Hood River Housing Discussion


Hood River Community Housing Discussion
-Lot 700-
Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation (CCHC) will be hosting a community discussion for their Hood River community housing development on Lot 700. The event will be held on January 9th, 2018 at the Westside Elementary School Cafeteria (3685 Belmont Drive, Hood River). Doors will open at 6:00 PM and a brief presentation will begin at 6:15 PM. CCHC requests your attendance to learn about the community development on Lot 700 and engage in the design and planning efforts.

Adult Mental Health First Aid Training


Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.

What You Learn:

Participants in a Mental Health First Aid course discuss signs and symptoms

  • Risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems.

  • Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, suicide, non-suicidal self-injury and addiction disorders.

  • A 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health problem or in crisis.

  • Where to turn for help — professional, peer, and self-help resources.

Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.

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Columbia Cascade Housing Corp Receives INB grant

Joel Madsen

*Article printed by The Dalles Chronicle 11/9/2017

INB in support of the Community Reinvestment Act, enacted by Congress and intended to encourage depository institutions to help meet the credit needs of the communities in which they operate, recently presented $1,000 to CCHC for our active involvement in providing housing throughout the Columbia Gorge.

Joel Madsen, our Executive Director,  was quoted as saying “INB have been grat partners with CCHC and MCHA as we work to achieve our mission.  Not only is NIBs team extremely knowledgeable, they are constantly exuding their commitment to serving our local communities.  We look forward to future opportunities with INB in expanding affordable housing opportunities for our Gorge communities.”


Meyer Memorial Trust grants Mid-Columbia Housing Authority $75,000 for new deposit assistance program

Meyer Memorial Trust just released their grant funding for Advancing Equity and Mid-Columbia Housing Authority was on the list of recipients!  The grant awarded by Meyer Memorial Trust will fund a new deposit assistance program starting in January 2018.  This new program will assist low-income residence of Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties with an interest free loan for housing rental deposits.  The caseworker assigned will work with the recipients to help build their credit through the repayment process.  Please stay tuned for more information on this new program as it develops!

Lot 700 Press Release


Contact: Joel Madsen Executive Director
Mid-Columbia Housing Authority and Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation P: 541.296.5462 Ext 116 joelm@columbiacascadehousingcorp.org

Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation Presses Forward on Hood River Development

Hood River, Ore. (October 9, 2017) – Immediately following the City of Hood River’s decision to rezone tax lot 700 (aka Morrison Park) specifically for the purpose of developing affordable housing in concert with the Mid-Columbia Housing Authority and Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation (CCHC), CCHC began to assemble their development team and invest in predevelopment activities for their next affordable housing development in Hood River. Geotechnical engineers and professional surveyors began work onsite prompting the closure of
‘Morrison Park’ from 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. October 9th, 10th and 11th.

“Today marks the first day of site exploration on Lot 700 that will better inform the community and development team as to what the site may be able to produce. We are eager to learn more about this site; helping us to answer how we can best preserve open space and natural features, create multi-modal connectivity to and from the site and develop affordable homes”, said Joel Madsen, Executive Director of Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation.

Since the City’s decision in June to rezone Lot 700 for affordable housing development, CCHC has solicited proposals for key development team members such as Architectural, Engineering and General Contractor services, among others. ‘We have a spectacular development team that will surely assist in utilizing this site to its fullest and help us achieve our goals” says Madsen. “We are pleased to bring together Carleton Hart Architecture, Klein and Associates (Engineering), Greenworks Landscape Architecture, Bremik Construction and many other well qualified professionals for our next development in Hood River.”

CCHC, together with their development team, is committed to community engagement as this critical development winds its way forward and anticipates gathering ideas through community meetings and other outreach strategies during the fall.


Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit affordable housing developer whose purpose is to provide decent, safe and sanitary housing that is affordable to very low-, low- and moderate-income persons. CCHC operates within Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties in Oregon as well as Klickitat and Skamania Counties in Washington.

Oregon Drive Less Challenge

Join the Oregon Drive Less Challenge!

From September 16th – 30th is the Oregon Drive Less Connect Challenge.  During this time, log trips at www.drivelessconnect.com

You will be entered in to win prizes such as a $500 gift certificate or an electric bike!

And if it is a helpful incentive… the basic list of prizes. Over 55 prizes to win! Log trips each week for a chance to win weekly prizes:

  • $125 KEEN Gift Cards
  • Hydro Flasks
  • $25 Dutch Bros Gift Cards
  • Black Star Bags $50 Gift Cards
  • $50 REI Gift Cards

Log eight or more one-way trips to be entered to win a grand prize:

  • One of three GenZe electric16” e102 Rec Riser bikes (valued at $1,500 each)
  • One of three $500 cash cards

Senator Merkley Tweets and Facebooks about meeting local advocates

Back from Washington DC

As part of the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Foundation’s ‘Project Connect’ Joel Madsen and Leticia Valle visited our nation’s Capitol and met with a few of our northwest delegates on the region’s work to create a better culture of health!  Senator Jeff Merkley was inspired by the visit and put out a tweet and facebook post about their meeting and this video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3dRDS_w8BU that tells the Gorge’s story!


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