Oregon funds $8.9 mil. in affordable housing for veterans: 'We owe it to them'

Crews work on affordable housing in Bozeman, Mt. - File SBG photo

PORTLAND, Ore. – The state is dedicating nearly $8.9 million to help build housing for homeless veterans, the Oregon Housing and Community Services agency announced Thursday.

The money will fund 71 new affordable homes for Oregon veterans and their families in developments in North Bend, Klamath Falls, Oregon City, and Northeast Portland.

"We are grateful to Oregon Housing and Community Services, the Governor and our legislative partners for their efforts to ensure that every veteran facing homelessness or a mental health crisis has the resources and care they need to get back on their feet," said Mitch Sparks, Acting Director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs.

The more than $8,880,000 is mostly supported by the document recording fee, which is the state’s only dedicated source of funding for affordable housing and homeless services.

The Klamath Falls and North Bend developments also received funding from legislation passed in 2015 to help people with mental illness or substance use disorders.

"Our veterans have bravely served our country and we owe it to them to ensure they have a safe and stable place to call home," Governor Kate Brown said in a press release. "This legislative session, via House Bill 4007, we have an opportunity to expand the critical resources of the document recording fee, and the chance to make a difference in the lives of hundreds more of our veterans."

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