From Coast State Representative David Gomberg (D-Otis)
Governor Kate Brown today announced five housing pilot projects across the state as part of her Future Ready Oregon initiative. Two of those projects are located in House District 10 (Central Coast). The Workforce Housing Initiative, led by the Governor’s Regional Solutions Cabinet, was designed to form partnerships between local communities, the business sector, and private developers to address the housing shortage for working families in Oregon.
“It’s significant to see the Regional Solutions Cabinet recognize the unique housing challenges we face in our coastal communities,” said State Representative David Gomberg (D-Otis). “These pilot projects will provide critically needed affordable, safe and stable homes. And I could not be more pleased to see two of the five homes right here in our district. I look forward to exploring ways in which we can scale up these programs to increase both affordable housing and economic development on the coast.”
The Governor’s Regional Solutions Cabinet selected the five pilot projects with a focus on employer engagement, as well as the potential for scaling up and replication across the state. There was high demand for financial and technical assistance across the 31 applications received.
In Pacific City, Nestucca Ridge Development, the locally-owned parent company of Pelican Brewing Company, will construct 12 homes on several acres they currently own. They will pre-lease six of those to their local employees, over half of whom currently commute from outside of Tillamook County.
In Lincoln County, new income-qualified homebuyers will have opportunities to purchase a home through Proud Ground. Proud Ground uses a land trust model to combine a subsidy to lower the purchase price of homes on the open market with land lease and affordability covenants. Lincoln County, Newport, and Lincoln City will invest matching funds as well as partner with the local school district and other employers.
The pilot projects are still subject to successful negotiations and compliance with state and local processes. After compliance with the program requirements, the pilots will begin launching in the coming months.