$73M headed to So. Oregon to create affordable homes

SOUTHERN OREGON, —NBC5 News told you Thursday night that Oregon Housing and Community Services is awarding more than $73 million to help aid in the construction of 625 affordable homes for wildfire survivors. Now we’re hearing the reaction from one of the organizations getting the help.

More than $7 million will go to change Talent Mobile Estates, into a resident-owned cooperative. The park was destroyed during the Almeda Fire, displacing 89 families.

The on-site manager tells us funding will bring changes to the infrastructure, including bringing in fire-resistant homes. It’s also an opportunity for lower-income individuals to come back to the community, with affordable housing.

” I’m excited to be able to see the people come back and I would love to see it for permanent housing so many of these individuals have been shifted from place to place to place, hopefully, this is a good alternative,” said Debra Herring.

Along with the funding for Talent, New Spirit Village in Medford is getting $4.3 million. That money will be used to create 42 affordable homes, and 42 homes to be placed on the market.

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Jenna King is the 6pm and 11pm anchor for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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