Governor Kate Brown Announces Housing Pilot Projects to Support Oregon Families, Communities, and Employers

Future Ready Oregon initiative brings focus to making homes more attainable for Oregonians
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced five housing pilot projects across the state as part of her Future Ready Oregon initiative. The Workforce Housing Initiative, led by the Governor’s Regional Solutions Cabinet, was designed to form partnerships between local communities, the business sector, and private developers to address the housing shortage for working families in Oregon. The Regional Solutions Cabinet includes the directors of six statewide agencies, including Oregon Housing and Community Services, one of the principal agencies involved in the pilot program.

“Our state has grown at a rapid pace over the past eight years, which brings more vibrancy to our communities and to our economy. But with growth comes growing pains, which we feel most acutely as working families try to find a home that is right for them. In all of our communities, even if someone is qualified for a job, they may not be able to live near it,” said Governor Brown. “These pilot projects will provide over 115 Oregon families with safe, stable homes near their work places and inform our plans for accelerating the growth of Oregon’s housing market to match that of the state’s economy.”

“This initiative illustrates the potential of public-private partnerships to address business retention and expansion challenges due to the lack of attainable housing,” said Oregon Housing and Community Services Director Margaret Salazar. “These pilots will help us learn how best to bring together businesses ready to expand, cities and counties ready to invest in infrastructure, developers ready to build homes, and, most critically, current and future employees ready to better their careers.”

The Governor’s Regional Solutions Cabinet selected the five pilots with a focus on employer engagement, as well as the potential for scaling up and replication across the state. There was high demand for financial and technical assistance across the 31 applications received.

  • In Donald, the local agricultural equipment manufacturer GK Machine and the City of Donald have partnered to propose expanding the community. The first phase of the pilot will include upgrading the city’s wastewater and water treatment plants to support 95 new homes, with an eventual planned total of 465 new homes.
  • In Pacific City, Nestucca Ridge Development, the locally-owned parent company of Pelican Brewing Company, will construct 12 homes on several acres they currently own. They will pre-lease six of those to their local employees, over half of whom currently commute from outside of Tillamook County.
  • In Warm Springs, the Jefferson County School District currently owns 8 small homes built in the 1950s that surround the former elementary school. The pilot project will rehabilitate these existing properties and build one new home, making all of them available for local elementary and middle school teachers at the Warm Springs K-8 Academy.
  • In Harney County, local officials will run a study to assess local workforce housing needs. The study will inventory existing housing, identify gaps, and create a strategic implementation and business plan to leverage investments, engage employers and create job opportunities.
  • In Lincoln County, new income-qualified homebuyers will have opportunities to purchase a home through Proud Ground. Proud Ground uses a land trust model to combine a subsidy to lower the purchase price of homes on the open market with land lease and affordability covenants. Lincoln County, Newport, and Lincoln City will invest matching funds as well as partner with the local school district and other employers.

The pilot projects are still subject to successful negotiations and compliance with state and local processes. After compliance with the program requirements, the pilots will begin launching in the coming months.

Registration Opens for Peace Village Day Camp

Registration is now open for the July 30-Aug. 3 session of Peace
Village Newport, a summer day camp for students entering grades
1-6. The Peace curriculum offers students practical skills of
conflict resolution, media literacy, and ecology, as well as music,
art, and craft activities. A total of 45 students will be accepted for
the week’s 9 AM to 3:30 PM program and they will be divided into
three age groups, each with adult and teen leaders.

This five-day Summer Camp for Peacemakers began in Lincoln
City in 1996 and now operates programs in many states. The
Peace Village program involves teachers and students of many life
and faith backgrounds. It also offers students a comprehensive
view of the messages and practices of peace from many world

Adult and teen volunteers are needed as well. Those with
experience in working with elementary age students, and those
with skills in crafts, music, or movement are encouraged to join the
all-volunteer team at Peace Village.

Cost for the week-long program is $60 and includes program
materials, a Peace Village T-shirt, and daily snacks. Limited
scholarship assistance is available. To request an application, call
Kathy DeMeyer at 1-503-930-7479 or email her at

The Short Boats are sailing to Newport!

On May 19th, the Port of Toledo’s fleet of Teak Ladies will be sailing up the Yaquina River, from Newport to Toledo.  This is a rare opportunity to see these three sister vessels under sail.  Each of these beautiful, 17 foot, sail boats have been donated to the Port by individual owners for use in the Toledo Community Boathouse program.  According to David West, a Teak Lady Historian and Honorary Grand Poohbaw of the Teak Lady Society, this is most likely the first time these vessels have sailed together in the past 60 years.

The sail boats will arrive at Dock 3 at the Port of Newport late in the afternoon on Friday, May 18 and will be on display that evening until their departure the following day.  They will depart for Toledo at 12:00 pm on Saturday, May 19th.  The boats will sail upriver to their home dock at the Port of Toledo’s marina, providing many opportunities to view the boats from the Bay Road.

The Teak Lady sloop was designed by Fenton Kelkenny of San Francisco and modeled after larger yachts.  The A. King Slipway in Hong Kong was commissioned to build the boats between the years of 1939 and 1958.  They were built of hand sawn teak and feature custom carved tillers, carved name plates, and hand crafted brass ventilators.  In the 1940’s the Teak Ladies had their own sailing class in San Francisco Bay.

These three boats have been donated to the Port of Toledo for use by the Toledo Community Boathouse.  The first Teak Lady to be donated to the Toledo Community Boathouse was donated by Jim and Carolyn Hitchman of Waldport Oregon in 2009. It is Teak Lady #21, named Ma Zu, and was built in 1958.  In 2011, Robert and Claire McDonald of Spokane, WA donated Teak Lady #11, Che Hon, built in 1939.  The most recent addition to the fleet is donated by David West, and is the prototype Teak Lady, named Yuan Mun built in 1937.  David West located this vessel in San Francisco through his research into the history of the Teak Ladies and he purchased and relocated it to Toledo.

The Teak Ladies are maintained and sailed by members of the Teak Lady Society, a group of volunteers working under the leadership of David West and local boatwright Rick Johnson.  For more information about the Teak Lady Society visit:   All three of the boats will also be on display at the Port of Toledo’s Annual Wooden Boat Show on August 18 and 19, 2018.  This year’s show will feature boats from the Northwest Steam Society.

For more information about the Teak Lady Sail or the Wooden Boat Show please contact the Port’s office at 541-336-5207 or email


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