Workforce Housing Task Force

Workforce Housing Task Force

The Workforce Housing Task Force is comprised of City Staff, City Councilors, and Community Members/Business Owners. The city applied for a state grant a couple of years ago and recently found out it was awarded the $2.85 million grant. However, the city has not received the funding, nor has the Governor signed the bill yet. For questions, please call city hall at 541-459-2856 or by email at admin@ci.sutherlin.or.us.
Mission:
Examine our existing housing inventory and in viewing our future, research and create solutions for needed housing, essential for bolstering our economy and improving the quality of life for all our citizens. Consider housing types such as workforce, and moderate-low income; and the environments necessary for each.
Goals:
1. Conduct existing inventory.
2. Research history and anticipated future housing needs/trends.
3. Identify all possible resources to assist in accomplishing our mission.
4. Examine potential options.
5. Forecast a ten-year outlook showing the impact.
The Idea and Concept:

Oak Street Commons will be the first managed workforce housing, planned unit development in Sutherlin. The national housing shortage is perhaps felt more deeply in the rural west than in urban settings. We plan on changing that in Sutherlin. Oak Street Commons will be a small village with mixed housing types including townhomes, duplexes, single family dwellings and cottage clusters, to accommodate moderate to low income families who work in Douglas County. With a vacancy rate in Sutherlin of less than 1%, additional housing is critically needed here for all income levels. Our employers are unable to hire new employees or expand their businesses because there are few or no vacancies that are affordable to skilled workers. 
The City of Sutherlin is looking at purchasing a roughly 10-acre parcel on Oak Street and has assembled a group of housing representatives (HUD, HADCO, SDBG, iSector, home builders, business leaders and others) to guide the project to fruition. Phase 1 will provide site infrastructure to include streets, sidewalks, pathways, utilities, storm water drains, community rec center, and park. 

Click on this link for Simplicity Homes by Hayden Homes and select Workforce Housing for more information.


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