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Housing & Development

USDA to Help Finance New Farm Waste Biorefinery in Oregon

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Under Secretary Lisa Mensah joined Sen. Jeff Merkley in Oregon today to pledge their support for a new biorefinery in the state.

MERKLEY ANNOUNCES $36 MILLION IN HOUSING FUNDS FOR STATE OF OREGON

Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley announced that Oregon would receive over $36 million from the U.S. Department of Treasury to assist homeowners struggling to avoid foreclosure. Today’s announcement from the Treasury Department includes an opportunity for the state of Oregon to apply for an additional $110 million to address housing needs in the state. Senator Merkley has been instrumental in advocating for additional funding to address the foreclosure crisis that has rocked Oregon since the Great Recession and called on the Treasury Department to release this funding

MERKLEY DECRIES REPUBLICAN BLOCKADE OF AID TO FLINT, LACK OF INVESTMENT IN CRUMBLING WATER...

Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement as Senate Republicans continued to block proposed aid to Flint, Michigan, where families are facing lead-poisoned tap water

Damien Hall Joins Board of Commissioners

Damien Hall, a land use and real estate attorney with a background in urban planning, has been appointed to the board of commissioners. He holds a City of Portland seat on the nine-member citizen commission.

DeFazio, Huffman, Wyden, Merkley Praise Temporary Ban on Mining Projects in Southwest Oregon Watershed...

Seeking to protect a celebrated collection of world-class salmon and steelhead rivers, U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio (OR-4) and Jared Huffman (CA-2), as well as Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), applauded the temporary ban on new mining projects in an area covered by a bill the Congressmen and Senators introduced, the Southwest Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act.

Oregon Set to Have Largest Passive House Building in N America

REACH is proud to welcome Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici to celebrate the grand opening of Orchards at Orenco, a new affordable 57-unit development located at the Orenco Station in Hillsboro, Oregon. Orchards at Orenco Phase I is the largest multi-family building built to Passive House energy standards in North America

HDC helps ULRA secure $44 million to preserve one of Oregon’s largest affordable senior...

With assistance from Housing Development Center, Union Labor Retirement Association (ULRA) has secured $44 million in new federal and private funds, in addition to federal rent subsidies ULRA projects to be worth $144 million, to preserve Westmoreland’s Union Manor.

REACH Opens Affordable, Innovative Passive House Development Largest multi-family Passive House building opens in...

REACH CDC is proud to welcome Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici to celebrate the grand opening of Orchards at Orenco, a new development located at the Orenco Station in Hillsboro, Oregon. Orchards at Orenco Phase I is the largest multi-family building built to Passive House energy standards in North America. Orchards is 57 unit affordable building which recently won the Portland Business Journal’s Better Bricks Sustainable Project of the Year award for its commitment to green technology and energy efficiency

AT MEALS ON WHEELS CENTER, MERKLEY ANNOUNCES INTRODUCTION OF OLDER AMERICANS CARE ACT TO...

Visiting the downtown Meals on Wheels People dining center, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley today announced the introduction of the Older Americans Community Access Revitalization and Education (CARE) Act in the Senate next week to help older Americans stay in their own homes and communities as they age.

KTVZ: Walden blasts EPA over bid to expand water rules

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., released the following statement Thursday after the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to finalize its Waters of the United States rule, which would expand the federal government’s authority over waterways within the U.S

Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) seeks community input on addressing housing needs in...

Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) is seeking community input and advice to determine how we can do better in serving our most vulnerable residents. OHCS is developing our federally required Consolidated Plan, a five year look at how to address housing needs in Oregon

DeFazio to Lead Rally Against Fast Track Trade Authority and Organize Students to Protect...

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) will be in Eugene Monday, May 4, leading a rally to oppose fast track trade authority for President Obama and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Later he will lead a discussion with University of Oregon students about the student debt crisis.

MERKLEY, BALDWIN INTRODUCE BILL TO REQUIRE FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS TO USE MADE-IN-AMERICA MATERIALS

Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced the Invest in American Jobs Act, legislation to create good-paying American jobs and strengthen U.S. manufacturing by requiring federally-funded transportation projects to use American steel, iron and manufactured products whenever possible

Mercury incident at Banks, Oregon home requires EPA emergency cleanup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has completed an emergency cleanup of elemental mercury at a residential home in Banks, Oregon. EPA worked closely with state and local authorities to complete the cleanup and ensure that public health and the environment were not harmed.

REACH CDC Named in the Top 50 Developers by Affordable Housing Finance

REACH CDC announced their placement in the top 50 affordable housing developers in the United States by the magazine Affordable Housing Finance (AHF). To be considered for the AHF 50, 107 firms completed surveys detailing their recent activities.

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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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New Coalition Formed to Advance Zero Energy Buildings in Oregon

A group of Oregon-based organizations is announcing the formation of a coalition to advance the rapid adoption of zero energy building standards in the state of Oregon. A zero energy home or commercial building generates as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year through renewable resources. The founding members of the Oregon Zero Energy Buildings Coalition are Earth Advantage, Climate Solutions, New Buildings Institute, NW Energy Coalition, International Living Future Institute, and the Zero Energy Project.