office, has been appointed to the board of commissioners. She holds a City of Portland seat on the nine-member citizen commission.

MERKLEY APPLAUDS OREGON LEGISLATURE’S PASSAGE OF BILL TO END COAL ELECTRICITY, BOOST RENEWABLE ENERGY...

Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after the Oregon State Senate passed landmark legislation to end the usage of coal-powered electricity in the state and to increase the percentage of the state’s electricity generated from renewable power sources to 50% by 2040. The legislation, which was previously passed by the Oregon House of Representatives, will now go to the Governor to be signed into law

Wind power hails Oregon’s move toward 50 percent renewable energy

American wind power hailed Oregon’s bipartisan decision to raise the state renewable energy law to 50 percent renewables by 2040. The new state law doubles Oregon’s access to renewable energy, putting the state on the path to cut costs, keep the lights on, and create cleaner air

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Oregon Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Vietnamese Neighbors and Interfering with...

John Blayne Vangastel, 37, of Klamath Falls, Oregon, pleaded guilty today in the District of Oregon to one count of using threats of force to injure, intimidate and interfere with his neighbors in the enjoyment of their housing rights because they are a family of Vietnamese descent.

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House Passes Bill to Ensure 8-Year-Old Locally Supported Land Exchange in...

H.R. 699, the “Mount Hood Cooper Spur Land Exchange Clarification Act,” sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) passed on suspension by a vote of 415-1. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement