Portland Tribune | Courtney Vaughn
Low-income seniors in two apartment complexes in the county will still be able to stay in their homes, thanks to the Community Action Team and state and federal agencies.
CAT, with substantial help from Oregon Housing and Community Services, as well as U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program, purchased The Victorian senior apartment complex and Olive Court apartments in Scappoose.
The purchase means the units will continue to be rented at a subsidy to the low-income tenants.
“What we are trying to accomplish at Victorian and Olive Court is to preserve the rental assistance that’s in place,” Jim Tierney, executive director of CAT, said Tuesday.
The single-family housing developments are two of a few affordable housing developments in Columbia County. CAT operates three other housing projects in Columbia County under a tax credit program that provides rental assistance.
The agency was able to purchase the housing developments with the help of Oregon Housing and Community Services.
“They gave us several million dollars to acquire the project, to do $1.5 million worth of repairs on it and to rent it out,” Tierney said.
There are 21 units between Olive Court and the Victorian senior apartments.
Tierney said the purchase doesn’t mean a guaranteed subsidy forever, but he’s confident that federal and state assistance will be renewed for the foreseeable future.
“There is no promise. On the other hand, we’ve been doing this under the same program, renewing it year after year, or every five years, since the 1960s,” he explained. “It’s a longstanding commitment.”
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