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Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) recently awarded more than $1.7 million in General Housing Account Program Capacity Building grants to seven rural housing organizations in the state to boost their capacity to address housing needs in their communities.

The organizations are:

  • Burns Paiute Tribe;
  • Housing Authority of Malheur & Harney County;
  • Clatsop Community Action;
  • Community Services Consortium (Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties);
  • North Bend City/Coos-Curry Housing Authorities;
  • Peace at Home Advocacy Center (Douglas County); and
  • Columbia Cascade Housing Corp. (Hood River, Wasco, and Sherman counties).

Each organization will receive $245,000 to create and strengthen organizational and regional capacity opportunities.

In another move, OHCS announced awarding $20 million to modular housing developers to boost production throughout the state. The developers will prioritize supplying modular housing that is affordable to state and local governments following a wildfire or other disaster and low- and middle-income housing construction.

“Oregon needs affordable and middle-income housing in all shapes and sizes,” said Andrea Bell, OHCS director. “Investing in the production capacity of modular homes is vital to increasing housing options, particularly in rural communities.”

Housing is considered modular when building sections are built in a factory and then put together at the intended site. Modular can help accelerate affordable housing production as it can lower construction costs and reduce construction schedules compared with traditional building methods.

OHCS created the Modular Housing Development Fund to distribute the $20 million allocated through House Bill 2001 in the 2023 legislative session. There were 17 eligible applicants, and the agency intends to award $5 million each to Blazer Industries, Intelifab, Pacific Wall Systems, and Zaugg Timber Solutions.