The Newport City Council Monday night teamed up with the non-profit Proud Ground organization, which is promoting affordable housing deals to eight families who have been selected for down payment assistance to help them move in. Average grant subsidies are just shy of $90,000. These homes are in Lincoln City, Newport, Seal Rock and Waldport. These and other affordable housing efforts seek to provide housing for working class families. Employers who need workers are also chipping in to help seal the deal for a number of families. The eight homes are not even a drop in the bucket for lower income families who need housing, but it’s a start. There are a couple of other affordable housing projects being built in Lincoln County to help house laborers for tourism and retail outlets.
The city council also learned that the “Coast to Valley” bus service will start back up on June 7th. Those catching the bus on the coast can affordably reach the Willamette Valley with connections north and south from there. Rates appear to be quite reasonable.
The seemingly never ending saga between Rogue Ales and the city of Newport is showing signs of coming to a suitable deal between the two entities over what the city contends is finishing up on working with the beer brewery to better treat wastewater from their operations. The negotiating dance between Rogue and the city appears to be nearing a conclusion but will still take a while to finally come to a permanent solution. City officials say that Rogue is making suitable strides in making sure that their effluent from their beer operations has been adequately processed and treated.
And Newport will be engaged in a financial arrangement with the state and federal governments to assist financially hard hit businesses, especially on the Bayfront and at South Beach. They’re trying to get some financial help to crawl out of the financial hole the Covid-19 pandemic has caused. Final distribution of those funds, some of which are coming from city urban renewal funds, have not been fully worked out yet. But they’re close.