Quote: "Households struggling to pay high energy bills or maintain comfortable home temperatures can find support through the weatherization and heat systems crisis programs"Read the Article Here >>
The Homes for Good Open Rental Listing has been updated as of 11-03-2023. Homes for Good creates the Open Rental
Listing on a monthly basis as a resource to community members searching for housing options in Lane County.
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LISTA DE PROPIEDADES EN ALQUILER >>
Over the last few months, Homes for Good has been working to change the software our staff uses daily to operate our housing programs and services. We hope the software transition will enable us to deliver better customer service, and streamline our operations with better waitlist customer experience, reporting options, as well as portals for residents, landlords, and vendors. We appreciate your patience as we work through this major change.
While we work on the software transition, our operations will be affected Monday November 27th through Thursday November 30th, 2023.
What this four-day operational closure means for our program participants:
- Our 100 W 13th Avenue office will be closed to the public, including our front desk. The closure dates will not be considered as business days for the purpose of any stated deadlines you might have received.
- Our phones will not be available. For residents of Homes for Good Housing our work order maintenance phone and after-hours emergency lines will still be available.
- The drop box for paperwork and rent checks will be available outside of our 100 W 13th Avenue office.
- Our Maintenance Services activities, Food Programs, Resident Services activities, and Energy Services activities will not be affected.
- Site offices will be closed, and staff will be available for appointments only with the exception of our PSH sites.
- General response times from staff may be affected.
What this means for our partners, landlords and vendors:
- All payments and checks will be processed as usual.
- Our phones will not be available.
- The drop box for paperwork will be available outside of our office 100 W 13th Avenue office.
- General response times from staff may be affected.
Homes for Good ha estado trabajando para cambiar el software que nuestro personal utiliza diariamente para operar nuestros programas y servicios de vivienda. Esperamos que la transición del software nos permita brindar un mejor servicio al cliente y optimizar nuestras operaciones con una mejor experiencia para los clientes en la lista de espera, opciones de informes y portales para residentes, propietarios y proveedores. Agradecemos su paciencia mientras trabajamos en este cambio importante.
Las operaciones de nuestra oficina se verán afectadas del lunes 27 de noviembre de 2023 al jueves 30 de noviembre de 2023.
Qué significa esto para los participantes de nuestro programa:
- Nuestra oficina de 100 W 13th Avenue estará cerrada al público, incluyendo nuestra recepción. Las fechas de cierre no se considerarán días hábiles a los efectos de los plazos establecidos que haya recibido.
- Nuestros teléfonos no estarán disponibles. Nuestro teléfono de mantenimiento de órdenes de trabajo y nuestras líneas de emergencia fuera del horario de atención seguirán disponibles para los residentes de Homes for Good Housing.
- El buzón para documentos y cheques de alquiler estará disponible afuera de nuestra oficina en 100 W 13th Avenue.
- Servicios de Mantenimiento, Programas de Alimentos, actividades de Servicios para Residentes y actividades de Servicios Energéticos no se verán afectadas.
- Las oficinas del sitio estarán cerradas y el personal estará disponible para citas, solo con la excepción de nuestros sitios de PSH.
- Los tiempos de respuesta general del personal pueden verse afectados.
Qué significa esto para nuestros socios, propietarios y proveedores:
- Todos los pagos y cheques se procesarán como de costumbre.
- Nuestros teléfonos no estarán disponibles.
- El buzón para la documentación estará disponible fuera de nuestra oficina en 100 W 13th Avenue.
- Los tiempos de respuesta general del personal pueden verse afectados.
Quote: WHEREAS All Oregonians, including those disproportionately impacted by rising energy costs, deserve the opportunity to live in energy-efficient, healthy, safe, and comfo1table homes as provided for by the Weatherization Assistance Program.Read the Proclamation Here >>
Quote: Jacob Fox, executive director of Homes for Good, Lane County's housing authority, praised the existence of Eugene's SDC waivers but said he would like to see the cap removed. "System development charge waivers are really critical," Fox said. "Every city in Lane County should have the same program: an uncapped SDC waiver program for affordable housing."Read the Article Here >>
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Board Chair, Char Reavis.
Char served on the Homes for Good Board and our Resident Advisory Board for over 12 years and was also on numerous national, state, and local boards and committees.
Char was a passionate social justice advocate who worked tirelessly to realize her vision that access to housing and health care should be basic human rights available to everyone.
All of the accomplishments that we have made as an organization were possible because they were shaped by Char’s wisdom and creativity.
Char believed that access to affordable housing and affordable health care is a basic human right and in her numerous leadership roles she delivered solutions to increase access housing and health care
In this moment of reflection, let us honor Char's memory by redoubling our efforts to advocate that housing and health care can be secured by every person in our community. We have lost a remarkable leader, but her spirit will guide us forward in our pursuit of a fairer and more equitable society.Listen to Char's Speech at The Nel Grand Opening >>
Quote: The Housing Stability Council awarded Bridges on Broadway $8.4 million for permanent supportive housing, which offers rental assistance and on-site resources such as food resources, transportation, employment, and behavioral health support. Fox said that those moving into the housing will need a lot of support, care, and love to become stable renters.Read the Article Here >>
Quote: Construction on Ollie Court, which will be located near West 13th Avenue and Chambers Street, is set to start next summer. The project recently received $11.3 million in Local Innovation Fast Track funds, which are allocated by the state’s housing division. The project will also receive $13 million in a low-income tax credit from the state of Oregon, officials said.Read the Article Here >>
“The Oregon Housing Stability Council approved $103.5 million in Local Innovation Fast Track (LIFT) funding to go to 10 affordable housing developments across the state. Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) will provide 646 additional homes with these developments for individuals and households living on low incomes. Half of the funded projects will be built in rural communities and half in urban areas.” One of the awardees is Ollie Court in Eugene, receiving $11.3 million.
This award of LIFT funds and 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credits from OHCS represents the final piece of our funding package after generous contributions from the City of Eugene and State of Oregon and ensures that this project will be able to break ground in summer 2024.Read the Full Announcement Here
Quote: Homes For Good Housing Agency got $552,650 for it’s The Coleman project, a three-story development that officials said will provide 38 apartments as well as support services for people with conviction histories. Officials said the project is being developed on Highway 99 and Roosevelt Boulevard on land donated by Lane County. The project is also set to receive $470,847 in City Fee Assistance, and is expected to begin construction early in 2024.
Homes For Good also got $383,434 for Bridges on Broadway, a project to convert the four-story former Red Lion Hotel at 599 east Broadway into a housing complex. Officials said the project will be a 56-unit apartment community serving people experiencing chronic homelessness, including people with mental illness and substance use disorders. Residents will also get support services to help them maintain stable housing. Bridges on Broadway will get an extra $173,590 in City Fee Assistance and construction is expected to begin in spring 2024.Read the Article Here
Quote: The city council used funds from the Affordable Housing Trust Funds (AHTF) to support three low-income housing developments that applied for the funds this year: Homes for Good Housing Agency for 'The Coleman,' Homes for Good Housing Agency for 'Bridges on Broadway,' and Cultivate Inc. for the 'Grant Street Grow Homes.'Read the Article Here >>
Every year Homes for Good is required to submit an Annual Plan to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This includes updates to policy documents, which are the Admissions and Continued Occupancy Plan (ACOP) for Public Housing and the Administrative Plan for Section 8. Homes for Good Housing Agency is preparing its first Moving to Work (MTW) Supplement to the Public Housing Authority (PHA)Annual Plan (the “Supplement”) for submission to HUD. The MTW program gives Homes for Good specific funding and programmatic flexibilities. The Supplement describes the ways in which Homes for Good plans to use its MTW flexibilities in the Fiscal Year starting October 1, 2023.
Read the Full Communication:https://mailchi.mp/35cc110feb23/provide-feedback-on-our-annual-pha-plan... >>
Read the "Small Book":https://www.homesforgood.org/documents/files/plans-reports-policies... >>
Read the Full Communication Here >>
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Quote: OREDAP provides rental assistance funds to Lane County renters with low incomes who are at risk of eviction or who are facing homelessness.Read the Srticle Here >>
Quote: Renters in Lane County who are at risk of eviction can apply for financial assistance Thursday. Homes for Good is seeking renters who would otherwise be evicted within 21 days. The effort is part of the Oregon Eviction Prevention Program.Read the Article Here >>
Quote: Lane County's Continuum of Care received $4,138,087 for 12 projects:
$541,979 for The Commons on MLK and the Shankle Brooklyn Street Emergency Shelter as well as other scattered site units that collectively serve 62 adults who are chronically homeless.
$232,381 to support The Nel, an apartment complex with 45 units of permanent supportive housing for adults who are chronically homeless.
$829,786 for Homes for Good's shelter plus care program, which provides housing to families and chronically homeless individuals with disabilities. The program serves 73 households.Read the Article Here >>
Quote: Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding Oregon nonprofits, state, and local governments $49,970,799 through the Continuum of Care Program to support efforts across the state to address homelessness and promote access for individuals and families facing homelessness to resources and programs.Read the Press Release Here >>
Quote: Because of its proximity to frequent bus service, downtown, and grocery stores we've really been expressing to the City of Eugene and the community more broadly, how interested we are in developing affordable housing on that site.Listen to the Podcast Here >>
Quote: Homes for Good plans to build the Naval Reserve Apartments and Early Learning Center on 13th Avenue east of Chambers Street. Eugene owns the land, which is the site of the former Naval Reserve.
Eugene City Council and the Eugene-Springfield HOME Consortium Governing Board approved plans to build on the site. The city also provided more than $1.1 million in federal HOME funds and $735,000 in city fee assistance, according to a news release from the city.Read the Article Here >>
Yesterday February 14th, 2023, the Eugene HOME Consortium officially awarded Homes for Good the former Naval Reserve site located on 13th Ave and Chambers in Eugene.
Homes for Good is proud to partner with Head Start of Lane County and Early Childhood CARES to develop an innovative model for housing that will co-locate 81 units of new Affordable Housing with an Early Learning Center to address the need for affordable housing and affordable childcare in our community. A mix of one, two, and three-bedroom units will accommodate households large and small. The site is zoned Public Land (PL) and is currently owned by the City of Eugene. Homes for Good has been granted the right to develop affordable housing and an Early Learning Center at this site through a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP). The development will consist of two four-story buildings centered around community green space and ample parking for residents.Learn More Here >>
Quote: This year, the county contributed to the opening of three new housing complexes: The Navigation Center, a 72-bed low-barrier shelter; the Shankle Brooklyn Street Shelter for chronically homeless people; and Homes for Good’s permanent supportive housing The Nel.
Quote: New downtown affordable housing opens thanks to both a private developer and public funding
Quote: In the last three years, 235 housing units built or renovated by Homes for Good have met the high energy standards of Earth Advantage—a Portland organization working to create an informed and humane residential marketplace, with a focus on the climate’s impacts of housing.
This year, The Homes for Good Foundation will give out a total of five $1,000 scholarships to Homes for Good residents.
This scholarship can go towards college or a vocational program. So far this year we have awarded three scholarships, with applications for a second cycle of applications due October 26th, 2022.
Congrats Karin and Elizabeth!
Karin has been studying ceramics for the past five years at a local pottery studio, and is now taking pottery and business classes at Lane Community College to continue learning her craft. Elizabeth is currently a caregiver, and will be beginning a master’s program in Psychology at the University of Phoenix this spring.
Congrats to Mary-Catherine on Her Second Year Scholarship Award
In addition to these two scholarships, 2021 scholarship awardee Mary-Catherine received her second-year scholarship award.
“The first semester of college was rough and still felt very much like high school, but during breaks all I could do was think about returning to school to see my friends. Second semester of college was amazing and I can't wait for the new year to start.” – Mary-Catherine, 2nd year scholarship recipient
2022 National NAHRO Merit Awards
Homes for Good was recognized at NAHRO's annual conference in San Diego, and received four National Merit Awards.
"The NAHRO Agency Awards Program was created to give national recognition to the achievement and innovation of NAHRO agency/organizational members throughout the country; to provide additional opportunities to inform the public of the best in housing and community development; and to create a resource bank of information on significant, innovative activities performed by housing and redevelopment agencies and community development departments." (Quote from NAHRO).
Homes for Good received the following awards:
- In the Category of Resident and Client Services, for The Art Initiative
- In the Category of Affordable Housing, for The Keystone
- In the Category of Affordable Housing, for The Commons on MLK
- In the Category of Community Revitalization, for Market District Commons
Housing Oregon Strides for Equity Award
Homes for Good was recognized at Housing Oregon's Award Gala on September 28th, and received the Strides for Equity Award for "The Art Initiative"
The Strides for Equity Award Recognizes the many different ways our members across the state embrace diverse populations in their communities and ensure that prosperity is a tide that lifts all boats.
"In 2020, Homes for Good implemented the Art Initiative to incorporate art into affordable housing developments with the goal to connect the people served by their housing programs with art in community spaces. Competitive Requests For Proposals has resulted in installations at The Commons on MLK, Market District Commons, and The Nel. RFPs have preference points for local artists, members of the BIPOC community, former and/ or current residents, and people with low incomes as defined by HUD. A scoring criterion for Trauma Informed Design (TID) principles is included. One of the artists, Vietnam born Uyen-thi Nguyen, notes her love for community brought her to volunteer on nonprofit boards and with local arts organizations, and teach youth arts programs industries and later started her own business in Cottage Grove, Oregon."
Read more about the award here.
Quote: Wakan Alferez, the county's supportive housing director, says these projects are a big priority for Lane County. "When we think about just the increasing rate of unhoused folk in the community, and we think about how we are going to address that, permanent supportive housing is a super critical piece in that puzzle," she said.
Quote: On Monday, Oregon and Eugene announced they will join House America, an initiative under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Quote: “We know that housing and health supportive services can help people heal,” Jacob Fox, Executive Director of Homes for Good, said. “That’s why buildings like this are a responsible investment for our community.”
Quote: Executive Director Jacob Fox explains why they’re building these housing communities. “There are thousands of people experiencing chronic homelessness and that’s why Homes for Good takes its role so seriously,” said Fox. “And so that more people experiencing chronic homelessness have a safe home to live in and heal and grow as humans.”
Lane County and Homes for Good will be accepting pre-applications for referrals to the Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) Wait List starting Tuesday July 13th, 2021 at 9:00am PT.
EHV is a new program created through the American Rescue Plan Act. EHVs are tenant based vouchers that can be used in a variety of housing in the community. An EHV voucher is very much like a Section 8 Housing Choice voucher (HCV) in that the subsidy stays with the tenant, tenant pays a portion of the rent and Homes for Good pays a portion of the rent and the landlord will need to approve the tenant. EHVs follow the same procedures for tenancy as the regular Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. Participants are responsible for finding a suitable unit that: (1) Has a gross rent amount that falls within the determined rent limits and (2) Can pass a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection.
Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs) are specifically designed for households who are:
- At Risk of Homelessness;
- Fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking;
- Recently homeless and for whom providing rental assistance will prevent the family’s homelessness or having high risk of housing instability.