New Affordable Housing Could Be Coming to Medford

The Medford City Council is discussing new affordable housing

Posted: Sep. 19, 2018 6:56 PM
Updated: Sep. 20, 2018 11:18 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. — These Cottages in Medford were built in the 1930s and 1940s. The City of Medford is discussing changing their city ordinance to allow more cottages like these to be built.

Linda Estrada has lived in her small cottage for about a year now and says she's happy.

Linda Estrada says "I'm not able to do a whole lot so yeah the smaller house and i like it too because they're separate." She says it's also nice to have her own separate space, but also nice to have someone close by.

Linda says "if you get sick or anything you have somebody to or if you are going to be gone all you have to say is i'm going to be gone would you keep an eye on the place."

Matt Brinkley the Planning Director for the City of Medford says "it's a housing type that we've had historically here in the city of Medford in other communities around the Rogue Valley and really throughout the United States."

The cottages are affordable because of their size.

Matt says "this particular housing type in Medford provides which we call naturally occurring affordable housing."

Having the city ordinance change would allow more plots of land to have these smaller affordable homes. Matt is bringing the discussion of these small homes to the city council study session. That session is Monday September 24th at 6 pm.

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