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Oregon State Representative Pam Marsh, District 5 - Southern Jackson County announcing the first Project Turnkey site at the OHRA Center in Ashland on Feb. 4, 2021.

Statewide

Project Turnkey on Pace to House 800-1000 People Statewide

You may have seen OCF in the news lately regarding Project Turnkey, an innovative way to address urgent housing needs throughout the state. OCF is providing leadership and serving as the fiscal agent for Project Turnkey. The project is gaining momentum with three additional grants awarded in late February, 2021 to properties located in Corvallis, Eugene and Lincoln City.

“The scale of this humanitarian crisis for unsheltered Oregonians is enormous,” said Dr. Ernesto Fonseca, CEO, Hacienda CDC and Project Turnkey Advisory Committee Member. “Project Turnkey is one innovative and cost-effective solution that brings affordable housing in record time to people in critical need.”

Earlier last month, the first Project Turnkey property was announced in Ashland, Oregon. The new OHRA Center expects to start housing people this month.

Thanks to OCF’s expert partners and consultants, the real-estate process is moving quickly and with a high level of confidence that the proposed properties will be good long-term investments of state dollars. Project Turnkey is currently on pace to bring 18-20 projects forward for funding consideration.

Project Turnkey addresses emergent housing needs in the wake of the COVID pandemic, the wildfires and recovery and beyond. These facilities provide safe shelter in the short term as well as longer term transitional or permanent supportive housing.

Northwest Coastal Housing (NWCH) in Lincoln City is slated to receive $3.348 million in state funds to purchase a 42-room hotel along Highway 101 in Lincoln City, Oregon. Priority will be given to community members displaced by the Echo Mountain Complex Fire.

Project Turnkey Background

In November, 2020, the State of Oregon approved $65 million to purchase and transform motels to house vulnerable community members displaced by wildfires. There are two discrete funds: one for $30 million specifically for wildfire affected counties and tribal communities and one for $35 million for the balance of state.

Questions

If you have questions or would like to learn more about Project Turnkey, please contact Program Officer, Megan Loeb via email at mloeb@oregoncf.org.

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