Bulletin Staff Report

Affordable housing developers in Deschutes and Jefferson counties will receive about $7.7 million from Oregon Housing and Community Services to build more than 100 homes.

The awards, announced Monday, are part of a $34.9 million program that focuses on building homes in rural communities and for minority populations. Housing Works will receive $6.6 million to build 23 apartments in Madras and 67 in Redmond through a partnership with the Latino Community Association.

The Madras apartments will all have two bedrooms, while the Redmond units will have one, two or three bedrooms. All units will be reserved for families making between 30% and 60% of the area median income — between $20,880 and $41,760 in Redmond or between $15,840 and $31,680 in Madras.

These apartments are scheduled to open in the fall of 2020, according to Housing Works.

Bend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity will receive about $1.1 million split between two developments in Bend. Northwest Cottages, near the intersection of Newport Avenue and College Way, will be nine two- and three-bedroom homes built under the city’s cottage code.

Watercress Condos, in northeast Bend near Ponderosa Elementary School, will have eight two- or three-bedroom homes. Both Habitat developments will be available to purchase by families making 80 percent of the median income or less. That’s $55,700 for a family of four.

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