MEDFORD, Ore. -- Columbia Care is hoping to add even more affordable housing to Southern Oregon. The local non-profit provides mental health services and housing programs, to name a few things.
Currently the organization is helping about 150 people find affordable, stable housing.
The Medford City Council recently approved a zoning change for Columbia Care's lot at the corner of South Columbus Avenue and Stewart Avenue. Currently, there are eight cottages located on the property, some of which house local veterans.
The change would allow the organization to use the lot to build a new, 12-unit housing facility.
Medford City Councilor Kay Brooks said the project fits right in with Council goals and the Council wants to continue to make housing a priority for Medford.
Columbia Care Communications Director Jennifer Sewitsky said the project is in its very early stages and many of the logistics will depend on state funding since the organization is a non-profit.
"Right now we own the land and have the mission to serve individuals in our community and we want to create more affordable housing, how that will exactly look is yet to be determined, some of that is dependent upon future funding," Sewitsky said.