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HACSA becomes Homes for Good

The Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County (HACSA) has helped connect people with “no and low” incomes to homes for nearly 70 years, providing Section 8 vouchers, building and managing affordable housing, and connecting people with housing services - yet many people couldn’t remember our name.

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NEDCO and Homes for Good collaboration for first-time homebuyers

We are so excited to highlight this special collaboration aimed at first-time homebuyers in the Eugene/Springfield area. The partnership between Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO) and Homes for Good (formerly HACSA) goes way back, but this year the two organizations are working together to sell 10 of Homes for Good’s scattered site properties with a preference for first-time homebuyers as well as people with low incomes and past program participants. Congratulations to our former Family Self-Sufficiency participant Niyah who also took advantage of NEDCO's homeownership programs.

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The affordable housing solution (Register-Guard)

The homelessness crisis can be understood as a housing crisis: If enough housing of the right types were available at affordable prices, people wouldn’t be living in shelters or on the streets. In that regard, the Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County is an 800-pound gorilla, with a budget and a capacity that dwarfs those of all other public or private organizations that work on the issues of homelessness and housing.

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HACSA recognized by Lane County Public Health (Register-Guard)

Five Lane County employers have been recognized by Lane County Public Health as Mind Your Mind @ Work champions. The employers were awarded $1,000 each to support employees’ mental health, participate in Mind Your Mind Month and to recognize creative solutions that sustain workplace mental wellness. Recipients are Eugene Family YMCA, Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County (HACSA), Oregon Community Programs, South Lane Mental Health and United Way of Lane County. Direction Service, Harmony Event Medicine, Kairos and Relief Nursery received honorable mentions.

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Half Of Springfield Residents Struggle To Pay For Housing And Basic Needs (KLCC)

In Springfield faith and service organizations continue to help homeless folks find shelter and get in to housing. They also help low income people pay rent. There’s little to no emergency shelter available in the city, and thousands of names are on the wait list for subsidized housing.

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No Place Like Home: 'Incomes are going up slowly, but rent is going up incredibly fast' (KMTR)

“Incomes are going up slowly, but rent is going up incredibly fast. So what that's doing is just creating a burden and lack of affordable housing in our community,” said Jacob Fox, executive director of the Housing and Community Services Agency, known as HACSA.

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'The idea is to provide the housing first': Lane County embraces Operation 600 (KVAL)

Drug addiction. Chronic unemployment. Mental health issues. The challenges facing people trying to get off the streets and end the cycle of homelessness are many. But Lane County Commissioners have given the green light on a new effort to get at those problems: Operation 600.

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Panel proposes transitional housing (Register-Guard)

Following an initiative last year to find shelter for 365 homeless Lane County veterans, a community panel working to cut homelessness has set a new, more ambitious goal: Build specially designed homes for 600 chronically homeless individuals in the next five years.

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Commissioners approve plans to build apartments near 5th Street Public Market (KMTR)

Another major development project in Downtown Eugene was set in motion on Tuesday. This one is three years in the making. The project would develop the county-owned land next to the 5th Street Public Market on 6th Street between Pearl and Oak. The two empty lots are currently being used as parking lots.

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County OKs plan to expand market (Register-Guard)

The Lane County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a development plan to expand the Fifth Street Public Market in downtown Eugene with a complex of restaurants, shops and apartments.

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New Affordable Housing Units Open In North Eugene (KLCC)

The second phase of an affordable housing project in North Eugene is done. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, Bascom Village’s grand opening for 48 units was held today.

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Vets housing effort eclipses goal

Army veteran Ray Peterson said he was homeless for 27 years before his weight dropped below 90 pounds and he nearly died on the streets of Eugene in late November.

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The Road to Reentry (Eugene Weekly)

In 2012, Roger Fields was staring homelessness in the face. Fields was three weeks away from being released from the Oregon State Correctional Institution, where he had served 22 months of a 31-month stretch stemming from convictions for car theft, drug possession and a parole violation.

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Programs help homeless vets find, keep housing (Register-Guard)

Through the VASH program, homeless veterans are provided vouchers administered through HACSA. They serve as a special class of Section 8 voucher. Since the passage of the Housing Choice Act of 2013, discrimination against agency- or government-funded rent subsidies has been outlawed.

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Housing project advances

A 54-unit apartment plan for ex-criminals is slowly moving forward in west Eugene. Officials with Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County and the nonprofit Sponsors Inc. plan to apply for building permits in January, according to recent documents filed with Eugene’s Planning and Development Department.

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Work begins on 2nd phase of Bascom Village Project (KVAL)

The second phase of a housing project named in honor of a former Eugene mayor will house dozens families once complete. Officials broke ground for Phase 2 of the Bascom Village Project, named for former Mayor Ruth Bascom. The development is at the intersection of Parkview Drive and Country Farm Road.

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Bascom Village Affordable Housing Begins Phase Two (KLCC)

Officials broke ground on a new affordable housing complex in north Eugene today (Monday). Phase two of Bascom Village will be sure to fill up quickly.

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Housing on appeal (Register-Guard)

Despite a continuing legal battle over how a 54-unit housing complex for former convicts was constructed in west Eugene, the developers say they plan to host a grand opening this spring and begin renting out the apartments.

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Complex for ex-cons nearly finished (Register-Guard)

The developers of a 54-unit apartment complex in west Eugene for former convicts say they’ll finish the building by the end of March or early April, following a key vote in their favor by the Eugene Planning Commission last week.

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Affordable Apartment Community For Ex-Cons Opens In Eugene (KLCC)

A new affordable housing community had its grand opening in Lane County, Monday. The Oaks at 14th will provide housing to an especially underserved population: people with criminal histories who have served their time and want to rejoin society.

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Lane County seeking funds for $11.7 million housing complex near Autzen Stadium for homeless people (Register-Guard)

Lane County officials hope to break ground next summer on a 50-unit apartment building near Autzen Stadium to house and counsel homeless people. The $11.7 million studio-apartment four-story project would be the first of its kind in Lane County in providing centralized shelter and -extensive support for its tenants, said Steve Manela, the county’s human services manager.

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Lane County housing agency buys former Eugene Public Library building (Register-Guard)

Lane County’s low-income housing agency has bought a prominent piece of downtown Eugene real estate. Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County has bought the former downtown Eugene Public Library building on West 13th Avenue and Olive Street, according to a deed filed with the Lane County Clerk’s Office.

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Downtown Eugene housing and retail project pitched by ex-mayor Brian Obie delayed (Register-Guard)

The multi-component undertaking — one portion to be developed by Eugene businessman Brian Obie and the other by Lane County government’s Housing and Community Services Agency — was set for a groundbreaking late this year or early next.

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Fifth Street Public Market’s $50M expansion will test limits of Eugene’s controversial property tax waivers (Register-Guard)

The former Eugene mayor wants to turn two Lane County-owned parking lots into a $50 million mixed-use building with about 130 apartments rising over boutique shops and restaurants. Obie calls it a natural extension of his Fifth Street Public Market just to the east.

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Priced out of housing (Register-Guard)

Saying that people in Lane County face homelessness because there’s a shortage of affordable housing is akin to saying people are hungry because they don’t have food — it’s blazingly obvious. Yet sometimes this basic equation gets lost.

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Lane County commissioners approve employee contract that ended 500-worker strike last week (Register-Guard)

Commissioners voted 4-0 in a pair of votes Tuesday to implement contract terms the sides agreed to Oct. 24. Commissioner Pat Farr, whose son is an AFSCME-¬represented county employee, abstained from voting. The employees went on strike Oct. 18, picketing outside county government buildings after months of negotiations failed to yield an agreement on terms for a new three-year contract.

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Across Eugene, Demand Still Strong For Affordable Housing (KLCC)

Jacob fox is executive director for homes for good – formerly housing and community services agency of Lane County (HACSA). He says last year when they opened up their waiting list for a 10-day period, nearly 5,000 people signed up. That’s more than twice the number from almost five years ago.

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