EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon Governor Kate Brown toured an affordable housing complex Friday after state leaders announced funding for new housing projects.
Brown toured Bascom Village II in North Eugene and met with residents and community leaders. Tenants at Bascom Village make 50 percent less than the median area income.
Oregon Housing and Community Services recently awarded funding to 13 housing projects, two in Eugene.
Market District Commons was awarded $12 million. Located on 6th Avenue and Oak Street, the mixed-use space with 50 units of affordable housing plans to serve downtown Eugene’s workforce. Developers with Homes for Good Housing Agency said they hope to have it completed by early 2020.
State leaders also awarded $3 million to develop a supportive housing apartment community on Martin Luther King Boulevard. That project aims to not only give some of the city's homeless a roof over their heads but also provide services including connections to employment and education. Developers with Homes for Good Housing Agency said the money from the state will allow them to leverage other necessary funding, and they hope to start building in the summer of 2019.
“We're going to continue this work. We have over 11,000 units either built or in the pipeline,” Brown said. “We're going to continue to invest because I believe that having a warm, safe affordable dry place to call home is instrumental for every Oregonian.”
Republic candidate for governor Knute Buehler said under Brown, homelessness is getting worse and Oregon has a housing supply shortage and an affordability crisis.
If elected he said he would solve unsheltered homelessness within five years with 8,000 more shelter beds statewide, get a $50 million direct rental assistance fund for affordable workplace housing, and fast-track the construction of 20,000 housing units to increase supply and hold down costs.