Hood River and Wasco Counties in Oregon’s Top Five Most Expensive Areas to Live!


The Dalles, OR. (June 13th, 2018) – This year’s Out of Reach report, released today from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), shows that Hood River and Wasco residents earning minimum wage would have to work almost two full time jobs just to afford a two bedroom apartment and still have money left over for other necessities like food, medicine and transportation. We know that families often pay much more of their income towards rent leaving them at risk of homelessness if an unexpected financial emergency or job loss occurs.

You can download the Out of Reach report here and learn about the housing wage in our community. To learn more about the work of the Mid-Columbia Housing Authority visit our website at www.mid-columbiahousingauthority.org.
Mid-Columbia Housing Authority’s purpose is to provide decent, safe and sanitary housing that is affordable to very low-, low- and moderate-income persons. MCHA operates within Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties in Oregon as well as Klickitat and Skamania Counties in Washington.


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City of Stevenson Public Notice – Public Hearing

Community Development Block Grant

             NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the City of Stevenson City Council in the council chambers at 7121 E Loop Rd, Stevenson, WA on Thursday, May 17th at 6:15 p.m.

The purpose of the public hearing is to review community development and housing needs, inform citizens of the availability of funds and eligible uses of the state Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and receive comments on proposed activities, particularly from lower income persons.

Up to $750,000 may be available to Stevenson on a statewide competitive basis to fund public facility, community facility, economic development, planning and affordable housing projects that principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons.

An outline of the proposed Home Rehabilitation Program will be available for review at the City of Stevenson City Hall and on the city’s web page http://ci.stevenson.wa.us/ beginning immediately. Comments may also be submitted in writing to the City of Stevenson, 7121 E Loop Rd, PO Box 371, Stevenson, WA 98648 no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 17th, 2018

A Spanish interpreter will be available. The City of Stevenson council chambers is handicap accessible. Additional arrangements to reasonably accommodate special needs will be made upon receiving 24-hour advance notice. Contact Leana Johnson at Stevenson City Hall, 509-427-5970.


Community Development Block Grant

SE DA AVISO POR EL PRESENTE que se llevará a cabo una audiencia pública ante el Concejo Municipal del Concejo Municipal en las cámaras del concejo al 7121 E Loop. Rd, Stevenson, Washington el Jueves, 17 de Mayo a las 6:00 de la tarde.
El objetivo de la audiencia pública es revisar el desarrollo comunitario y las necesidades de vivienda, informar a los ciudadanos de la disponibilidad de fondos y usos elegibles de la subvención estatal de desarrollo comunitario (CDBG) y recibir comentarios sobre las actividades propuestas, particularmente de personas de bajos ingresos.

Se pueden poner a disposición de Stevenson hasta $ 750,000 a nivel estatal para financiar instalaciones públicas, instalaciones comunitarias, desarrollo económico, planificación y proyectos de viviendas asequibles que beneficien principalmente a personas de ingresos bajos y moderados.
Un resumen del Programa de Rehabilitación del Hogar propuesto estará disponible para su revisión en el Ayuntamiento de la Ciudad de Stevenson y en la página web de la ciudad http://ci.stevenson.wa.us/ comenzando de inmediato. Los comentarios también pueden enviarse por escrito a la Ciudad de Stevenson, 7121 E Loop. Rd, PO Box 371, Stevenson Washington 98648 a no más tardar de las 5:00 p.m. el jueves, 17 de Mayo de 2018
Un intérprete de español estará disponible. Las cámaras del consejo de la ciudad de Stevenson tienen acceso para discapacitados. Se realizarán arreglos adicionales para acomodar razonablemente las necesidades especiales al recibir un aviso con 24 horas de anticipación. Póngase en contacto con Leana Johnson en el Ayuntamiento de Stevenson, 509-427-5970.

Hood River Community Housing Discussion

Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation (CCHC) is hosting a community discussion for our Hood River community housing development on Lot 700.  The event will be held on March 22nd from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. at 902 Wasco St. Hood River, OR.  Doors open at 6:00 and a brief presentation will begin at 6:15 P.M.  CCHC requests your attendance to learn about the community development on Lot 700 and engage in the design and planning efforts.


For those who are interested in learning more about our work in the community and to view the presentation shared at the previous community discussion please visit CCHC’s website:  www.columbiacascadehousingcorp.org and click on ‘news’.



Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation (CCHC) está organizando un debate comunitario para nuestro desarrollo de viviendas comunitarias de Hood River, en el lote 700. El evento se llevará a cabo el 22 de Marzo a partir de las 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 pm. en 902 Wasco St. Hood River, OR. Las puertas se abren a las 6:00 y una breve presentación comenzará a las 6:15 P.M. CCHC solicita su asistencia para aprender sobre el desarrollo de la comunidad en el lote 700 y participar en los esfuerzos de diseño y planificación.


Para aquellos que estén interesados ​​en aprender más sobre nuestro trabajo en la comunidad y para ver la presentación compartida en la discusión anterior de la comunidad, visite el sitio web de CCHC: www.columbiacascadehousingcorp.org y oprima ‘news’.

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Request for Proposals for Project-Based Vouchers for New Construction of Affordable Housing in Hood River County

Issued: Monday, February 5, 2018
Mid-Columbia Housing Authority (MCHA) is requesting proposals from qualified property owners and developers to participate in the Project-Based Voucher program.
Proposals must be received by 5:00 PM PST Wednesday March 7, 2018 in the MCHA office, 500 E 2nd Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058 or via email to karenL@mid-columbiahousingauthority.org. Proposals received after the designated time and date will be returned unopened. MCHA may reject for good cause any or all proposals upon a finding of MCHA it is in the public interest to do so.

Please see the full posting below
Karen Long

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Housing Opportunity Day

Take action to help ensure every Oregon has a safe, stable, and affordable place to call home and have fun while doing it — join us for our Housing Opportunity Day of the 2018 Legislative Session on Thursday, February 15th!

This is your chance to meet your legislators and share stories about what’s happening in your community and tell them directly that we need to meet Oregonians’ housing needs now.

We arrange visits with key legislators, form teams, provide in-depth training, and send you off into the Capitol to talk about the Housing Opportunity Agenda. You will get a chance to ask Legislators to invest in housing opportunity, including ending homelessness, developing and preserving more affordable homes, and expanding access to homeownership.

We need your help to share stories with legislators and share our message that we need bold action on housing now. For people who have never attended a Housing Opportunity Day, we promise we’ll make it fun and easy –and if you’ve been before, we are excited to have you join us again! Lunch will be provided.

We’ll be making appointments and counting on you to attend. If you need to cancel, please email amcintosh@neighborhoodpartnerships.org, or call or text Alison at (503) 816-2882 as soon as possible.

Location: We will begin the morning at the First Congregational Church which is a short drive or walk from the Capitol. The church is at 700 Marion Street NE.

Transportation: We will do our best to assist attendees with arranging carpools. While we cannot guarantee transportation, please let us know if you are able to help carpool or will need a ride when you register. Thank you!

Trainings: We will be hosting a pre-lobby day training to help prepare attendees for the Housing Opportunity Day. Please check the box at registration if you would like to attend a training either in person or via webinar.

Parking: Parking is available in the Marion Parkade: Marion Parkade, 538 Liberty Street NE and on the street.

The Salem parking meters accept credit cards. If you would like to move your vehicle closer to the Capitol after lunch, there is street parking on the streets around the Capitol.


9:00 AM: Coffee and Pastries

9:30 AM: Registration

10:00 AM: Training begins

11:30 AM: Lunch

We’ll walk over to the Capitol at Noon together to begin our visits. If you need a ride to the Capitol, let us know when you check in!

12:00 PM-4:00 PM: Visits with Legislators and activities at the Capitol (900 Court St. NE, Salem).

Registration is free! If you would like to support housing opportunity by covering the cost of the day for yourself, you can contribute an optional $15 registration fee. If you would also like to sponsor the registration cost for one of your fellow community members, you can pay an optional $30 registration fee. This will cover the space we rent, food, materials for attendees, etc. Most of all, we want you to attend, so just choose whichever of the three ticket options works for you, and thank you for being part of this important day! Registration is limited! We only have capacity for 100 people.

City of Hood River Housing

Finally, the results for last fall’s City of Hood River Housing survey are up in our results section.  Nearly 1,000 community members (and over 200 Spanish speakers) who live in, work in, or would like to live in the City of Hood River responded with their values and beliefs about housing affordability and availability in the City.  A Spanish translation of the report will be up soon, too.

With all of this in January alone, we can’t wait to see what else is happening in Oregon communities in 2018!

Hood River Community Housing -Lot 700-

Hood River Community Housing Discussion

-Lot 700-


January 10th, 2018 – Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation (CCHC) hosted a community discussion for their Hood River Community Housing Development on Lot 700 last night.  The event held at Westside Elementary School had roughly 50 people in attendance.


After a presentation from Carleton Hart Architecture and Greenworks Landscape Architecture (members of CCHC’s development team) those in attendance didn’t hesitate to provide constructive feedback as to how the development concepts could be enhanced.  “It was refreshing to see so many community members positively engaging in this important community development with constructive criticism.  This is exactly what we are looking for as the development on Lot 700 winds its way forward.” said Joel Madsen, Executive Director of CCHC.

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We all know Black Friday is the day to get deals, but #givingtuesday is a day for giving back. Support housing security and financial stability in your community by giving to Neighborhood Partnerships on #givingtuesday. Your dollars will support the Oregon Housing Alliance, the Oregon IDA Initiative, the Oregon Asset Builders Coalition, and other initiatives which aim to create meaningful, systematic change. #givingtuesday is November 28th! Save the date!


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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!