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More than $30 million awarded to Jackson County to rebuild housing lost to wildfire

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PHOTO GALLERY | Scenes from the Almeda Fire, one year later

Almeda Fire Talent, Saturday, September 19, 2020. Mike Zacchino

Earlier today, Oregon Housing and Community Services announced funding of more than $73 million to build 625 affordable homes in wildfire-affected counties across the state.

More than $30 million of those awards are earmarked for Jackson County, with plans to build 425 housing units.

Talent Mobile Estates will receive $7.5 million to rebuild 89 units for a resident-owned cooperative. The manufactured dwelling park was destroyed in the Almeda Fire in September 2020.

“I’ve been spending a lot of time in Southern Oregon and the Latinx community has been disproportionately affected,” said HSC Councilmember Gerard Sandoval, PhD. “This is a perfect type of project that is needed because it has strong community ties and is resident-owned.”

According to the information released today:

Many of the residents were Latino/a/x families who worked in agriculture and other low-wage service jobs. They have been displaced from their community for the past 20 months. The Phoenix-Talent School District reported that nearly 40% of its students lost their homes to the fire, causing a significant social, emotional and economic disruption. CASA of Oregon will work with its partner, Coalición Fortaleza, to engage residents displaced from the area as they develop the project.

Below is a list of the affordable housing developments awarded funding in Jackson County, with the names of the development, the number of units to build, and the amount of funding awarded..

Orchard Meadows and Prescott Gardens

  • 196 rental units
  • $9,000,000

Summit Gardens

  • 34 rental units
  • $6,060,000

Talent Senior Apartments

  • 22 rental units
  • $3,181,400

New Spirit Village

  • 84 homes to purchase (42 Affordable, 42 Market Value)
  • $4,300,000

Talent Mobile Estates

  • 89 Disaster Recovery and Resilience units to own
  • $7,500,000

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A native of San Diego, Mike has been a member of the NewsWatch 12 staff since January 2018. A former member of photo staffs at The Oregonian, Los Angeles Times, and San Diego Union-Tribune, Mike has never worked beyond the left coast.

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