SOU Students Speak Out for Fair Housing

ASHLAND, Ore. – Three years ago, AJ Herlitz began what turned out to be a near-impossible apartment search. His first dozen calls all yielded the same response. “They automatically said ‘we don’t rent to college kids, especially male,’” said Herlitz. A survey performed last year by The Associated Students of Southern Oregon University (ASSOU) and … Continue reading »

City to Discuss Amazon Development

EUGENE, Ore. — The battle over a housing development in South Eugene will take center stage at Wednesday night’s city council meeting. The legal battle has been going on for more than a decade and it’s because of where the development is going to be located. It’s on 18 acres of property in the headwaters … Continue reading »

Planning Commission Denies Proposal

CORVALLIS, Ore. — In a 4-3 vote, the Planning Commission denied to recommend a project proposal that would bring in a student developer on the western portion on Harrison Boulevard. The planning commission deliberated Wednesday evening for almost three hours regarding the Campus Crest property on Witham Hill. The proposal would have extended Circle Boulevard … Continue reading »

Eugene to Discuss Cohousing Project

EUGENE, Ore. — A planned housing development off River Road is eliciting controversy in the neighborhood where it’s been proposed, and the city will hold a meeting on Wednesday to discuss preliminary approval for the project. The development is a cohousing project called Oakleigh Meadow, which would sit on a two-and-a-half acre parcel of land. … Continue reading »

Capstone Confusion

EUGENE, Ore. — One of the biggest projects in downtown Eugene created a bit of confusion Tuesday. A sign in at the new Capstone Housing Project reads 13th and Olive. The problem is, the cross streets on the side of the building are from 11th Avenue and Willamette Street to 13th Avenue and Willamette Street. … Continue reading »

OSU Closing Four Housing Co-Ops

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University will end the cooperative housing programs at four homes on campus at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Students living at Avery Lodge, Azalea House, Dixon Lodge and Oxford House are sad to see their homes go. “It’s kind of sad that it’s closing. I made a lot … Continue reading »

Funds to Boost Homeless Veteran Housing

EUGENE, Ore. — Homeless veterans are getting a big boost in housing funding to the tune of $60 million nationwide. Grace Manor staff and tenants are pleased to hear there will be more funding from the HUD Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program, which they say is vital for homeless veterans in Lane County. The … Continue reading »

Program Helps Seniors Stay in Homes

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A local program is working to help senior citizens stay in their homes. Through a $200,000 grant from the Oregon Housing and Community Services, the Community Lending Works Program at NEDCO is now offering low-interest loans to qualified, fixed-income homeowners age 65 and up. The money can be used to update a … Continue reading »

Olive Street to Close for 6 Months

EUGENE, Ore. — A downtown city block will be closed for the next six months while crews work on a major construction project. People who use Olive Street for their downtown commute might need to make some alternate plans. Starting Monday, Olive Street will be closed from 12th to 13th avenues. Signage is already lining … Continue reading »

Councilors Consider Suspending MUPTE

EUGENE, Ore. —  The incentive to add housing to downtown Eugene may soon be on hold. The Eugene city council is considering suspending the Multi-unit Property Tax Exemption program. Councilors say they want to retool the program that provides incentives for multi-housing in the core of downtown. Councilors want to re-evaluate some of the criteria used … Continue reading »