COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. -- The city of Cottage Grove is taking a step in the right direction in hopes of providing a solution for those in search of affordable housing.
Dev Northwest, formerly known as NEDCO, celebrated breaking ground on a new project with a ceremony Friday on Arthur Avenue.
CEO Emily Reiman said that access to land that can be developed can be hard these days.
“We’re looking at homes that are $170/180,000, where the average home on the market in Lane County anymore is $250/300,000,” Reiman said. “We’re building these six new homes using funding from the state of Oregon and in partnership with the city of Cottage Grove.”
On Thursday, Florence celebrated a similar groundbreaking of twelve community land trust homes.
Adam Dallimore is the development associate at Dev NW. He said that a project to provide affordable housing had been in the works for quite some time.
“Between these six houses and hopefully affordable housing projects that will come after it, it’s providing much needed affordable housing to the area for people that are 80 percent of the area's median income,” Dallimore said.
Cottage Grove Mayor Jeff Gowing said the housing crisis is not just in Cottage Grove, and homeowners add to a healthier community.
“Providing more housing for residents in town, there’s a need for it,” Gowing said. “It’s going to be a positive thing to have."
The houses will be completed by May or June of this year. If you are interested in applying for one, you have until Feb. 3 to do so. When that window closes, a lottery system will be put in place to choose the candidates for all six of the homes.
For more information on the houses developed by Dev NW, click here.